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".
Highly recommended for those that still have the ability to keep their attention span high for longer than an infomercial. Alexandre Dumas' books are well crafted and although quite similiar in many aspects still well done.
John Lee was well chosen to deliver the French and English present. Even hearing the names seemed magical under his narration.
The twisted paths that knit together our heroes is still a favorite story technique that I personally find fascinating.
I think this is one of John Lee's top 10 and I've never heard a bad John Lee narration. Ever.
Never too serious, even during the darkest hours, Dumas' use of well established characters and his predictable writing style leave a very comfortable listen as well as a good read ranging from the serious to the laughable.
I had never read or watched the original Dumas story and it was very enjoyable. I will recommend it for my children to read as soon as they are old enough. The characters were wonderfully developed and Dumas' humor was a great surprise throughout the book. On top of it all, the performance by John Lee was right-on. He brought the characters to life for me. It was a perfect book for my long, daily commute.
I loved his french accents and his use of voice to distinguish the speakers in the dialogues. His acting just brought it all to life. This type of performance highlights the value of audiobooks.
The overall evil spewed by MeLady, the villainess was intriguing. In the end, Dumas does a wonderful job of explaining the reasons for her treachery. I hated and loved that character all the way through the novel.
What a fun swashbuckling adventure interpreted by the very talented John Lee! So far, Mr Lee has not disappointed me with any of his performances and this is no exception. I had never had a chance to read "The Three Musketeers" and this was a fantastic way to discover this wonderful classic. I was surprised at how dark the story was, considering the movie interpretations we are familiar with. Superb story interpreted very well by Mr. Lee!
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
This is one of the top five audiobooks that I have read.
It is hard to compare this book others as it is such a source of inspiration for other stories. It is in the vein of great adventures like treasure Island and The Princess Bride.
Excellent pronounciation of words in a genuine French accent.
The action sequences are quite great. Much better than any on screen adaptation I ahve seen.
If you are like me you are looking at this book after having seen movie adaptations. Prepare to realize just how great D'artangan truly is!