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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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.
Enjoyable, romp through 17th Century France, and briefly, England, with colorful heroes and really vile villains, both male and female.
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.
Totally immersive, stunningly precise and beautiful translation, riveting from beginning to end. John Lee deserves the hall of fame for his delivery.
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