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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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    V Grove City, OH, United States 11-05-12
    V Grove City, OH, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Manhattan, MT, United States 10-18-12
    Judy Manhattan, MT, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2012
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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 HERMOSA BEACH, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Maggie HERMOSA BEACH, CA, United States 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer South Dakota 05-25-12
    Amazon Customer South Dakota 05-25-12 Member Since 2011

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cesar Oxnard, CA, United States 03-26-12
    Cesar Oxnard, CA, United States 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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    Angela South Weber, UT, United States 02-24-12
    Angela South Weber, UT, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Superb!"

    What a fun swashbuckling adventure interpreted by the very talented John Lee! So far, Mr Lee has not disappointed me with any of his performances and this is no exception. I had never had a chance to read "The Three Musketeers" and this was a fantastic way to discover this wonderful classic. I was surprised at how dark the story was, considering the movie interpretations we are familiar with. Superb story interpreted very well by Mr. Lee!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 12-26-11
    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2010

    Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.

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    "One For All"
    Where does The Three Musketeers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the top five audiobooks that I have read.


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

    It is hard to compare this book others as it is such a source of inspiration for other stories. It is in the vein of great adventures like treasure Island and The Princess Bride.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Excellent pronounciation of words in a genuine French accent.


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

    The action sequences are quite great. Much better than any on screen adaptation I ahve seen.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are like me you are looking at this book after having seen movie adaptations. Prepare to realize just how great D'artangan truly is!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Sautee Nacoochee, GA, United States 12-11-11
    Barbara Sautee Nacoochee, GA, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed this narrator, translation"
    Any additional comments?

    Audible offers several versions of The Three Musketeers. I'm now in the middle of part three of the one narrated by John Lee, which somehow did not appear on the list I got by search for Dumas under authors. I recommend the John Lee version highly, though I haven't listened to the others. Don't know if the translation is the same for all the narrators, but I was happy to find that the version I downloaded to my Kindle is the same as the one narrated by Mr. Lee. Listen to samples before you choose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Dublin, OH, United States 08-07-09
    Bruce Dublin, OH, United States 08-07-09
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    "less than captivating"

    This read tended to the slow side. It ended too precipitously. It is not nearly as captivating as "The Count of Monte Christo". The narrative centered too much on the demonic antagonist rather than on the honorable protagonists. Nonetheless, it is still a worthwhile listen.

    The author's account of the historical characters of the times is fascinating. One of my next listens will be a historical review of French politics of the early 1800's.

    The use of the English language in the 1800's is wonderful. I wish we still talked as they did.

    Mr. Lee is, as always, a superlative narrator.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Walton-on-the-Naze, United Kingdom
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    "Great Romp"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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