I'm still in the beginning of the book because I just haven't had time to get back to it since just before the holidays; but I love the movie version (with Michael York, Richard Chamberlain, Faye Dunaway, and others) so I wanted to read the book. When I saw that it was available as an audible, I thought it would be fun to listen to someone else "narrating" it for me. So far I have not been disappointed.
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YEs... can paint while I listen.
Epic scope, great humor, amazing dialogue.
Great accents. Very French.
The fight scenes are very citing, but the humor in the mis adventures tween fights... classic... could be performed on stage at the Ren-fest every year till dooms day.
You like swash buckling? This is the place where it all started! You ever dream of being an handsome, well dressed, well spoken, romantic, sexy, witty, and best swords-man in the known world? You MUST listen to this wild tale of valor, honor, lust, greed, politics, evil, goodness, humor and heroic swords play!
I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.
The narration at some points was a little difficult to follow with everyone having VERY similar names, however that has more to do with the author Alexandre Dumas than it does with John Lee.
This classic novelist does not disappoint! I have seen the many movies but this is the first time that I have "read" the book and am looking forward to listening to the many sequels. John Lee as narrator is, as always, right on in his interpretation of the characters. A satisfying purchase. thanks audible for bring me the Classics this way
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.
Been there Done that
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!