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A. A. Green

Huntsville, AL USA | Member Since 2009

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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
    (1059)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (811)

    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!"
    "What Fun!"
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    Reading The Three Musketeers was great fun! I especially loved the way it ended. I count it among my favorites now, and will no doubt read it again. The impressive combination of Alexandre Dumas and John Lee brought it to life for me in a way I didn't think possible. I love it!

    ***NOTE 1: Thanks to Audible and John Lee for making this experience possible. It was important to me that the experience be authentic, realistic, and free flowing. Through Audible's and John Lee's efforts, everything that I feared would make reading a noted classic like this cumbersome or difficult???has disappeared. Instead, it was just... amazing!

    ***NOTE 2: Mr. Lee, PLEASE narrate James Clavell's Shogun and King Rat! I think only you could really do them justice.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the Iron Mask

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Sherman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Deep inside the dreaded Bastille, a 23-year-old prisoner called merely "Philippe" has languished for eight long, dark years. He does not know his real name or what crime he is supposed to have committed. But Aramis, one of the original Three Musketeers, has bribed his way into the cell to reveal the shocking secret that has kept Philippe locked away from the world. That carefully concealed truth could topple Louis XIV, king of France, which is exactly what Aramis is plotting to do.

    A. A. Green says: "All for one, and one for all."
    "All for one, and one for all."
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    Ahh... Another favorite adventure with those amazing Musketeers! And sadly the last.

    Oh, Aramis, dear Aramis! If only you had known of the maxim, "Loose lips sink ships." Why did you not keep your mouth shut?!

    Oh well. I allow the author to tell the story--as much as I wanted it to unfold differently, I trusted and yielded to Monsieur Dumas' judgement. I am glad I did. Dumas is a true MASTER of the art of storytelling.

    Having only read the first (The Three Musketeers) and the last (The Man in the Iron Mask) in the series, I feel that I haven't gotten my fill of these great friends and their adventures. I feel I should need to go back and read all volumes in the series--at some point.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love Dumas' work. He is one of my two all-time favorite authors (Tolkien being the other), and he has never disappointed (The Count of Monte Cristo was also amazing!).

    The death of all but one of the Musketeers by the end of the book was unexpected to me and made me a bit sad, but it was handled so beautifully by Dumas that my heart still soared at the wonderful adventure I had just been on with my four old friends, and I knew that things were as they should be.

    I absolutely recommend this book, and I shall almost certainly read it again someday. Oddly, I have never read a book that was SO incredibly different from the Hollywood film adaptation, in my life. It was as if they were two different stories altogether. Amazing!I had previously seen the movie version with Richard Chamberlain, and enjoyed it thoroughly, so it was something of a pleasant surprise for me to find that the book was SO different that it didn't detract from my memories of watching the movie--which is so often the case because invariably books are better than their film counterparts. Now I can enjoy both. Perhaps someday, someone in Hollywood should remake this story and more closely follow Dumas story line.

    Anyway, I respectfully close with this:"Athos--Porthos--D'Artagnan--Aramis, farewell till we meet again!"

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3866)
    Performance
    (2181)
    Story
    (2232)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "Astonishing!"
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    I will be as brief as possible. I have meant to read some of Dumas' work (specifically, The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo) for quite a number of years, but have never made time for them, for various reasons???most of which now seem... utterly ridiculous. I am kicking myself! I have now read them both, with the aid of Audible and the great John Lee. Both are excellent books! I wish I had read them long ago. The Three Musketeers was great fun. I count it among my favorites, and will no doubt read it again; however, The Count of Monte Cristo is stunning???astonishing???amazing???incredible! The combination of Alexandre Dumas and John Lee brought it to life for me in a way I've never experienced. The Lord of the Rings has long been my favorite book, but I find myself struggling with that choice now. The Count of Monte Cristo is so good. I doubt I will ever watch a movie of this book, even if the great Peter Jackson remakes it. I never want to lose the wonderful images in my mind and the feelings in my heart that reading this amazing book has left me with.

    ***NOTE 1: Thanks to Audible and John Lee for making this experience possible. It was important to me that the experience be authentic, realistic, and free flowing. Through Audible's and John Lee's efforts, everything that I feared would make reading a huge classic like this cumbersome or difficult???has disappeared. Instead, it was just... amazing!

    ***NOTE 2: Mr. Lee, PLEASE narrate James Clavell's Shogun and King Rat! I think only you could really do them justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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