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The Club Dumas | [Arturo Perez-Reverte]

The Club Dumas

Lucas Corso, middle-aged, tired, and cynical, is a book detective, a mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found hanged, leaving behind part of the of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. Soon the unsuspecting Corso is drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do.
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Publisher's Summary

Lucas Corso, middle-aged, tired, and cynical, is a book detective, a mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found hanged, leaving behind part of the of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment.

Soon the unsuspecting Corso is drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a cast of characters bearing a suspicious resemblance to those of Dumas' masterpiece.

©2006 Arturo Perez-Reverte; (P)2009 Phoenix

What the Critics Say

"Suspense-filled and ingenious, Perez-Reverte's latest...is also something of a primer on the rare-book business and a witty meditation on the relationship between book lovers and the texts they adore. (Publishers Weekly)
"The Club Dumas is a thinking person's thriller: in addition to a riveting plot, the book is full of intriguing details that range from the working habits of Alexandre Dumas to how one might go about forging a 17th-century text. Woven through these meditations is enough murder, sex, and the occult to keep both the hero, Lucas Corso, and the reader hopping." (Amazon.com review)

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    Jim N Chicago, IL 08-15-12
    Jim N Chicago, IL 08-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Worth the Credit"

    I rarely listen to abridged books because I loathe the very idea of slicing books up to make them shorter or more palatable. However, I was bored, I needed entertainment and I thought The Club Dumas would be just right for my mood so I downloaded this abridged audiobook version of the novel. Despite being in the mood for the book, I still might have balked at an abridged version but David Warner was the reader and that sealed the deal for me.

    Overall, I loved the book! I won't get into the plot (it can be read elsewhere) but the writing was excellent, the story compelling and the ending very satisfying. Warner's performance didn't disappoint but there were moments where I could clearly feel that something well worth reading had been deleted. Consequently, I'm docking what I think would probably have been a 5 star read one star because it was abridged. I plan to pick up the novel and read it so I can see what I missed but even based on the abridged version, I can highly recommend The Club Dumas. It's a book for book lovers.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    particular United States 10-29-13
    particular United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not the Movie"
    What would have made The Club Dumas better?

    This is rare, the book was not as good as the movie.


    What was most disappointing about Arturo Perez-Reverte’s story?

    The story's ending was disappointing


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I like the idea of a book having a duel purpose. I found the premise of a club using such elaborate measure to select members a bit far fetched.


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    Diane Burbank, WA, United States 10-12-10
    Diane Burbank, WA, United States 10-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "what a joy"

    What a great story. It was fun from the start to the end. David Warner was a great narrator. I hope he reads more books for audible.

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    Brett Beth page, TN, USA 03-11-10
    Brett Beth page, TN, USA 03-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "A great read."

    I enjoyed this book very much. This is one of those books that gets you thinking, and keeps you thinking long after you are done listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yaman New Zealand 10-20-11
    Yaman New Zealand 10-20-11 Member Since 2010

    I am Yaman, I live in New Zealand, I come from Syria. I love audiobooks, and Audible is the best source for what I love!

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    "I enjoyed the movie based on it more..."

    The Ninth Gate, starring Johnny Depp, was more enjoyable than this audiobook in my opinion.

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    P. Silva Va usa 09-29-12
    P. Silva Va usa 09-29-12 Member Since 2010

    Avid/longtime SF, Fantasy & Dr. Who explorer

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    "A must!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent treatment by the reader and oh so enjoyable to listen to. Always loved the book - much better than the movie with more levels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Club Dumas?

    I always loved the fact that there are at least 3 - 4 stories going on here.


    Have you listened to any of David Warner???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like his reading, I like his voices, I would probably choose another one of his to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The search is only the beginning...


    Any additional comments?

    If considering a suspense, mystery, fantasy, or just liked the movie "The Ninth Gate" get this. It is well worth it!

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    I read this some years ago and enjoyed it. I didn't like it as well as an audiobook this time round. The story seemed too strained and I didn't get the delight in playing with fictional characters. Could partly be the way it was abridged, partly the way it was read (ok on the whole I suppose but not inspiring and for goodness sake couldn't the narrator have got advice on how to pronounce Spanish and French names? His versions were often unrecognisable!). Or maybe my tastes have changed. I did listen to the end and it livened up my commute, but I doubt I'll listen again.

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