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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Eventhough this book is read in English, the listener needs to know a little French to understand the mean of some of the phrases being read. I love the story, but after 3 chapters, I got tired of try to understand the French phases and started listening to another book.
I had forgotten what a good story this tale was. John Lee's reading is phenomenal. Who knew so many accents were in one person? And now I finally know how to pronounce some of those French terms!
Terry Pratchett Fan
The book was good. I hadn't realized that the book was mainly about d'Artagnan and seen mostly through his eyes.
Dumas created a charming universe where high ideals are easy to follow and common courtesy iz the triviality of the commoner. The narrator does a decent job of givng each charater a distinct voicebut I would sometimes say things differently than he did
Of the many dozens of audiobooks which I've enjoyed, this is the book I recommend first of all.
D'Artangnon is my favorite character. I love his bold, clever nature.
I listen to audiobooks at 2x or 3x speed. I find my mind wanders when I listen slower. John's speech was clear and did not distort at higher speeds.
Alexandre Dumas masterfully wove his story through hope and despair, love and loss. I enjoyed the full spectrum of emotion in his story.
I've listened to it through twice now. I can't wait to experience the remaining books in this series.
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.
Narration is fine, comparable to the other immersion reading text, it is the story which I take issue with. And all the films and shows that take their characters from Dumas' book, the musketeers are virtuous, honorable, and though amorous it is not without faithfulness. However Alexander Dumas' actual characters Dartanian Athos, Porthos and Arimis are not the paragons of honor and a virtue which the films portray. Aside from that the book is at times quite slow and tedious.
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
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...
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