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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
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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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    Brandon MINERAL, VIRGINIA, United States 01-31-14
    Brandon MINERAL, VIRGINIA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dumas loves to keep characters in the greyscale."

    I love Dumas, because in his stories, almost all of his characters, even "the good guys", are generally not very nice people. They all tread in that grey area between good and evil.

    The the main protagonist d'Artangnan. You instantly fall in love with him when you witness his first encounter with the musketeers in which he shows true bravery, willing to risk his life against three opponents, each of which he knew could dispatch him individually. But it doesn't take long to realize that he is not truly a hero, but holds many qualities that could almost be considered villainous. In fact he is a liar, a classist, sexist, murdering, thieving, adulterer. Needless to say he is a deep and complicated character, and is the entire story which is a much read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    V. Vela California USA 09-05-13
    V. Vela California USA 09-05-13
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    "A Classic in every way"
    What made the experience of listening to The Three Musketeers the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator! he brought each and every character to life, especially the women, half the time I would forget it was a man reading a female character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    If I had to choose, I would say it was Milady de Winter, her intelligence and cunning bested everyone in the end.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I plan to in the near future


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment D'Artangnan had found Madame Bonacieux only to lose her so tragically.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 07-12-13
    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2009

    Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.

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    "Oh My God, What a Book"

    I Can't believe I've went 48 years and haven't read this book.
    There were parts in this book that I wanted to skip because the story had me so mad. Am so glad I didn't.
    From the start it grabbed me and would not turn loose. I usually listen riding to work and when I cut grass, I even cut my neighbors yard so I could get another 2 hours of book time. I would give 2 credits for just another 2 hours.
    Wow just Wow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Grass Lake, MI, United States 06-05-13
    Cynthia Grass Lake, MI, United States 06-05-13

    Mother of 2 teens, alternate between reading for educational enrichment and pure pleasure. Like to run, bike, hike, and dance.

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    "Long"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    no


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    anticlimactic


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when they all meet and find out that they all had a run in with Dartainel sp.


    Was The Three Musketeers worth the listening time?

    yes because it was a 'classic' but i didn't enjoy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Naples, FL, United States 04-24-13
    Bob Naples, FL, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, great performance"
    What did you love best about The Three Musketeers?

    Great story with many interesting characters and twists.


    What other book might you compare The Three Musketeers to and why?

    Nothing I have read to date.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Athos


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Newark, NJ, United States 03-21-13
    Amazon Customer Newark, NJ, United States 03-21-13

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    "My favorite one !"

    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!

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    Ms Dee MO, United States 03-16-13
    Ms Dee MO, United States 03-16-13
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    "Loved this!"
    Would you listen to The Three Musketeers again? Why?

    Yes, because it was so well read and the story is a classic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was always hard to take a break from listening to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Malikah Bellamy Super Sleuth Portland, Maine United States 03-10-13
    Malikah Bellamy Super Sleuth Portland, Maine United States 03-10-13

    I <3 Mysteries & Thrillers Not Horror or Gore I like stories that can keep you guessing and sometimes cheering on the Genius of a Killers Mind What keeps me interested is the Role of the Person trying to track down and solve these Murderous Minds and their multi-laird personas Then and put an end to the Killers murderous plan eventually ....

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    "A classic gone wrong"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am not sure who would enjoy it more. I do know if you have insomnia this is a book for you.. it that would cure that issue you would fall a sleep with in 10 min of the book reading


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    I do not think so


    What character would you cut from The Three Musketeers?

    I would not cut any character


    Any additional comments?

    The Narrator speaks like he has rocks in his mouth he also mumbles in a drone tone. Which is very annoying the voice drone put me to sleep. I tried several times to listen to the book I could not do it

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    John-David Dallas, TX, United States 03-04-13
    John-David Dallas, TX, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Stunningly Captivating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely...not that there weren't any slow spots, but I could've never imagined being that engages to an audio book 24 hours long from beginning to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was itself just such a great tale of conquest and chivalry. It was so fascinating to hate the villains and love the heroes like this book compels you to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Very engaging but I'm not sure anything is 24 hours in one sitting engaging....lol.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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