This will be one of the top books.
I identify with Athos more than the others; but, the four protagonists were fun as a whole.
Yes, if I could forego sleep.
Far more fun than anticipated.
I'd recommend the book as a continuation of a GREAT story established in The Three Musketeers. But to me, it starts VERY slowly, and finally gets really interesting for the last 40% of the book. I stuck with it because I had already fallen love with the characters. I'd not recommend it as a 'stand alone' book. But liked it well enough as part of the series.
Comparing plot and story lines, it's about 60% as good as "The Three Musketeers", and 40% as good as "The Count of Monte Christo"
I particularly like John Lee's narration - I like his voices and emphasis. I wish he'd done 'all' the Dumas books.
This is the first time I have ever read this story and found it enthralling, because the action is almost constant. It drew me in from the beginning and did not let me go to the end. Several times it seemed like the story was about to come to a close when there was a new development. I liked the twists and turns and feel like this book is a classic for a reason. It is very long, but well worth the time. I think the British accent of the narrator only helps the story (although it is a little strange when you realize some of the characters are supposed to not be able to understand English).
I was a little surprised in reading this book. The musketeers have been portrayed as chivalrous heroes. After reading this, I have a much different impression. Sure they are "All for one and one for all" and willing to die for the king, but these guys are no role models. Their behavior boarders on amoral with the amount of adultery, extortion, drunkenness, etc. They take themselves to be above the law.
It took me a while to get pulled into to this. The writing is very good but different than contemporary writers. Once you get into the mode of the language, it flows along at a steady pace. This book is filled with a lot of adventure, romance, intrigue, as well as the amoral behavior I mentioned above. I would have liked the fighting and battles to have more detail. Dumas doesn't spend a lot of time on that as I would have liked. The real villain doesn't show up until half way through the book and the brutality of the ending was a surprise.
Narration is very good. John Lee provides good emotion and voice inflections to help make it enjoyable.
Overall, I was impressed with Dumas' writing. This is a classic for a reason. The movies just don't tell the whole story.
I think this is the longest book I've ever listened to. It just drags on. When Milady was a prisoner it just dragged on forever. I don't think I want to buy anymore of his titles.
He's a good narrator. It's just the story that goes on forever
I felt like a 15 year old boy again while listening to this audio book. Dumas is the best of the genre. The Count of Monte Cristo is better because of the mystery of the Count but this book has it all the adventure and romance that one could wish for. You do get the impression though that this was serialized and that Dumas was working on capitalizing on adventure.
Enjoyable, romp through 17th Century France, and briefly, England, with colorful heroes and really vile villains, both male and female.
I really thought I would like this book so much more than I did!
I think I like the idea of it more than the actual facts of the story.
I listened to the whole thing and was dismayed because doggone it, I like it when the good guys win decisively and I have a happy ending.
So the decadent lifestyles were distressing to me and I wanted different outcomes to many parts.
So I see why it's a classic, but I won't listen to it again. Just not my cup of tea.