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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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.
This is a captivating rendition, well paced and clearly delivered. Definitely a best-in-class performance. I highly recommend this.
The original BFFs
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.
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.
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.
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.
The friendship for the main character.
This was my first but I really enjoyed the performance.
I love Dumas, because in his stories, almost all of his characters, even "the good guys", are generally not very nice people. They all tread in that grey area between good and evil.
The the main protagonist d'Artangnan. You instantly fall in love with him when you witness his first encounter with the musketeers in which he shows true bravery, willing to risk his life against three opponents, each of which he knew could dispatch him individually. But it doesn't take long to realize that he is not truly a hero, but holds many qualities that could almost be considered villainous. In fact he is a liar, a classist, sexist, murdering, thieving, adulterer. Needless to say he is a deep and complicated character, and is the entire story which is a much read.
The Narrator! he brought each and every character to life, especially the women, half the time I would forget it was a man reading a female character.
If I had to choose, I would say it was Milady de Winter, her intelligence and cunning bested everyone in the end.
I have not, but I plan to in the near future
The moment D'Artangnan had found Madame Bonacieux only to lose her so tragically.
I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.
I Can't believe I've went 48 years and haven't read this book.
There were parts in this book that I wanted to skip because the story had me so mad. Am so glad I didn't.
From the start it grabbed me and would not turn loose. I usually listen riding to work and when I cut grass, I even cut my neighbors yard so I could get another 2 hours of book time. I would give 2 credits for just another 2 hours.
Wow just Wow.
Mother of 2 teens, alternate between reading for educational enrichment and pure pleasure. Like to run, bike, hike, and dance.
when they all meet and find out that they all had a run in with Dartainel sp.
yes because it was a 'classic' but i didn't enjoy it.
Great story with many interesting characters and twists.
Nothing I have read to date.
I loved this book.
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