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The Three Musketeers Audiobook
The Three Musketeers
Written by: 
Alexandre Dumas
Narrated by: 
John Lee
The Three Musketeers Audiobook

The Three Musketeers [Audiobook]

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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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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-02-15
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "You’ll be shocked"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Francesca Berkeley, CA, United States 05-01-13
    Francesca Berkeley, CA, United States 05-01-13
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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!

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-08-15
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-08-15 Member Since 2015

    From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.

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    "Remarkable Wit, Suspenseful and Entertaining"

    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.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Greg & Sara Masarik 03-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent storyteller with a tawdry story"

    Sadly, I think that BBC TV is doing a better job with the spirit of this text and the text does on its own. This book is far longer than it needs to be and is totally unfulfilling. The characters have highly questionable morals and the plot is just weak. John Lee is a brilliant narrator; The performance was great it's just that the text itself was disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Fig Tree Pocket, Australia 08-27-11
    Dave Fig Tree Pocket, Australia 08-27-11
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    "Outstanding Novel!"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracet Hamden, CT, United States 06-17-14
    Tracet Hamden, CT, United States 06-17-14
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    "What a letdown"

    I know. I know. One star?? A swashbuckling adventure novel beloved for a couple of centuries? Yeah, well.

    I've tried to read this before. It had "me" written all over it: aforementioned buckling of swashes, romance and derring-do and so forth. But I never penetrated very far. There was a tone – perhaps to the particular translation I tried, perhaps to the work itself – that just put me off, exemplified by the instance of D'Artagnan selling the yellow horse after his father impressed upon him how he must never do so, and he promised faithfully that he would not. It was such a dishonorable, dishonest, ugly thing to do, in a book I had expected to be dripping with honor – and it was just the beginning.

    Last year I finally went with the audiobook, on the theory that classics that have not held a huge amount of interest for me go down better read aloud. I hold the reader, John Lee, responsible for my being able to finish it with as much tolerance as I did; if I’d been just reading words on a page I think it would have ended up in the trash by page 200. I hated this. I truly, deeply hated this. I’ve seen at least a couple of movie versions; I’ve enjoyed them, somewhat, as frothy swashbucklers, of course. I always expected the book to be better, though.

    One of my two Goodreads comments on the book was:
    "These people are all horrible - honorless, slutty morons. And this is a classic, beloved by schoolboys for - what, over 200 years? God help us."

    And that’s my biggest problem with the book. Perhaps it was supposed to be ironic, some kind of commentary on honor and courage and standards and morality through the depiction of noble swordsmen who were actually men you wouldn’t trust alone with a coin or a woman. I don’t remember ever coming across that take on it, though.

    Athos, Porthos, Aramis, D'Artagnan. These are the heroes I wanted to read about. The brave and loyal soldiers, the champions of right and defenders of womanhood and of France … I have no idea where my ideas came from – the movies, perhaps? What I found as I listened to the book was that Athos was a hypocritical prig, Aramis was a hypocritical pseudo-religious, Porthos was a gluttonous gambling dandy, and D'Artagnan a cocky young jackass. They were all four drunkards, given any opportunity; they were all womanizers, cuckolding widely and wildly, dropping whatever girl they had been bedding to move on without a pause or juggling as many as possible simultaneously. And the much-vaunted all-for-one loyalty? I didn't see it. Every single one of them was as likely to throw his buddies under the 18th century equivalent of a bus as to support them, or to leave them in assorted lurches. Then get a good laugh out of it. And the interactions between these four and the man-servants they could barely afford but NEEDED made The Comedy of Errors seem like a shining illustration of workplace harmony. It was depressing.

    D'Artagnan in particular was a letdown. The whole situation of swiving the maid in the room adjacent to her mistress, and vice versa – I wanted to throttle him. A lot. For one thing – seriously? They've let prepubescent boys read this for centuries? Oh, that’s just awesome. So, buckling of swashes, romance and derring-do and so forth? The swashes were askew at best; the romance was not the way Anne Shirley defines it (nor me), the doing wasn’t so derring. I only made it through the whole thing because it was an audiobook with a good narrator, and because I gritted my teeth in determination to see it all the way through. It was a deep disappointment, and I hated it.

    My other Goodreads comment:
    “Chapter 67: Conclusion
    Oh, thank God.”

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James Cuevas 07-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Eat your Heart out Shakespeare"

    The story telling is amazing. Everything you could want in a true masterpiece. Romance, intrigue, adventure, revenge..honestly makes Romeo and Juliet seem amateurish.

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    greg siders 07-17-16
    greg siders 07-17-16
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    "Great Listen"

    This book is the one that started me out with audiobooks. What a great first time listen. Great story and the narrator is top shelf

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    Brian Hanson 07-14-16
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    "Great performance of compelling book"

    For many, the story three musketeers is limited to movies. Movies capture less than half the book and lose the wonder characters and development of the novel. Even if you think you know this book from the movies, it is worth listening to. Extremely well performed reading.

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    Walton-on-the-Naze, United Kingdom
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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    12/1/14
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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...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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