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The Three Musketeers Audiobook

The Three Musketeers [Audiobook]

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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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    JP M Marissa, IL, United States 03-16-15
    JP M Marissa, IL, United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Another exceptional performance by John Lee!"

    The book was good. I hadn't realized that the book was mainly about d'Artagnan and seen mostly through his eyes.

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    Benjamin Malec 03-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "a great romantic tale of military life and friends"

    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

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    Mark 03-09-15
    Mark 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of the many dozens of audiobooks which I've enjoyed, this is the book I recommend first of all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    D'Artangnon is my favorite character. I love his bold, clever nature.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    Alexandre Dumas masterfully wove his story through hope and despair, love and loss. I enjoyed the full spectrum of emotion in his story.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to it through twice now. I can't wait to experience the remaining books in this series.

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    johndmontgomery 03-08-15
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    "Three musketeers"


    The book is so good , I do not understand why any one including myself would set thru any of the movies.

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    MARY F. 02-26-15
    MARY F. 02-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "well read and great classical story"

    so enjoyed listening to this book as read by a wonderful narrator
    highly recommend this to those of all ages who enjoy good adventure

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    Sondra D. Boyd 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic"

    I'm so glad I finally listened to this classic. Exciting and evocative drama with plenty of thrills along the way.

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    TDH 02-07-15
    TDH 02-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed"

    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.

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    John C. Curtis Spring Lake Heights, NJ 01-23-15
    John C. Curtis Spring Lake Heights, NJ 01-23-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent!"

    This is a captivating rendition, well paced and clearly delivered. Definitely a best-in-class performance. I highly recommend this.

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    Jerrilynn 10-19-14
    Jerrilynn 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredibibly Entertaining"
    If you could sum up The Three Musketeers in three words, what would they be?

    The original BFFs


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

    D'Artagnan is heartbroken when his lady love dies. The Musketeers, D'Artagnan, and the Count D'Winter go after the murderer of D'Artagnan's mistress. At that point Athos reveals the Countess D'Winter as his wife. D'Artagnan had already known, but the other Musketeers did not.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Persistence. A book of this length, despite how busy it is can be a bit daunting when you work for a living. By listening while driving my long daily commutes I managed to listen in 2 days. It was wonderful.


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

    Many moments in this book made me chuckle. A few moments made me groan in sympathy or exasperation. I can't say it exactly moved me the way one classically think of being moved. This book is not really meant to draw out an emotional outpouring.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed the movies but have never taken time to read this book, I highly recommend this experience. The listen is every bit a good.... better than the movies. You see it all, because some of course you've seen before. The rest is easy to imagine, Dumas is an artist that way.

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    Jolene Darnold 10-14-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Narrator, Great book"
    What did you love best about The Three Musketeers?

    The friendship for the main character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Duke.


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

    This was my first but I really enjoyed the performance.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    1/31/14
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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
  • Miss
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
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    "Unlikable characters"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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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