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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SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
How can anyone NOT like The Three Musketeers?!? I read this when I was creeping up on adolescence, and it's as irresistible now as it was then. And though John Lee doesn't earn a four-star rating, it was wonderful to listen to. I chose him as a narrator because, even though I adore Simon Vance, the sample just told me that I'd be nodding off somewhere along the way. John Lee's performance seemed more rollicking, more exciting. And it is. He captures the personalities of each character, spot-on, and not only that: some of his vocal characterizations add to the already rich characters! What keeps him from getting a four-star rating is his oh-so annoying way of pronouncing each name with a hyper-correct and painful enunciation with extreme inflections. Plus there's a pause, as in, "said....pause...wait for it... D'ArtagNAN." It was jarring. And as it's a quite lengthy novel, it became skin-crawling as well. I don't regret choosing his version over Vance's, though, simply because his pacing, his sense of drama, and of humor, are flawless and engaging. Just be warned. You might want to consider what will be tolerable to you over an extended listening time.
Other than that, don't deny yourself this listening pleasure. Alexandre Dumas was brilliant with action, brilliant with humor, and light spirits. And his dialogue flows as naturally as anything ever written. I will be listening to the sequels. I wonder how Vance will do with their narration? I'm delighted to find out...!
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.
If I had to choose, I would say it was Milady de Winter, her intelligence and cunning bested everyone in the end.
I have not, but I plan to in the near future
The moment D'Artangnan had found Madame Bonacieux only to lose her so tragically.
I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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.
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.
Mother of 2 teens, alternate between reading for educational enrichment and pure pleasure. Like to run, bike, hike, and dance.
when they all meet and find out that they all had a run in with Dartainel sp.
yes because it was a 'classic' but i didn't enjoy it.
Great story with many interesting characters and twists.
Nothing I have read to date.
I loved this book.
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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!
Yes, because it was so well read and the story is a classic.
It was always hard to take a break from listening to the story.
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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
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I would not cut any character
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
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.
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.
Very engaging but I'm not sure anything is 24 hours in one sitting engaging....lol.
I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!
rowdy gentlemen boys
The 4 Musketeers were very loyal to each other and they wore such elaborate clothes (tights and lace) while carrying and welding super sharp lethal swords. I am so glad I listened to the book, it was so entertaining!
John Lee "ROCKS" when it comes to reading stories!
When Milady was beheaded and the Musketeers grieved in their own personal ways.
Milady was bewitching.
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