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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,427 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandre Dumas Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781455195855
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Following The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After, Dumas continued his D’Artagnan romances with a final trilogy set during the reign of Louis XIV. Louise de La Vallière, the second novel in that trilogy, continues the suspense which began with The Vicomte de Bragelonne and will end with The Man in the Iron Mask. Filled with behind-the-scenes political intrigues and set against a tender love story, the novel brings the aging Musketeers out of retirement to face an impending crisis within the royal court of France.

It is 1661, and King Louis XIV is strengthening France’s military, preparing to undermine superintendent of finance Nicolas Fouquet at the behest of wily social-climber Jean-Baptiste Colbert. D’Artagnan has assumed command of the king’s Musketeers while Aramis has risen to the top of the Jesuit order. Meanwhile, Porthos remains tied to the military, and the wealthy Athos is concerned with the affairs of his son, Raoul, who finds himself smitten with the lovely Louise de la Vallière.

As always, Dumas brings French history to life with excitement and romance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the very best of the series, mixing amorous and political intrigue with an élan peculiar to Dumas…This quasi-historical series remains remarkably readable.”

    Irish Times (Dublin)

  • “What other novel has such epic variety and nobility of incident?”

    Robert Louis Stevenson

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffin | 2/20/2014

    " Number three in the series, see review for Vicomte de Bragelonne "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/19/2014

    " I love Alexandre Dumas, and this book was fun to read, but I got a little discouraged because it kept jumping around between characters. It was hard to really invest in the different storylines and characters because there were just so many of them! The last few chapters (which finally got back to the original four musketeers) were very good, however, so on account of them I will give this book four stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsa | 2/18/2014

    " The only reason it's getting two stars instead of one from me is that the last third of the book, stuff actually starts to happen again. I really despise the courtly intrigue and romance that makes up the rest of the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 2/7/2014

    " This is like High school drama in royal court. Jeeze Louise! It would be nice if I could get some Musketeers in my 3 Musketeers book. I'd settle for one! But they are few and far between. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hazel West | 2/2/2014

    " I'll admit right up front that this was not my favorite of the D'Artagnan Romances. As a "hard core" fan of the Four Inseparables, I wished there was more of them in this book. All the court intrigue in this one, while amusing, got a little tiring and tedious, especially since there were complicated love triangles and such--not my kind of thing. I also got sick and tired of Louise. I never minded her in any of the other books, and I loved her and Raoul, but what she did to him was heartless, and she made me angry for that, so I no longer have any respect for her character. Montalais, on the other hand, who I didn't like to begin with, I found a liked more and more as the story went on. She was a fun character and her coupled with Malicorn made for amusing situations. Dumas certainly can craft brilliant characters, that is for certain. And I did very much enjoy the parts that you did get to see the four friends, though they went too quickly for me. It was so refreshing to see Aramis still up to his shady deeds, Porthos being himself, and D'Artagnan still trying to keep up with everything though he's sick of palace life. I wished there was more of Athos as he is my favorite character next to D'Artagnan. In short, this was not a bad read, and I would definitely recommend reading it to further your knowledge of events before reading Man in the Iron Mask. That one looks like it has better prospects and I am excited to get to it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert burke | 1/13/2014

    " the weakest of the musketeer saga "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ange | 12/25/2013

    " As usual, always enjoy books by my favorite author. This book takes place just before the story of the man with the iron mask. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 12/21/2013

    " This book was originally one book with "The Vicomte De Bragelonne" and "The Man in the Iron Mask." Translated into English they were broken into three delightful books that give Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnion a great ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Omaha Perez | 11/22/2013

    " A lot of people don't realize The Three Musketeers had sequels. This is Book 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/15/2013

    " Good, but I didn't like this one as much as The Vicomte de Bragelonne (which I didn't like as much as Twenty Years After). There was lots and lots of intrigue and court politics and too few appearances by the Four; my favorite part was Aramis and d'Artagnan's verbal fencing in Chapter 56. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ross | 9/17/2013

    " Not the period adventure material of the The Three Musketeers or The Count of Monte Christo. Mostly just a silly romantic novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrey | 9/12/2013

    " The sad story about Louise de la Valliere, A continual of the three musketeers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 8/5/2012

    " I think this is my favorite Dumas book - beautiful, touching, and yet adventurous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lukas Persson | 7/29/2012

    " Like The Vicomte De Bragelonne, this book is almost completely setting up the story for the final book, which in turn, makes it quite a slow read, however, I enjoyed plenty, and the damn thing did pick up immensely at the end -- now i have to read the final chapter, jesus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 12/24/2011

    " The slowest paced of all the Musketeer books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 10/27/2011

    " Again, a lot of reading for the scant three musketeers scenes, but this was my three musketeers year so I had to do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyger | 8/23/2011

    " Better and better and better. Dumas, Dumas, Dumas! I only wish I could read these in french. Sad for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/20/2011

    " Alexandre Dumas continues his amazingness :-D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theron | 1/13/2011

    " Another good read following the three musketeers adventures. The translator did a great job capturing the feel. It was a bit long and I couldn't wait to finish, but the plot twists kept me turning pages. Now onto the final book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 12/25/2010

    " This was another amazing story in the ongoing tale of Dumas' Musketeers. It was not perhaps as engaging as the previous two, but it was still a good story and any diehards like myself, would find it just as enjoyable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhaegar | 12/24/2010

    " Sad, but awesome for my young teenager mind. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melodee | 12/15/2010

    " I loved this third installment of the Three Musketeers saga. Dumas really captured the essence of the time period, and the main characters are quite lovable. The court intrigues are entertaining as well. I am looking forward to indulging in part four, Louise de la Valliere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Omaha | 11/16/2010

    " A lot of people don't realize The Three Musketeers had sequels. This is Book 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alessandro | 9/29/2010

    " As advertised, this book is more about court intrigue than the adventures of our beloved Musketeers. I love Dumas' writing, but the story is a bit tiresome; it took me a lot longer to read this book than the first two because I was less interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lukas | 9/22/2010

    " This book was a tad slow at times, going deep into every detail Dumas could muster, but all in all, a great book, one that leaves me anxious for the next installment, "Louise de la Vallière." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 9/10/2010

    " the third installment the the Three Musketeers saga "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique | 8/10/2010

    " What a fun book. I thought it would be terribly dated and a bit of a rough ride, but it's wonderful, charming and actually a real page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 6/27/2009

    " I love the Musketeer books. I get swept into the story and like the characterizations, I find them so interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870), French novelist and playwright, was born the son of an innkeeper’s daughter and one of Napoleon’s generals. He moved to Paris in 1823 to make his fortune in the theater, and at twenty-eight he was one of the leading literary figures of his day. His complete works were eventually to fill over three hundred volumes, and his stories made him the best-known Frenchman of his age. He is best known for his ever-popular classic novels The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.