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The Man in the Iron Mask | [Alexandre Dumas]

The Man in the Iron Mask

A tale of mystery, adventure, and political intrigue, this conclusion to Dumas’ swashbuckling musketeer saga is based on the true story of a masked prisoner who dwelled in the Bastille during the Louis XIV’s reign and whose identity remains in question to this day.
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Publisher's Summary

Thirty-five years after the events of The Three Musketeers, d’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis find themselves caught between conflicting loyalties in a power struggle that could change the face of the French monarchy.

For eight long years, a young prisoner has languished within the dreaded Bastille, his face hidden in an iron mask. He knows neither his true identity nor the crime for which he has been imprisoned. But Aramis knows this secret—a secret so dangerous, it could topple the King from his throne! Will his cause divide the once indivisible band of musketeers?

A tale of mystery, adventure, and political intrigue, this conclusion to Dumas’ swashbuckling musketeer saga is based on the true story of a masked prisoner who dwelled in the Bastille during the Louis XIV’s reign and whose identity remains in question to this day.

Public Domain (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

This swashbuckling conclusion to Dumas’s musketeer saga pits the brave band of heroes against each other in a power struggle that could change the face of the French monarchy.

“No part of the world has ever seemed to me so charming as these pages, and not even my friends are quite so real, perhaps quite so dear, as d’Artagnan.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

“The name Alexandre Dumas is more than French—it is universal.” (Victor Hugo)

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-31-13
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Better than any movie"

    I've seen many, many movies based on this story and each one has the same theme. The man in the Iron Mask was the kings twin. History doesn't know whether he was or not. So, a lot of movies were based on the whispering of the French nobility. So, I decided after listening too/reading Oliver Twist and finding it didn't match any movie I decided to do this book. I was surprised that the movies have it wrong. Imagine that? But what do they have wrong and write? Read and find out! I like the narrator of this book as he doesn't get the voices confused as he reads along. I can also understand why this book should be required reading in school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Shawnee, OK, United States 09-10-12
    Jay Shawnee, OK, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    This story was not as thrilling as The Count of Monte Cristo but still a very good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 08-06-12
    Joel JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not very pleased."

    Essentially, it covers the four musketeers thirty-five years later where Aramis knows a state secret and attempts to over throw the king. However, it barely involves the poor soul condemned to the iron mask, not justification is ever redeemed, and we find ourselves mourning the lost of some beloved characters. The Three Musketeers was about the beginning of four intertwined souls and the Man in the Iron Mask is about their ending. Out of all of Dumas works that I have read, I am the least pleased with this one.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 09-10-13
    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2004

    I love a good book...

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    "Anticlimatic"

    Simon Vance did a great job reading this book, but the story was not as exciting as the other books. It was appropriate though for it to be weaker and slower since it dealt with the end of the lives of the "4". I would still read it though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 03-31-13
    Rebecca 03-31-13 Member Since 2009

    Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!

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    "The Musketeers Get Old"

    The four musketeers age and are near the end of their careers. Huge disappointment after reading "The Black Count", the bio about Dumas' father, and "The Three Musketeers".

    There is intrigue, and witty solutions, for the dangers our heroes get into and adventure. However, it dragged out way too long. And, when the man is put into the iron mask, that part of the story simply ends. I thought it would resolve later.

    Many historical figures, Louis XIV, Jean-Baptiste Colbert (treasurer), Nicolas Fouquet (Superintendent of France), and several of the king's mistresses.

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    ellen 01-05-13
    ellen 01-05-13
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    "more muskateers than mask"

    this was not a book about the man in the iron mask. it was 21 hours plus about the four muskateers the iron mask took up about one hour. If i had read the reviews first I would have known However I was going on the assumption from the movie adaptions that this would be about that story. if you are looking for an book about the iron mask this is not it. this is just more muskateers and their story. not a bad book but not what I was looking for and paid for and spent all that time listening to and waiting for me mask which never came.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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