The narrator has a nice voice and it's nice to have someone else pronounce all of the French names for me! The narrator uses a high-pitched voice for the dialog of female characters, which is entertaining and keeps you from getting lulled to sleep by such a pleasant voice.
This is my first Dumas book but I'd be willing to read another. I thought I knew this story well because of the movies and plays I'd seen of it but the original is so different then edited versions that I was surprised.
No, but it could be. I prefer taking stories in pieces so I can think about what has happened for a bit before I go on reading. This one did well in pieces for me.
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Often the banter between the companions had me laughing out loud...even while exercising. That is fun!
He captures multiple voices for all the main characters consistently through the story.
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I used the feature that allows me to read or listen to a book. I originally read this book a long time ago, and I had a difficult time. However, after listening to the reader with his great voice and manner, I got into the story, even when I was reading it myself. I like the feature that I can touch a word when I'm reading the eBook and I get a definition or Wikipedia listing. Sometimes I read along with the audiobook reader. I'm moving out of the country and I'm packing my "hard-copy" books as I catalog them, using "Goodreads"; so now the eBooks are the right thing for me.
I especially liked Aramis, because I, too was a seminarian.
I especially liked the way John Lee portrayed Athos fatherly manner.
This book is too long to listen to in one sitting.
This is my first venture into the latest technology of syncronizing my desktop, my iPad,my iPhone with eBook and audioBook.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
First Dumas I've read, and it was a romp. Loosely on history of the King's Musketeers and the siege of La Rochelle which was a Protestant rebellion or the Huegenots, this is a tale of intrigue and the battle of good vs evil.
Fictionalized historic characters include King Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu, Monsieur de Tréville, Anne of Austria, Duke of Buckingham, and his assassin, John Felton. The characters, both historical and not, are fabulous, and the setting and descriptions wonderfully detailed.
While different from the many movies based on it, this makes me want to go back and see some of those treasures again, and to read more by Dumas.
John Lee's narration was superb and kept the pace of this book wonderfully.
I read the Dumas novel more than half a century ago, and have very much enjoyed the way John Lee brought the characters back to life in this Audible version. I gave an overall rating of four stars, but this was primarily because I could not offer four and one-half, as I should have preferred.
Lee's delivery is well-paced and clear. The flow is always suitable for the text, and changes appropriately as required. The characters indeed appear "real" as he presents them, from the noble Athos to the despicable Milady.
My only criticism -- a mild reproach at that -- is the obvious one. Given the number of characters, the voice of a single narrative may perhaps have been somewhat overworked. For example, Lee tries to effect a somewhat gruff tone for the long-suffering Athos, but the result is that the character sounds older than the chronological age Dumas gave him. Similarly, he is not altogether convincing with the female voices.
This minor point aside, I heartily recommend the production, which runs more than 23 hours in duration. Dumas' tale has enthralled readers for generations, and now in can captivate listeners as well!
I am at a loss on this score, although I also read the same author's TWENTY YEARS AFTER, a somewhat inferior work.
This was my first encounter with John Lee, and I look forward to hearing his narrations of other works!
John Lee is one of the best audiobook readers.
The story is very exciting. You can see how movie adaptations become so adventurous and fun to watch (even though they only borrow like two chapters worth of content from the original book) because the book feels very fast paced even though it's fairly long.
He does a great job distinguishing character voices without sounding silly or excessive. He also handles the french well and makes it easy to listen for those of us who have no inkling toward understanding it at all.
The many times when a character was trying to catch up with another to prevent some unknown horrible thing -- so intense! Also, Athos' backstory.
Highly recommended. Brace yourself for the ending though.
No. It is too long to listen to in one sitting.But I will listen to this book more than once!
It was so enjoyable that I was sad when it was over.
"It was a stormy and dark night". This audio version of the book was well performed and evocative. It allowed me to visualize the scene and develop strong connections with or against the characters. I think the narrator got it just right.
This story has everything - great characters, intrigue, romance, and humor. It's always been a favorite of mine but John Lee's narration truly brings it to life!
Well the ending of course.
He captures all the Musketeers perfectly but I like D'Artagnan best.
I wish John Lee would narrate all the books in this series. I just downloaded "Twenty Years After" so will have to adjust to the new "voice".