When the dashing young D'Artagnon arrives in Paris from Gascony, he becomes embroiled in three duels with the Three Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. But when he proves himself by fighting not against, but with, the Three Musketeers, they form a quick and lasting friendship. The daring escapades of the four pit them against a master of intrigue, Cardinal Richelieu, and the quintessential wicked woman, Lady de Winter.
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"His plots are...rich in characters and adventures." (Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences)
A rip-roaring adventure, filled with intrigue and humor, and read with style by Simon Vance. This is one of my favorite audiobooks.
A wonderful book that combines comedy and adventure to illuminate a slice of 17th century France. The breakfast in the "bastion" scene was pure comic genius. I was literally laughing out loud.
If you are a fan of Dumas (I am) this classic novel and the narration of the audiobook will leave nothing to be desired: great characters fully realized, an exciting storyline and a real education on 18th century France.
This is one of my all-time favorite classics. Dumas has a real gift for portraying fallible human nature with humor and insight. The narrator does a great job capturing the characters- d'Artangnan's exuberance, Porthos' thick bluster, Athos' nobility.
Dumas, the grandson of French nobility and son of one of Napolean's generals, has captured 17th-Century French sensibilities and the intrigues of court, courting, and swashbucklery.
The narrative is witty and smart. I blame Disney, et al, for the cheapening of this wonderful, classic work of fiction. I've probably read this book five times and listened to it once, and no doubt will again.
Two thumbs up- way up!
Simon Vance reads this book beautifully, he brings Dumas's work to life in a why that allows the listener to travel back in time. Although my first encounter of this tale, although abrevated was on screen with the likes of Oliver Platt, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Chris O'donnell and Tim Curry, there is nothing that can compare with the shear volume of story that is contained in this book. The ending was not what I would have asked for but it is as it should be. Dumas is an author who has endured for centuries and is worth reading or in this case listening to. Also I highly recommend Simon Vance as a narrator, he had done a lot of book in a variety of genres.
Brilliant Story - brilliant narrator! One of Audible's masterpieces - highly recommend. Never a dull moment.
This is a long book, but the adventures of the Musketeers was fantastic. Alexander Dumas was a great writer as the books reads like a play. Lots of dialogue and character interaction. The narrator was excellent, more British then French, but he made the characters come alive. It you like Charles Dickens as I do then you will certainly like this book
This was my first venture into Dumas. It was far from my first listening to Simon Vance's narration. I liked the old-fashioned feel of the story, and the narration was good. If I didn't appreciate that it's such a classic work, I might have given it three stars instead of four. To me it had a campy Jules-Verne type feel.
Light, fast and funny.
Actually, I think I liked the author himself the most. He portrayed human nature succinctly without making the book a lecture in psychology. His depiction of three moderately young soldiers, full of life and themselves, welcoming young d'Artangnan's keener edge and yet great naiivety, was woven with a low-level plot but genuine hijinx that you can easily imagine. No fan fare, typical male bonding, and a laugh a minute.
He has a great French accent and wonderful timing. His portrayal of the characters was well interpreted, I think.
I had the Disney version of the movie in my head from the start and kept waiting for the book's plot to resemble that of the movie. I was disappointed in that regard, and yet relieved to find the book's plot was something that could truly have been a part of history.
A most excellent book about d’Artagnan’s adventures with Athos, Porthos and Aramis, foiling Cardinal Richlieu’s plan to embarrass the Queen of France and the Duke of Buckingham due to his wounded ego. Milady de Winter is a consummate villainess – she must be a sociopath. I also read a children’s version to the kids to great success (even wrote my own kiddie cliff notes) and we are going to celebrate by eating a period French meal and watch the movie. Fabulous read that I would re-read again and again! I am on to the other d’Artagnan romances now!
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