D'Artagnan, meanwhile, is perplexed by a mysterious stranger, and soon he learns that his old comrades already have great projects in hand. Athos seeks the restoration of Charles II, while Aramis, with Porthos in tow, has a secret plan involving a masked prisoner and the fortification of the island of Belle-Ile.
D'Artagnan finds a thread leading him to the French court, the banks of the Tyne, the beaches of Holland, and the dunes of Brittany.
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"Alternately melodramatic, sentimental, humorous, wordly, and almost always absorbing." (Irish Times)
"I would sit down with The Vicomte de Bragelonne for a long, silent, solitary, lamplit evening by the fire." (Robert Louis Stevenson)
After reading The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, I could completely understand why everyone I know loves the work of Alexandre Dumas. I thought that this book might be greatly inferior to Dumas's better-known work, but this guy can't seem to write a terrible story.
Humor, action, memorable characters - the more Dumas I read, the more of it I want to read. These books have really aged well, and I see their fingerprints everywhere I look in fantasy and sci-fi.
I wish I'd known this is kind of The Three Musketeers Part 3 before I went and spoiled bits of Twenty Years Later, which came in between the two books. I thought this was a standalone like The Count of Monte Cristo, but I was incorrect. I could have gotten that tidbit of information from Wikipedia, and I'll soon fill that gap in the narrative, but it is unfortunate that this wasn't described as a sequel in the write-up here on Audible.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story...that is to say the part which I listened to. The description of this book leads one to believe that it's the entire novel. However, it was broken into two parts and the second part "Louise de la Valliere" is not yet available on Audible. I am rather annoyed because I have no idea now when I'll be able to see how the story ended. If you like to hear a complete story like me, ensure that the second half is available before downloading this book. That being said, if the second half is as good as the first then I would definitely recommend this.
I look forward to the continuation of this story, which is so necessary to the full appreciation of The Man in the Iron Mask. The style of this work far surpasses that of Twenty Years After and closely approaches that of The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. All I ask of Audible is the addition of the second part of this work and the additional of any other work of Dumas that becomes available -- the two remaining parts of Queen Margot, for instance.
I wish I had discovered these novels earlier in life. The characters lend lessons to even modern life. The plots twist, surprise and rend the heart.
I enjoyed the episodes with Charles II, but after that, the plot seems to drag a little bit. The "ending" makes it clear that this is not really the end of book but rather is just a division until the next book. I enjoyed the reader, and he does a nice job with the voices.
I love a good book...
Well, the story continues with the Vicomte. I enjoy the intrigue and detail to French and English history. I appreciate Simon Vance's ability to make the story come alive. I am looking forward to the last two books in the series.
The way Alexandre Dumas wove characters in this series together.
D'Artagnan is always my favorite character. He's a bit impulsive.
When D'Artagnan & Raoul (The Vicomt) fought together against the uprising.
I wanted to read the four Dumas novels in sequence. I naturally thought 10 years after was the second in the series. It was the third.
Next year I would listen again to all the Stories
he makes you feel as if you are there listening to the characters.
I downloaded this because I LOVED The Three Musketeers and was anxious for another fun "classic" read, but I just couldn't get through this one! It moved too slowly with too many sub-stories and details to keep my interest. Once I got into the Musketeers I couldn't stop listening, but this one felt like homework to listen to. The narrator was nice, though I prefer John Lee's D'Artagnan. I'm throwing in the towel and moving on to something more interesting.
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