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Swashbuckling classic adventure, with an updated twist placing Milady in the role of narrator. 

Young D'Artagnan arrives in Paris to join the King's elite guards but almost immediately finds he is duelling with some of the very men he has come to swear allegiance to - Porthos, Athos and Aramis, inseparable friends: the Three Musketeers. 

Soon part of their close band, D'Artagnan's loyalty to his new allies puts him in the deadly path of Cardinal Richlieu's machinations. And when the young hero falls in love with the beautiful but inaccessible Constance, he finds himself in a world of murder, conspiracy and lies, with only the Musketeers to depend on.

Featuring: Ian Abeysekera, David Ahmad, Rachel Atkins, Catherine Bailey, Ed Barry, Timothy Bentinck, Nicholas Boulton, Eliza Butterworth, Gunnar Cauthery, Stephen Critchlow, Adetomiwa Edun, William Ellis, Betsabeh Emran, Tony Gardner, Matt Gavan, Akin Gazi, Pete Gold, Colm Gormley, Chris Grahamson, Edward Harrison, David Holt, Will Howard, Frances Jeater, James MacCallum, Joel MacCormack, Roger May, Richard Morse, Harry Myers, Daniel Naddafy, James Parkes, Richard Reed, John Scougall, Lizzie Stables, Dan Starkey, Mark Straker, Timothy Watson, Ben Whitehead, Sarah Whitehouse and Hemi Yeroham.

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Sex, Sex and more Sex.

Every now and again I insist on getting a "classic" story to listen to in the car with my 12 & 14 year old boys, so it's not all teen angst. I vaguely remembered The Three Musketeers being swashbuckling fun with some romance so bought this without really thinking about it. Oh My Word ...

It starts with My Lady D'Winter naked in bed discussing how much she'd like more sex and basically carries on from there. Pretty much every character gets it off at some point, with sound effects. Don't get me wrong, it's very nicely done (kissy noises rather than porn, although there is some moaning) with lots of witty historical banter ("Madame you appear to be naked ...") but they are still DOING IT or talking about DOING IT. This is horribly embarrassing if you are 14, in the car with your mum, on the way to school (argh! noo! not again!!!) but hilarious if you are Mum.

Add to that the scream effects of torture, a naked woman choking to death on a horse and various gurgling deaths of people with swords / daggers through various bits, and I would definitely but this down as a 12 plus rating (possibly a 15 if you are sensitive). The hilarious banter, cracking story line and crystal clear sound effects saved me luckily, and they are keen to find out what happened. I don't think we'll keep it though. More research needed next time!!

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Fantastic dramatisation of this classic...

What a superb dramatisation of Alexandre Dumas' classic.
A great story retold beautifully, with some fantastic acting alongside perfectly placed sound effects and music to really do justice to such a wonderful tale.
On this occasion, the story is retold by Milady de Winter, providing a novel twist to the tale.
I've really enjoyed Audible's dramatisations, and The Three Musketeers is truly an exceptional addition to the collection.

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Delightfully silly -- just like the original

This dramatization of The Three Musketeers splendidly captures the childish exuberance of the original story -- everything about it is silly, but it's silly in an engaging and clever way. The script and acting do full justice to the pompous, bellicose lack of believability of the original musketeers. All the hammy smuttiness of the book is there, as prominent as a cardinal's staff (oo, err...)

What's missing, perhaps, is the political intensity of the book -- it seems to be have been lost in the general swashbuckling and carousing.

It's great fun, so long as you don't take any part of it seriously in any way. The music and sound effects are well done and appropriate.

I don't know if this is a general change for Audible, but this production seems to be delivered in a higher bitrate than usual, and with some sense of stereo. Let's hope it's the start of a trend -- too many Audible presentations have been spoiled by poor fidelity audio delivery.

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Fantastic

Exciting, engaging, amazing. What more can you say about this fantastic historical tale. Literally the cowboys of yester yesteryear (that's not a typo 😎).

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Excellent dramatization

I was completely taken aback by the excellent quality of the Audible dramatization of this classic. It's one of the very best I have listened to. The different narrators, the background sounds all combine to provide an amazing listening experience that brings this classic book to life in an amazing way.
Highly recommended.

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Brilliant

Just the story and performance you want from Audible. I enjoyed every minute, a classic tale brilliantly crafted into an audio play with excellent performances from the cast.

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Carry on Musketeering

The Muskehounds wouldn't be up to such schneegans!

Not what I expected in places; whilst I haven't read the original I thought I got the general gist from all the adaptations and thought this would be a more straightforward adventure novel with some light humour but was closer to a Carry On caper, was tempted to use 'Confessions of a Musketeer' as the headline but didn't think many folk would get that reference :-p

It is mentioned in other reviews its interesting to tell the story from Milady de Winter point of view but feels shoehorned in as your still mostly hearing the story in a more traditional format from various individuals (mostly D'Artagnan) making the sporadic narration of Milady de Winter a bit misplaced and ultimately wasted/pointless. If it was all from that POV and really leaned into this to paint the Musketeers in a poorer light (even though they don't exactly come across that well anyway) and as the villians then that would be great and unique, watching Cobra Kai shows how well that can work :). Instead this part makes it sound like a cautionary tale of a woman scorned.

As such these 2 parts makes the tone somewhat uneven, as I said it could be the same for the original novel but for me this audible has the slapstick nature alongside some tragic in a way to make it jarring, and comical in an unintended way.

The acting was all fine, always hard listening to action & romance being acted out with the former sounding cheesy and the latter cringe at best.

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Great fun well acted and exciting

really enjoyed this, a classic retold with excellent imagery and sound, very convincing characters. I would highly recommend this audio book

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More of the same please Audible!!!

A thoroughly enjoyable listen from start to finish. Great acting, music and sound effects. The narration helped steer the story along on a steady course all the way through. Above all else though, the beautifully written language and story formed by Dumas shines throughout. There are some real nuggets of writing in this jewel of a story, faithfully brought to life by this wonderful production. Top marks all round.

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loved it

Loved it. There is great dept to all of the characters especially to D'Artagnan. His gobshite attitude and bumpling attempts to meet and become one of the Musketeers is particularly memorable. There aren't enough hours in the day to fit in the duels he's challenged to.

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I shall go to war for you. I shall set England against France. I'll stir up Hugenots I shall set the British navy sailing. I'll see canons blazing. Why? Politics? No, because every inch of France I seize will bring me closer to you. Without a need for retreat. I shall be a conqueror. Like a thief in the night. I will put England and France like they haven't been since Agincourt. And when they declare me a hero I will turn politely away and survey my truer territory. And that territory will be this nakedness here.*

George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham in Alexandre Dumas The Three Musketeers as adapted by Marty Ross for Audible (Ch4 18.40 )

*Roughly transcribed. May contain slight errors and butchered punctuation.

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  • Rochlle Finchum
  • 30-10-19

Brilliant!!!

I didn't expect it to be this good!! It is wonderful!! The drama, the characters make this so much fun to listen to. I hope they do the next book in the series "Twenty Years After".

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  • Mark
  • 14-10-19

Crazy Good Listen

Individual voices brings out each character. Very easy on the ears to follow the story

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  • Kathryn
  • 27-08-20

Loved it

Always a favorite book of mine this production had amazing voices and sound effects. Can’t wait to listen to a similar production.

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  • John C.
  • 17-08-20

Great Dramatization

It doesn’t mirror the original book perfectly but the voice acting was phenomenal and made for an extremely enjoyable listen. Truthfully, Dumas’ stories are full of plot elements that appeal to a variety of genres making them appealing to everyone once you get past the identification of his novels as “Classics”.

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  • MShark9
  • 14-05-20

Classically entertaining

As I have never read the original novel, I thought when I chose this “book“ that it would be just that – the novel itself by Dumas. Instead, it was very much like a classic 1930s radio show, with very well trained voice actors playing all the characters. Overall, it was very well done, thoroughly entertaining, and held my attention all the while. Sometimes the voices were a bit similar to each other but one could follow the storyline quite well. I would recommend this presentation for anyone who likes entertainment in the noir style.

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  • Jeff
  • 17-04-21

I Fucking enjoyed it!!

I really enjoy this radio show/theater performance kinda of style of telling a story. A lot of comments say it’s distracting with all the extra sound affects or whatever, but for me it’s so much more entertaining. Makes me feel part of the story of the action adds to the imagination one is having because the voice acting the story it’s very beautifully well done. Thus everything together just makes for a great listening experience. In my personal opinion.
The story is great as well, not sure how close to the original it may be but I just hope and assume they do everything possible to be accurate, without that in mind I was laughing out loud many times during the story. It’s actually funny has some soap opera vibes some might not be into but I loved all the drama going on and I’m a dude just feel like that’s necessary to point out Also Time goes by so fast listening to it as well, made 2 days of work much more bearable.
Over all I recommend the shit of this story, all the work that goes into without you having to actually pay for it is worth a try

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  • Samantha Cohen
  • 08-04-21

The performance was what kept it going

I have not read the original like many of the reviewer‘s so I can’t really say but they seem to be trying very hard to update it and I’m assuming that some of those jokes are more modern but some of them must be in it. There’s a lot of humor and a lot of sex and drinking. And of course a plethora of fighting over mostly nothing.

And I think the ideas at the time were probably pretty sexist so they seem to be doing their best to at least allow you to think more about these things but they do make references to women being the original evil and women should know their place and a smart woman is always seductress and woman who has made a mistake is always evil, And then in the end the big deal is killing a woman which isn’t even really thought about the morality of her accusation or of her life’s difficulties or what she says or how she got there but more just upsetting because it was a woman, a frail defenseless non man, as opposed to the 40 men we’ve seen killed up until this point who die with as much sympathy as a video game. I assume all that is in the original, and a reflection of the times, as is the accepted hierarchy of the way people are treated, the adoration for fighting, and the shallowness and superficiality of what all of these characters call love.

So I think I would’ve had trouble reading this and I probably wouldn’t have got through it, for those reasons listed and because these war scenes go on and on and the way that doesn’t interest me so much as an adult female, but the performance was so well done, acted so well and high-quality editing and well thought out that it was quite entertaining.

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  • Barbara Williford
  • 09-03-21

Excellent

This book is performed like theater. It took a while to get used to the production but after that it was excellent.

I hate it has take me so long to read this classic. A book that is action packed full of action, adventure, bravery, treachery, romance and villains (although at times it is hard to know exactly who the villains really are). The three musketeers are tracking down a nemesis, a strong woman villain who is tracking them as well. I couldn’t put this book down!

Trigger warnings: violence and sexual content

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  • Audible Fan
  • 25-12-19

Not bad also not great

The story was fair the narration was very good. Would not recommend this title as it was only fair

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  • B. McGee
  • 21-06-21

This Version is Fantastic

I have read the book several times, but this is a true way to thoroughly enjoy this classic story. So much more than I could have imagined.
Milady is more amazing than ever!