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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28,496 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandre Dumas Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781455196609
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Thirty-five years after the events of The Three Musketeers, D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis find themselves caught between conflicting loyalties in a power struggle that could change the face of the French monarchy.

For eight long years, a young prisoner has languished within the dreaded Bastille, his face hidden in an iron mask. He knows neither his true identity nor the crime for which he has been imprisoned. But Aramis knows this secret—a secret so dangerous, it could topple the King from his throne. Will his cause divide the once indivisible band of musketeers?

A tale of mystery, adventure, and political intrigue, this conclusion to Dumas’s swashbuckling musketeer saga is based on the true story of a masked prisoner who dwelled in the Bastille during Louis XIV’s reign and whose identity remains in question to this day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No part of the world has ever seemed to me so charming as these pages, and not even my friends are quite so real, perhaps quite so dear, as d’Artagnan.”

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • “The name Alexandre Dumas is more than French—it is universal.”

    Victor Hugo

  • “Only he had the imaginative involvement, the compulsion, and the intuititon to create characters and situations which, even in our own cynical times, have yet to lose their appeal and which in his own day, made him not only France’s bestselling author but the most famous living Frenchman in the world.”

    David Coward, editor

  • “Historical characters mix believably with fictional ones rendered with zeal by narrator Simon Vance.”

    SoundCommentary.com

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Otis Chandler | 2/15/2014

    " A great finish to the D'Artagnan series - definitely enjoyed it. Ending wasn't what I wanted though, you could tell he was just trying to permanently end the series. It could easily be having seen the movie made me want more drama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/14/2014

    " This is book five of the Three Musketeers series and a beautiful ending to an amazing tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert burke | 2/13/2014

    " The last of the musketeers saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 2/12/2014

    " Last conquest from Project Guttenburg during the 'Summer of Kevin' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine | 2/9/2014

    " Another fantastic book brought to you by Alexandre Dumas. The final installment of the Three Musketeers' tale, this winds up everything that happens to everyone - with the exception of Aramis. We learn how Porthos, Athos, Raoul, and the valiant d'Artagnan meet their ends, by by the end all we know is that Aramis is still General of the Jesuits and residing in Spain as a diplomat by the end, which left me to wondering. All in all, this book promised the same wonderful action and adventure as all of the rest of Dumas' books, and it delivered. A fantastic novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Tyrer | 2/8/2014

    " Another rollicking Dumas chocked with political turmoil, intrigue, injustice and even romance. Bigger than life and sprawling epic. Another true favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 2/5/2014

    " This was by far my least favorite book of Dumas'. I read Dumas for adventure, action, and twisted plots. This one started out that way, but by 1/3 of the way through had disintegrated into nothing but a long, rambling commentary on 17th century French politics. The Man in the Iron Mask disappeared by the middle of the book and never showed up again. Ridiculous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrice | 2/3/2014

    " After the Counte of Monte Cristo, I went on a Dumas reading kick and this was one of the ones. I didn't care for it as much as the others, the focus seemed less on the characters and more on the politics. I'm not sure exactly when I read this beyond in the summer, several years ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 2/3/2014

    " This book is a total drag and is the epitome of why people hate to read "the classics." It is shocking how little actually happens over the span of so many pages. Do yourself a favour and read the Three Musketeers instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LunaBelle | 1/29/2014

    " It was at the same time very entertaining and annoying. I loved how some characters are presented but the exaggeration in giving details bored me a bit. The end was surprising and i'm satisfied with that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/24/2014

    " As I began reading The Man in the Iron Mask I felt like I was being untrue to the Musketeers. I could not remember if I had read the Three Musketeers and I know that I didn't read Twenty Years Later. Only now as I am writing this review have I learned the that The Man in the Iron Mask is only the third part of a long book, The Vicomte de Bragelonne. Luckily, with knowledge comes ability to correct old mistakes. I found this writing so easy and so plpeasurable that I will begin from the beginning and read the d'Artagnan romances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian Colesberry | 1/20/2014

    " One of the first adult books I read, after Ivanhoe. I loved it of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clint | 1/20/2014

    " My least favorite of the trio, I think I was depressed for days after this book. It was very melancholy. Not at all like the movie. The ending sad... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phoenix2 | 1/19/2014

    " A good book with our favorite characters. Nice twist and hostorical facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrey | 1/18/2014

    " The conclusion of the three musketeers, great book but there are too many diversions from the story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcus Steffanci | 1/15/2014

    " Vastly different from the movie and so depressing. Overall, I'd only recommend the first two books in the D'artagnan/Musketeers saga (Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LunaBelle | 1/12/2014

    " It was at the same time very entertaining and annoying. I loved how some characters are presented but the exaggeration in giving details bored me a bit. The end was surprising and i'm satisfied with that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/11/2014

    " Painful as it was, I did enjoy the book. Hard read with run on sentences, and no idea who is speaking in paragraphs. Not at all like the movie- I had hoped to get more info on some of the points I thought were lacking in the movie. All in all it's good to work your brain sometimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Kw | 1/8/2014

    " This is my favorite of the Musketeers series but don't let Hollywood deceive this is way more depressing and heartbreaking than the Leonardo Decaperio /Gabriel Burns adaption "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Henry | 1/7/2014

    " I loved The Three Musketeers in my youth, but never got around to reading the sequels. Still found it to be fun escapism, but the later parts exemplify the sadness you feel in seeing beyond the scope of the original work to the point where characters grow old (and/or die). :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maya | 1/7/2014

    " Can't believe how faith can be so unfair.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eric leavitt | 1/5/2014

    " Quite a read! I'd like to know more about the politics that were going on in Paris at the time Dumas was writing. This book has some of the characters from The Three Musketeers, but I believe they are mainly side characters in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 1/4/2014

    " I like the Louise bok the best, but all the books are fun to read. He can amaze me with a plot turn, it is fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eric leavitt | 1/2/2014

    " Quite a read! I'd like to know more about the politics that were going on in Paris at the time Dumas was writing. This book has some of the characters from The Three Musketeers, but I believe they are mainly side characters in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/1/2014

    " I did not give this book 4 stars because the ending was not fun and exciting. It does not have a happy ending. It follows the musketeers and the fourth guy (whose name i am unable to spell, Dar-something) to the mostly sad ends of their lives. Not necessarily a tragedy, but not a happy ending. In any case I was impressed by the book even though it is not fun like the three musketeers is fun. It is still high quality literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RK Byers | 1/1/2014

    " don't remember if i've read monte crisco, but i DO remember this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Omaha Perez | 12/31/2013

    " A lot of people don't realize The Three Musketeers had sequels. This is Book 5, an excellent conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 12/28/2013

    " Not bad. Sadly very little about the actual man in the iron mask, which was what I'd expected (for no particular reason other than the title), but still a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrizia | 12/23/2013

    " Another amazing adventure with four truly memorable characters. It is so nice to meet them again in this story, and discover how different things are in the novel when compared to the film. Loved it. Dumas never disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Grafton | 12/22/2013

    " Not so good as the Three Musketeers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 12/15/2013

    " I'll have to go back and read the first two books to get the full impact of this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 12/6/2013

    " I liked it only because it was written by Dumas. Otherwise, it felt a lot like sadistic fan fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 11/22/2013

    " Loved The Three Musketeers so I read this afterwards. Was still a good book but not quite as captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 11/5/2013

    " This is the final in the trilogy and is a real downer. All but one die in this one, and the one who lives is my least favorite! It took me a while to get through it becasue it was so depressing.It is nothing like the movie which has a much happier ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 11/4/2013

    " Another favorite. I just love reading stories from this time period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 10/28/2013

    " This is the final in the trilogy and is a real downer. All but one die in this one, and the one who lives is my least favorite! It took me a while to get through it becasue it was so depressing.It is nothing like the movie which has a much happier ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 10/23/2013

    " I liked it only because it was written by Dumas. Otherwise, it felt a lot like sadistic fan fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glenn | 8/28/2013

    " First of all it should be titled "Musketeer's Demise". Second to be fair I have not read "The Three Musketeers" so I had trouble keeping all of the characters many, many names straight. I like Dumas, but come on - this felt like the highlight of a longer work - which is just what it is. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frances | 8/23/2013

    " NOT AT ALL LIKE THE MOVIE. MAN IN IRON MASK A VERY SMALL PART IN THIS STORY OF THE AGING MUSKETEERS BUT MOST HISTORY LESSONS "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diah | 7/29/2013

    " It's amazing when u've reached the end of the story. Apparently, D'Artagnan and the Queen had TWIN!! One a bad boy the other is quite the opposite. Lovely and touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 7/27/2013

    " A little slow, but exciting at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/2/2013

    " It started out well, but by the end Dumas was like a serial killer methodically picking off the characters he created for us to love. In a way I wish I hadn't read it, but I guess it did provide some closure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 5/28/2013

    " Dumas is good at the type of books he writes. Count of Monte Cristo being his best. This one is good, but not amazing. Its long and dramatic. My copy from 1998 had Leonardo DiCaprio on it. And that was pretty much why I read it to begin with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 5/26/2013

    " Disappointing. Starts out brilliantly and then sort of fades away. Guess Dumas was trying to round off the story of the 4 musketeers and wandered away from what I'd thought was the main plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecil | 5/16/2013

    " This is a great book. Not only does it have a great swashbuckling theme. There is also alot of mystery and political intrigue that really gets you thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi Siefkas | 5/7/2013

    " Very difficult to get into with all of the characters and not having read the previous musketeer books, but the writing and relationships (romantic and political) are captivating. It is a long book but you get into the rhythm and can't wait to see what happens next with King 1 or the 4 musketeers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 4/16/2013

    " First book I've ever cried over. Fell in love with the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alena | 3/20/2013

    " I loved the set up and first few chapters, but then it became a travel log of heroisms for the musketeers. I would have done so much more with the story. Alas, Dumas, what an undeveloped plot! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maya | 3/20/2013

    " Can't believe how faith can be so unfair.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 1/25/2013

    " Another good one from Dumas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Wolfley | 1/11/2013

    " Just some good classic Dumas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tory Wagner | 11/14/2012

    " It took a while to get used to the language, but once into it, it was great! The ending with 3 of their deaths was sad, I had forgotten about that. the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio was totally different! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert burke | 11/3/2012

    " The last of the musketeers saga. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jesse Broussard | 7/22/2012

    " The story at least is decent, and could have been good had Dumas spent more than ten minutes dictating it to a very nearly deaf secretary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia G | 5/17/2012

    " Of all the Dumas books, this one is just such a page turner! I think translation has a lot to do with it and I had purchased the Barnes & Noble version. I don't know if they "dumb" it down or not, but I found it so well written I was staying up way late into the night to read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy V | 5/14/2012

    " This book isn't really what I thought it would be. I thought that the majority of this book would be about the actual man in the iron mask but it wasn't. It was very exciting during the first part of the book, after that it just got harder to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pascale | 5/8/2012

    " Brilliant! this brings back some memories, read this as a young teenager in French. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francis | 2/27/2012

    " Yes, it's about honor, swords, pistols, treachery, duplicity and death. But, Dumas is not your normal swashbuckler, because no matter how big the story, his humor and his heart always shine through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 1/8/2012

    " I had a harder time getting through this one. It's not as good as Three Musketeers or Count. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jackie | 1/7/2012

    " i couldn't get into this book, it wandered way too much. a real let-down after high expectations from the three musketeers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 8/2/2011

    " Much different from the movie version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 6/29/2011

    " A- Very interesting - at times, I lost the plot b/c I wasn't paying attn enough, but super good, captivating read. Why wasn't it called the Four Muskateers, why is our hero kept out of it? Love, war, smarts, battle, life. Great stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olga | 6/28/2011

    " Favorite book when I was a kid :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edy | 6/25/2011

    " I listened to this book and the listening made the book that much more enjoyable. The French words and names pose a struggle for me not have much of a background in French. The person who read the book made it very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geetha | 6/22/2011

    " I read this book when I was very young but the dedication and loyalty of the heroes are still fresh in my memory. A great book I would like to read again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 6/21/2011

    " I rarely give any book 5 stars but this classic is my absolute favorite book of all time. I have enjoyed this book over and over again. Now I am off to reading the entire series, which I so how have never done.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teegan | 6/10/2011

    " Was surprised, but I would call this book a rollicking good time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shams | 6/1/2011

    " The most enjoyable novel I have ever read. In fact, reading it whilst young helped release the rebel inside, probably not a good thing. ;] "

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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.