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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

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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  • Nadia
  • Didcot, United Kingdom
  • 24-06-11

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Jim N
  • 15-08-12

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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  • James Morehouse
  • 23-10-17

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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  • K. Grow
  • 12-10-10

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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  • Jay
  • 24-04-18

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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  • Adam K
  • 16-10-18

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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  • Gerardo Z.
  • 20-09-18

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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  • Irving Lopez
  • 29-08-18

phenomenal read

loved the narrator and the story. I've watched The Ninth Gate, and it was fun to compare notes between the two versions.

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  • CTG
  • 07-08-18

The Ninth Gate and then some...

Most readers of The Club Dumas are probably coming from the film The Ninth Gate. Where the film focuses narrowly on the story of The Nine Doors to the Kingdom of Shadows, the novel tells a much larger story involving a recently-discovered original fragment of The Three Musketeers, a manuscript whose pursuit is drenched in mystery, action and maybe even a little bloodshed. I highly recommend this one, and it's reader, veteran actor David Warner, gives a wonderful performance. You'll listen to this one again and again.

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  • IdWell
  • 30-04-18

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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  • Paul
  • 15-04-18

So much potential. So disappointing.

The author is able to build such a wonderful and engrossing story in the first 2/3 of the book. However, the last portion is an unbelievable let down. The movie based off of The Club Dumas, while not perfect, is significantly more satisfying.