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Twenty Years After Audiobook

Twenty Years After

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Originally published in 1845 as a sequel to The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After is a supreme creation of suspense and heroic adventure.

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.

(P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Leni Ramberg Los Angeles, Ca, United States 04-16-14
    Leni Ramberg Los Angeles, Ca, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Dull Title - Adventurous Series!"

    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.)

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    the black rabbit 03-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Classic Story - Rubbish Reader"

    Dumas has been one of my favourite writers since I was a child, the storyline of the four friends and the loyalty and love that they show each has always left me wistful that the reality of the life seldom follows the pattern set forth within these pages. The story has been around long enough that it would be presumptive to offer any critiques.
    The reader however I shall freely bash...
    In the beginning there was language and God looked down and he saw it was good...
    but then this guy came along and completely murdered and slaughtered it therefore God smote him with a hemeroid... but the guy kept speaking and they recorded said guy reading this book...and as said guy read he committed what should be considered a war crime for the sheer and wanton massacre of the French language. The attempt at the seperation of the voices by the change in cadence and pitch is a complete and utter failure as well as inconsistent between the characters, many times within the same dialog, so that you end up confused and annoyed. Porthos sounds like D'artagnan in one sentence and on the subsequent page D'artagnan sounds like Athos with a stick up his bum. The recording company should demand their money back and then follow it up with a Nuremberg trial.

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    E. L. Stephan 02-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story - Horrible Narration"

    This is probably one of the worst narrated books I have heard. Sad to say, but save your money or credit for a different version. The voices are horrible and completely distracting.

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    Anthony Bastiaansen 02-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, unsure about he narrator."

    Great story! It is perhaps better than the 3 musketeers. Initially the narrator's voice and choice of character accents and speaking mannerisms were extremely annoying and unnatural. I'm not yet sure whether it was I that became accustomed to the narrator or that he became more relaxed, but after a few hours of perseverance, the reading became quite enthralling. It was fairly easy to distinguish most of the main characters from their distinctive voices. I almost stopped listening to it after the first few hours do to the coupling of the narrator's voce and Dumas' typical long winded descriptions of irrelevant characters and events. I glad that I didn't abandon this audio book!

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    smedway 02-18-17
    smedway 02-18-17

    Sharon

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    "Narrator is hard to listen to."

    Play a sample of this before you get it. I personally find the narrator very hard to listen to. I'm constantly rewinding the story because I tune out this man's voice automatically. I wish there was another version because I just cannot listen to this reader.

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    Schoolzout 01-01-17
    Schoolzout 01-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story"

    This is the third book by Dumas that I have listened to. I was not disappointed by it. Dumas' characters are well developed, the story lines are rich and listening to the story can be more delightful than watching a movie. If you are looking for historical drama, intrigue with bold and daring conflict, this book has it all.

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    Brooklynown Brooklyn 12-01-16
    Brooklynown Brooklyn 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not as good as the first one"

    The characters are so changed in this continuation and so cynical that I didn't like them as much as before. Plus the theme of royalty didn't resonate with me, but I'll keep in going with the rest of the series.

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    Ashton 07-01-16
    Ashton 07-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "bad narrator"

    this was a great story almost as good as the first but the narrator did a horrible job in the way he read characters voices

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    B. Setliff 05-30-16
    B. Setliff 05-30-16

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    "Terrible narrator, great book"

    I extremely disliked this man's voice, his inflections, and his character's voices. His voices were not consistent and i occasionally had to rewind an entire chapter just to comprehend fully the author's intentions.

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    seafan 02-28-16
    seafan 02-28-16

    Addicted to life.

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    "AMAZING story, DON"T give up due to narration"
    Would you listen to Twenty Years After again? Why?

    Yes, yes! Dumas (and his team) is my favorite author. His talent for story twists, characterization, humor, banter, historical fiction, and plot pacing are extraordinary. I have read this book twice in my youth, and this is my first audio experience with it. To me, Twenty Years After has more character development as our four friends experience new and deeper confrontations amongst themselves - opposing each other, brotherly love, frustration, betrayal, and divergent paths, and a new addition to our foursome. To me, this book actually has more humor than the first - just a bit more thought driven style of humor embedded in the dialogue and syntax of its delivery (akin to the Bob Newhart deadpan style humor). I prefer that style because when the "joke" reveals itself, it becomes a memorable experience, and I find myself exploding in laughter much to the amusement of people around me. I can only point to my headset and mouth the words, "This is awesome!" in my defense to their confused looks. This book needs to be made into a movie, but without diverging from the book - I want to produce and direct it to maintain its purity! LOL. Oh, my friend, please read or listen to this book. If you enjoy swashbuckling period stories, this is a must experience!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Usually I favor the relationship of d'Artagnan and Athos as my favorite "character" but this story had so much development for Porthos, that he won my affections. I also enjoyed the development of the lackeys, and their stronger roles in this story. But, Porthos! Omigosh, Porthos rocked!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Well, the narration was a bit overdone. d'Artagnan sounded constipated with a stuffed head cold the entire time. The narrator made him sound the oldest of the Musketeers, which continued to mess up my mental images I conjured while listening. I would like a "do-over" for this audio translation. Aramis, well, he sounded like a cartoonish Italian-mafia-Captain Hook decrepit. I usually love Aramis, but the narrator's voice and line delivery for Aramis really interfered with Aramis' role as a Musketeer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh, gosh yes! But there is no way because of its length....which I am not complaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get another audio version of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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