The Club Dumas

Narrated by: David Warner
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Needs to be fixed.

Although a great book, well written, exciting, and superbly narrated the download itself is the problem. The book jumped around and some parts repeated multiple times. it added confusion to the listener and was quite annoying. Please fix or refund.

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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.

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Out-of-Order!!

The audio is assembled Out-of-Order but the story is good and it is performed brilliantly. Very disappointing.

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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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My Blasphemous Review

I say blasphemous because I'm about to utter words that will offend every self-respecting reader: The move was better. How many people do you think would have read "To Kill a Mockingbird" if not for the movie? The same here. I worked backward from the movie and Polanski did this book a favor by dropping most of it's rambling on the cutting room floor making it into a screenplay. He managed to extract just the key worthwhile elements and weave them into a concise story that is mesmerizing to the viewer. This book rambles as if the published said "here's the number of pages you need to fill regardless of whether there's enough story to cover them". Excellent narration--still 4 our of 5, but w/o the narrator a solid 3 for being the scrapbook source material of a good movie.

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Jumps around in story sequence

Just read the book unless you want to spend 6 hours irritated about the production. Narrator is fantastic though.

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Skipped and mixed parts

The story and performance are wonderful. However, in the recording there are skipped parts that jump forward and back.

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odd error at very end of audio book

Any additional comments?

The audiobook failed to complete one sentence at the very end of the book: "I know now..."
It was supposed to finish the sentence like in printed book. I won't spoil book here.

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good book

I really liked this book, the narrator was great, i think in this case though, I actually prefer the movie adaptation, especially in the ending of the ninth gate. I did really enjoy the club dumas though, definitely a good read!

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Great horror novel

This was the book the ninth gate movie was based on. Much better than the movie.

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  • 06-24-11

Mixed feelings

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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  • Affray
  • 12-16-17

Jumps.....

Really need to fix this audio book, tried but can't follow it cause it jumps, sad really as I look forward to hearing it.
Would review again if fixed.

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  • relaxing and quirky
  • 03-08-20

Nostalgic thriller with class

Be careful what you desire and want The devil is in us all Lots of fun More so if you have read many of the title mentioned and if you love to go on a hunt

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  • Helen
  • 11-18-19

I’d come through the Ninth Gate, and delighted at The Club Dumas

Having enjoyed Johnnie Depp’s portrayal, when I found that the movie was based on this book I was eager to consume it.
The Club Dumas has not disappointed me. Rather, it has opened a door to other books to find. And so I become as lost in a chase as this tale encourages.
I immediately consumed this title again to savour the sweetness of its subtle plot and the mysterious world it constructed. The stories entwined basement upon great works teases a confidence that doesn’t deconstruct.
The portrayal in audio is a true delight. The passions and spite captured in the voice of the reader rewards the listener and transposes him into the world of The Club Dumas.

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  • wincenworks
  • 12-09-15

Great story, but will remind you so constantly

(Disclaimer: I found this book via The Ninth Gate movie, so went into it moderately spoiled)

The story is for the most part very good but suffers at moments when the author feels the need to try to pretend it's not a novel by having the characters talk about it as a novel, thus reminding you it is a novel.

Still well worth the time to enjoy.

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