I was pleasantly surprised by the length of this book. I think it achieves its goal of combining better attention to facts/accuracy (as opposed to legend) with a more interesting style of writing than, say, a history textbook.
In an effort to dispute the legends/stereotypes of Venetians being misers and tricksters, the book attempts to show their side of the story. I tend to think that yes, it is very unlikely that all venetians were greed motivated and sneaky. But I also think that it's just as unlikely that the Venetians were never ever ever at fault for anything that happened to them over a period of many centuries. I think that the author favors the Venetians so strongly that it makes them out to be the victims of everything when in reality, it's probable that sometimes they deserved their fate, and sometimes they didn't -- like most humans on this planet.
Aside from the occasional melodrama, I found this book very interesting and informative and definitely worth reading. I would, however, recommend the BOOK over the audiobook as this particular performance is odd. I don't mind the reader's voice or portrayal, but there are lots of weird... burps, gurgles, and other strange vocal noises that happen a lot within the book. This is unbearably annoying when listening through headphones and it makes me want to turn it off and just buy the actual book.
So: Story is great. Performance is meh.
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.
Exciting, Suspenseful, Intricate
The story is so intricate, but every moment and word is completely necessary. Dumas does a great job making the plot strong and exciting, while still allowing the reader intimate connection with the characters.
Listened to 3 Musketeers. John Lee does a fantastic job of pronouncing the french, distinguishing the voices and not making female characters sound stupid. One of the best audiobook readers I've ever heard. Highly recommended and sought after.
Definitely cried through the last few chapters.
Favorite book ever. Best audiobook version.
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