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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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    Brian 11-14-12
    Brian 11-14-12 Member Since 2015

    Engineer & Artist -- Learning to use all my senses to enrich the journey of life

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    "Long, but quite a fun listen"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Three Musketeers?

    Often the banter between the companions had me laughing out loud...even while exercising. That is fun!


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He captures multiple voices for all the main characters consistently through the story.


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    Amazon Customer Nuvali Estate, Laguna, Philippines 11-12-12
    Amazon Customer Nuvali Estate, Laguna, Philippines 11-12-12

    Been there Done that

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    "THE THREE MUSKETEERS"
    What made the experience of listening to The Three Musketeers the most enjoyable?

    I used the feature that allows me to read or listen to a book. I originally read this book a long time ago, and I had a difficult time. However, after listening to the reader with his great voice and manner, I got into the story, even when I was reading it myself. I like the feature that I can touch a word when I'm reading the eBook and I get a definition or Wikipedia listing. Sometimes I read along with the audiobook reader. I'm moving out of the country and I'm packing my "hard-copy" books as I catalog them, using "Goodreads"; so now the eBooks are the right thing for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I especially liked Aramis, because I, too was a seminarian.


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

    I especially liked the way John Lee portrayed Athos fatherly manner.


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

    This book is too long to listen to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first venture into the latest technology of syncronizing my desktop, my iPad,my iPhone with eBook and audioBook.

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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.

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    Lenny Groveland, MA, United States 11-05-12
    Lenny Groveland, MA, United States 11-05-12
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    "Splendid Narration of Classic Swashbuckling Tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read the Dumas novel more than half a century ago, and have very much enjoyed the way John Lee brought the characters back to life in this Audible version. I gave an overall rating of four stars, but this was primarily because I could not offer four and one-half, as I should have preferred.

    Lee's delivery is well-paced and clear. The flow is always suitable for the text, and changes appropriately as required. The characters indeed appear "real" as he presents them, from the noble Athos to the despicable Milady.

    My only criticism -- a mild reproach at that -- is the obvious one. Given the number of characters, the voice of a single narrative may perhaps have been somewhat overworked. For example, Lee tries to effect a somewhat gruff tone for the long-suffering Athos, but the result is that the character sounds older than the chronological age Dumas gave him. Similarly, he is not altogether convincing with the female voices.

    This minor point aside, I heartily recommend the production, which runs more than 23 hours in duration. Dumas' tale has enthralled readers for generations, and now in can captivate listeners as well!


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

    I am at a loss on this score, although I also read the same author's TWENTY YEARS AFTER, a somewhat inferior work.


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

    This was my first encounter with John Lee, and I look forward to hearing his narrations of other works!


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    V Grove City, OH, United States 11-05-12
    V Grove City, OH, United States 11-05-12
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    "Good story, amazing reader"
    What made the experience of listening to The Three Musketeers the most enjoyable?

    John Lee is one of the best audiobook readers.
    The story is very exciting. You can see how movie adaptations become so adventurous and fun to watch (even though they only borrow like two chapters worth of content from the original book) because the book feels very fast paced even though it's fairly long.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure!


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He does a great job distinguishing character voices without sounding silly or excessive. He also handles the french well and makes it easy to listen for those of us who have no inkling toward understanding it at all.


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

    The many times when a character was trying to catch up with another to prevent some unknown horrible thing -- so intense! Also, Athos' backstory.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. Brace yourself for the ending though.

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    Judy Manhattan, MT, United States 10-18-12
    Judy Manhattan, MT, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Exciting, funny, suspenseful. Excellent!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


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

    No. It is too long to listen to in one sitting.But I will listen to this book more than once!


    Any additional comments?

    It was so enjoyable that I was sad when it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie 09-10-12
    Maggie 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Better Than a Movie"

    "It was a stormy and dark night". This audio version of the book was well performed and evocative. It allowed me to visualize the scene and develop strong connections with or against the characters. I think the narrator got it just right.

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    CATHY DeWitt, MI, United States 08-11-12
    CATHY DeWitt, MI, United States 08-11-12
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    "My Favorite Book of All Time!"
    What did you love best about The Three Musketeers?

    This story has everything - great characters, intrigue, romance, and humor. It's always been a favorite of mine but John Lee's narration truly brings it to life!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Three Musketeers?

    Well the ending of course.


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

    He captures all the Musketeers perfectly but I like D'Artagnan best.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish John Lee would narrate all the books in this series. I just downloaded "Twenty Years After" so will have to adjust to the new "voice".

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    Amazon Customer South Dakota 05-25-12
    Amazon Customer South Dakota 05-25-12

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    "When Legend comes to Life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended for those that still have the ability to keep their attention span high for longer than an infomercial. Alexandre Dumas' books are well crafted and although quite similiar in many aspects still well done.

    John Lee was well chosen to deliver the French and English present. Even hearing the names seemed magical under his narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twisted paths that knit together our heroes is still a favorite story technique that I personally find fascinating.


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

    I think this is one of John Lee's top 10 and I've never heard a bad John Lee narration. Ever.


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

    Never too serious, even during the darkest hours, Dumas' use of well established characters and his predictable writing style leave a very comfortable listen as well as a good read ranging from the serious to the laughable.


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    Cesar 03-26-12
    Cesar 03-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome Story and Awesome Performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had never read or watched the original Dumas story and it was very enjoyable. I will recommend it for my children to read as soon as they are old enough. The characters were wonderfully developed and Dumas' humor was a great surprise throughout the book. On top of it all, the performance by John Lee was right-on. He brought the characters to life for me. It was a perfect book for my long, daily commute.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I loved his french accents and his use of voice to distinguish the speakers in the dialogues. His acting just brought it all to life. This type of performance highlights the value of audiobooks.


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

    The overall evil spewed by MeLady, the villainess was intriguing. In the end, Dumas does a wonderful job of explaining the reasons for her treachery. I hated and loved that character all the way through the novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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