Two decades have passed since the three musketeers triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady. Time has weakened their resolve and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings his immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is a titanic struggle with the son of Milady, who wears the face of Evil.
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I don't have time for a full review but suffice it to say that I read this book during my romantic years of young adolescence when we had no access to a television. I couldn't believe that Dumas had written such a clever an hilarious follow up to the Three Musketeers. This book is really a must listen / read to anyone who loved the original!
To those who hated the narrator, I completely disagree! His voice for D'Artagnon is a little bit of a jar at first but the insouciance in his voice and the sheer variety of all the other voices and accents sets him far apart from other narrators and completely in keeping with the self deprecating tone of the great Alexander Dumas. I give him a resounding 5.
The reader was not as expressive as one would have hoped. Overall, it was enjoyable and an interesting story. Last bed the mental images shown by the author.
It was hard to get through. The main characters sounded like idiots. Horrible storyline and voices.
Three Musketeers reunited.
I have to disagree with the majority of the reviewers. Davidson can be grating at first but I loved his narration. After an hour I really embraced it. He had me rolling in some scenes. His Grimaud was masterful. Vance in the later books bored me. Davidson's style really promotes the humor and this book has many clever scenes. I listened to his War and Peace as well and enjoyed it.
This is my favorite in the series. This and the original are master works, the series drops off substantially after this book.
I've got 2 bachelors degrees(Psychology & Media), a masters(Counseling Psychology)hope to get my PhD.I've read 1000s of books,Bible 15 times
That my eyes don't get worn out reading.
D'artagnon of course !
I had to play the book at 1.5 speed so the narrarator sounded normal instead of like Eeyore the Donkey
Get a new narrarator ! Simon Vance or Bill Homewood !
If someone told me I would become hooked on these Musketeer fellas in my sixties I would have called them crazy indeed. I hesitated buying Twenty Years After because of a negative review. However, another reviewer assured me all would be well. It was.
If you intend to listen/read this entire series I urge you to not skip Twenty Years After (or any of the books). It’s like coming into the 3rd season of Mad Men or Game of Thrones; you will wonder who everyone is and what is going on. Dumas wrote this saga in serial form. Much later it was divided into multiple books and given titles.
As of today the second book available on Audible, Twenty Years After, is narrated by Frederick Davidson. After listening to John Lee’s brilliant narration of The Three Musketeers, I admit that Davidson’s d’Artagnan was hard to accept at first. But I reminded myself that this is “20 years after.” D’Artagnan is no longer the wide-eyed innocent from Gascony. He’s a man disappointed with his lack of funds. He’s tired of waiting to receive his due from the powers that be. This is a long book – four parts, nearly 28 hours – and within the first hour I was hooked. With the 3rd book in the series, Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years After, I listened to Simon Vance. And, much as I love his narrations, I also had an adjustment period to his d’Artagnan.
I have listened to the entire series now, ending with the Man in the Iron Mask. It was a long, wonderful journey.
(One suggestion: For translated works I often download a copy (usually free for classics) on my Kindle, or I borrow a copy from my city library. I find it helpful to see foreign names and places in print. And I like to refer to a Table of Contents for the list of chapters.)
I'll grant you that Frederick Davidson is an acquired taste, but when you've gotten used to his almost 'camp' style, you'll love him. I've listened to multiple audiobooks narrated by him. He tells a great story with expression and enthusiasm. One of the best. And whoever criticised his French pronunciation should listen again. While his pronunciations isn't always perfect, it's generally pretty good. The odd misstep over 28 hours of reading surely can be forgiven. I've listened to many readers who mispronounce perfectly ordinary English words!
At first i was unsure with the reader of this installment but within 20 mints I was in the wonderful world of Alexandre Dumas. I have totally enjoyed these novels and am sad they are coming to an end.
Somewhere in the middle. Took a while to go through it. The reader wasnt always consistent in the voices, and d'artangion a hauty voice which really irritated me. The story itself was very political, not as much action as the first book. Too many characters to keep track of. Had to relisten to many parts because i missed something from zoning out.
I love dartangian's wittiness. U see it a lot in this book
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