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Francesca

Berkeley, CA, United States

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  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (987)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "A True Timeless Classic"
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    Where does The Three Musketeers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only listened to audiobooks on long road trips before, so that was my intention when I purchased this audiobook. I was so captivated by the story; John Lee's excellent storytelling really brings Dumas' characters to life. I kept listening long after the trip was over. I listened while walking my dog, when I was working, and it made the best kind of bedtime story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I quickly fell in love with the novel's protagonist, young D'Artagnan, who is around my age. He won my heart, but Athos won my everything else. Cool, clever, and with the irresistible "tortured hero" background story, it's no surprise he's a leader within the group.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee made sure each character had a distinct voice, so even when it wasn't stated, I could easily recognize which character was speaking. Lee's voice is just a pleasure to hear and he narrated excellently. Every bit of tension feels so real; it feels like you're actually in the story!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and though it's nearly 24 hours in total and took me about 3 weeks to listen to completely, I devoted every second of my spare time to listening to this audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for fans of adventure!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (11280)
    Performance
    (6799)
    Story
    (6891)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Dune Review"
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    Like so many of the previous reviews, I was displeased with the switching of narration between a single actor and several.

    I did not find the switching hard to follow, but rather I would've preferred each character only have one voice. Personally, I would rather Simon Vance have performed the whole thing himself, especially as the multi-actor parts occasionally seemed to have an echo and Vance outshone the other cast members anyway.

    The plot is pretty thrilling. Despite my negative opinion on the narration direction, I think the story holds up well enough on its own with the majority of the book performed by Vance that I recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for an adventurous story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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