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The Three Musketeers | [Alexandre Dumas]

The Three Musketeers

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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---including the seductively beautiful but deadly femme fatale, Milady, and D'Artagnan's equally beautiful love, Madame Bonacieux---The Three Musketeers continues, after a century and a half of continuous publication, to define the genre of swashbuckling romance and historical adventure.

©1923 Public Domain; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Francesca Berkeley, CA, United States 05-01-13
    Francesca Berkeley, CA, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A True Timeless Classic"
    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
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    Rebecca 11-10-12
    Rebecca 11-10-12 Member Since 2009

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

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    "Original and Fabulous"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 05-18-15
    Joseph 05-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "took a while to catch my attention"

    overall a good read though. definitely had unexpected turns in the mix which you don't find very often

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    Rick United States 05-04-15
    Rick United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Does it ever stop"
    Would you try another book from Alexandre Dumas and/or John Lee?

    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.


    What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

    He's a good narrator. It's just the story that goes on forever


    Do you think The Three Musketeers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO!


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    augustine 05-01-15
    augustine 05-01-15
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    "If you wish to feel like a 15 year old boy again.."

    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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    Stephen H Nash 04-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "They don't make them like this anymore"

    Enjoyable, romp through 17th Century France, and briefly, England, with colorful heroes and really vile villains, both male and female.

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    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 04-26-15
    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 04-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic, but not a favorite of mine"

    I really thought I would like this book so much more than I did!
    I think I like the idea of it more than the actual facts of the story.
    I listened to the whole thing and was dismayed because doggone it, I like it when the good guys win decisively and I have a happy ending.
    So the decadent lifestyles were distressing to me and I wanted different outcomes to many parts.
    So I see why it's a classic, but I won't listen to it again. Just not my cup of tea.

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    John A. Ryan Rome, NY, USA 04-22-15
    John A. Ryan Rome, NY, USA 04-22-15 Member Since 2014

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    "What can I say about the Three Musketeers"

    I guess the only thing I feel qualified enough to rate is the performance of John Lee- I found his performance outstanding. The characters discernable, and his alliteration is superb. Lee provides the reading this classic deserves.

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    Jason Walker 04-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "They don't call them CLASSICS for nothing!!!"

    Great Book!! The narrator was perfect for this story!! Can't wait to listen again. Wish I had Audible when I was younger.

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    Ryan Destin, FL, US 04-22-15
    Ryan Destin, FL, US 04-22-15
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    "Not to be missed"

    Not only does the story-telling of Dumas put most novels to shame, but also the voice performance of John Lee is unparalleled.

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    "Great Romp"

    Having seen the films I did not know what to expect. There are so many twists and turns in the emotions of the book and the story. This reading really bought out the humour.

    The reading was brilliant I soon became absorbed into the story. The narrator was extremely good and after a while I was unaware of the narrator's voice and only heard the characters.

    I recommend this book

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    "Unlikable characters"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm glad I finished it, I was curious enough to know how it ended to finish it. But the muskateers are really rather unlikable characters, nothing much like their on screen counterparts, they're snobs, fight over the smallest insult, sleep with richer, older women to get their money, and are generally quick to kill and fickle. Not really what I was expecting...


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