Light, fast and funny.
Actually, I think I liked the author himself the most. He portrayed human nature succinctly without making the book a lecture in psychology. His depiction of three moderately young soldiers, full of life and themselves, welcoming young d'Artangnan's keener edge and yet great naiivety, was woven with a low-level plot but genuine hijinx that you can easily imagine. No fan fare, typical male bonding, and a laugh a minute.
He has a great French accent and wonderful timing. His portrayal of the characters was well interpreted, I think.
I had the Disney version of the movie in my head from the start and kept waiting for the book's plot to resemble that of the movie. I was disappointed in that regard, and yet relieved to find the book's plot was something that could truly have been a part of history.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
A most excellent book about d’Artagnan’s adventures with Athos, Porthos and Aramis, foiling Cardinal Richlieu’s plan to embarrass the Queen of France and the Duke of Buckingham due to his wounded ego. Milady de Winter is a consummate villainess – she must be a sociopath. I also read a children’s version to the kids to great success (even wrote my own kiddie cliff notes) and we are going to celebrate by eating a period French meal and watch the movie. Fabulous read that I would re-read again and again! I am on to the other d’Artagnan romances now!
An old classic comes to life in a very entertaining way. Dumas is a great story teller, very humorous and beautiful prose. Simon Vance does an excellent job acting the characters. This is a wonderful read. I was sorry to see it end.
I have to say I was a little disappointed by the story. There are some exciting sections, but on the whole I often found my mind wandering while it was playing. It did not say which translation was used. I wonder if that might be a part of the problem.
This would not be high on a list of books I'd recommend, unless you happen to be especially interested in this genre and period. There is an abundance of relatively obscure geographical, historical and cultural details that are not very clearly presented which tended to get in the way of the story.
I really enjoy Simon Vance as a reader, and his readings of Charles Dickens (among other authors) are fantastic. His performance here produces distinctively realized characters, and he is a pleasure to listen to, but the plot just didn't give me enough to really care about all that much.
I am a church music minister, music educator, and performer in jazz and black spiritual music.
Swashbuckling, romantic, funny, and the very highest adventure. The mystery of seduction and subterfuge, the gallantry of swordplay, and the thick web of love and politics are brilliantly read and written. I was entranced. I found myself leaving early for gigs so that I could sneak an extra ten minutes listening to this in the car in the parking lot. I loved every second of it.
The Three Musketeers is a story many of us know but from the movies. I recently changed my genre from Fantasy Sci-Fi to come classics. This story is masterfully written especially considering it was written in the mid 1800???s. The plot hooks and turns with every detail from one situation to another relate somehow and often in more than one way. The reader does a great job creating different voices to the point where we know who is speaking without the reader telling us.
If you???re looking for a familiar story with many more details than you may be used to read by a wonderful reader, The Three Musketeers should be in your library.
I am still listening to this book, but it is absolutely awesome! I have already read The Count of Monte Cristo, and have tried to pickup this book a few times but never found time to finish reading it. Audiobook is the way to go, and Simon Vance does a great job with this reading. The main characters are all distinctly different and entertaining.
I dont know how I could have missed this author as I am an avid reader. Having just recently read the Count of Monte Christo, I had to have more. The Three Musketeers is equally as good, so grand, funny, and hard to stop listening to. I listen in the car on the way home from work and I often found myself sitting in the garage just wanting to hear a little more. I found this narrator to be very good, he pronounced evrything very well however I don't think he made the characters come to life as some others have. I am writing this review after having had 3 audiobooks and this was my first, so I did't realise this until after the fact
This intriguing tale is full of rich characters and clever dialogue of the times. Unfortunately, it is also of the time before there were professional editors. This tomb would have made a better short story. A fact made more even more obvious after 21 hours of audio. The reader does a very good job but its length exceeded my interest on more than one occasion.