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)
Well read, entertaining book, but not as good as I had hoped for. The plot is quite linear and the Three Musketeers are all two-dimensional fops who instantly bow to the newcomer D'Artagnan superior intellect and swordplay. I always thought this story would be about their tutoring him to becoming their equal, Fourth Musketeer, but alas he immediately outshines them in everything! They border on idiots who have been waiting for a teenage leader.
The most interesting and clever character is 'Her Ladyship' whose scheming and political machinations, as a woman, make her especially reviled for the time. This results in her particularly unpleasant downfall. Whenever two men fell out, it inevitably led to them prancing around each other, swords drawn, until one of them manages to flesh-wound the other, then the victor hugs the defeated man and they become best friends. But if a woman crosses you... I'll let you read the book! I should not judge an old story by todays standards.
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.
"All for One"
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.
"A brilliant read."
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!
"More than the movie could hold"
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.
"MISOGYNY RUN RAMPANT"
The Three Musketeers is a character driven novel loaded with romantic heroes and evil specters. In the context of a more enlightened 21st century, The Three Musketeers is a female bashing and debasing tale of travail; i.e. a male chauvinist delusion. Women are depicted as the cause of war, heart ache, and most maladies of mankind. However, if a listener can put Alexandre Dumas’s misogyny and view of justice aside, this is a fiction writer’s tour de force and a joy to listen to when narrated by a master story-teller.
"More fun than a classic is supposed to be!"
It doesn't matter what century he hails from, Dumas writes a cracking good tale. His four musketeers are delightful, funny, and quirky. The plot bowls along and keeps you involved right up to the last minute. I think the thing that surprised me most about this book is the fact that no adaptation of it that I have seen (and I have seen many!) really stayed faithful to the plot all the way to the end. The same is true, of course, for the Count of Monte Cristo, and I am sure it is because in both cases the hero does not end up with the heroine, at least, not the one we are expecting! But Dumas has such cinematic pacing that it hardly matters! We are swept along with the heroes and love every minute. Simon Vance is the king of narrators ~ he's just a master ~ and you will love the whole experience, I promise.
"One of the most amazing stories I have read"
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.
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