Of course you've heard of the three famous swordsmen, but did you know that the novel is really funny, as well as replete with romance and adventure? John Lee does, and his narration plays up all three attributes to great effect. For those who need a reminder, Dumas's classic adventure presents the escapades of three of King Louis's musketeers, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, plus D'Artagnan (a musketeer in training) as they foil a few of Cardinal Richelieu's many devious plots. Amid much swordplay, they actually utter the famous line: "All for one and one for all." Lee struggles a bit with accents and characterizations early in the production. His hesitations disappear after a few chapters, however, and he gives fine voice to the rest of the madcap tale.
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How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
I wonder how many of us have actually read this clasic. Too many of us think we know the story from the movies, but I assure you it is far more clever, witty, complicated and suspenseful than any film rendition.
I had listened to another audio version of this book many years ago, but knew John Lee would bring it to life far better this time around. His timing, clarity, distinction of the character voices are excellent.
Do yourself a favor, listen to this classic and be taken away to the gallantry and intrigue of France in the early 17th century.
After seeing so many movies based on the book I decided to read the book. Boy was I shocked when I read it! Where is half the garbage you see in all Hollywood movies? Why wasn't the truth in them? Here we get the whole unadulterated facts of the story and it’s well worth the time. In the end I thought I was reading a parody book, but I also learned in the end it was well worth the read.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A must-have for fans of adventure!
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
First Dumas I've read, and it was a romp. Loosely on history of the King's Musketeers and the siege of La Rochelle which was a Protestant rebellion or the Huegenots, this is a tale of intrigue and the battle of good vs evil.
Fictionalized historic characters include King Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu, Monsieur de Tréville, Anne of Austria, Duke of Buckingham, and his assassin, John Felton. The characters, both historical and not, are fabulous, and the setting and descriptions wonderfully detailed.
While different from the many movies based on it, this makes me want to go back and see some of those treasures again, and to read more by Dumas.
John Lee's narration was superb and kept the pace of this book wonderfully.
The Three Musketeers is another masterpiece from the writer, Alexandre Dumas. Written with terrific skill, this novel relates the story of D'Ärtagnan and his three companions Athos, Porthos, and Aremis seeking to foil the schemes of the imposing Cardinal and faithfully serve the King. This novel contains incredible themes, intricate plots, and is a well written novel. The Three Musketeers well deserves its title among the top classics. The story kept me captivated and on the edge the entire way! John Lee is an outstanding narrator! With his incredible ability to change to the voices of the characters, he brought the novel alive. Overall, the audiobook, The Three Musketeers, is well worth the time and money!
This is the first time I have ever read this story and found it enthralling, because the action is almost constant. It drew me in from the beginning and did not let me go to the end. Several times it seemed like the story was about to come to a close when there was a new development. I liked the twists and turns and feel like this book is a classic for a reason. It is very long, but well worth the time. I think the British accent of the narrator only helps the story (although it is a little strange when you realize some of the characters are supposed to not be able to understand English).
I was a little surprised in reading this book. The musketeers have been portrayed as chivalrous heroes. After reading this, I have a much different impression. Sure they are "All for one and one for all" and willing to die for the king, but these guys are no role models. Their behavior boarders on amoral with the amount of adultery, extortion, drunkenness, etc. They take themselves to be above the law.
It took me a while to get pulled into to this. The writing is very good but different than contemporary writers. Once you get into the mode of the language, it flows along at a steady pace. This book is filled with a lot of adventure, romance, intrigue, as well as the amoral behavior I mentioned above. I would have liked the fighting and battles to have more detail. Dumas doesn't spend a lot of time on that as I would have liked. The real villain doesn't show up until half way through the book and the brutality of the ending was a surprise.
Narration is very good. John Lee provides good emotion and voice inflections to help make it enjoyable.
Overall, I was impressed with Dumas' writing. This is a classic for a reason. The movies just don't tell the whole story.
I think this is the longest book I've ever listened to. It just drags on. When Milady was a prisoner it just dragged on forever. I don't think I want to buy anymore of his titles.
He's a good narrator. It's just the story that goes on forever
I felt like a 15 year old boy again while listening to this audio book. Dumas is the best of the genre. The Count of Monte Cristo is better because of the mystery of the Count but this book has it all the adventure and romance that one could wish for. You do get the impression though that this was serialized and that Dumas was working on capitalizing on adventure.
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