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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandre Dumas Narrator: Michael York Publisher: Raffin Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Classics Read by Celebrities Series Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9781482955330
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A young Gascon nobleman, d’Artagnan, makes his way to Paris hoping to join the Musketeers, that legion of heroes held in high esteem by the king and feared by the wicked Cardinal Richelieu. D’Artagnan quickly proves he has the heart of a Musketeer and earns himself a place in their ranks. Relying on their wits and skills with the sword, the gallant trio sets out to preserve the honor of the king and foil the nefarious schemes of Cardinal Richelieu.

Alexandre Dumas’s swashbuckling epic has embroidered upon history a colorful world of swordplay, intrigue, and romance, which earned this classic its reputation as the most thrilling adventure novel ever written.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ash | 2/17/2014

    " One of my favorite novels of all time. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Vanzandt | 2/15/2014

    " Amazing book, but still can't figure out why it is called the Three Musketeers when there are clearly Four of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Weathersby | 2/8/2014

    " Quite possibly my favorite book of all. All the film versions pale next to the original story. A great epic of French history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julievans | 2/6/2014

    " I've always enjoyed this book. Unlike some classics - it truly is a work of literary art worthy of it's fanbase (some critically acclaimed, loved stories leave me stumped as to why they has a following). It's thorough with a complicated plot which addresses social and economic issues of the times (then and now). As well as solid, strong character development and relationship threads that are believable and tangible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.M. Johnson-Weider | 2/5/2014

    " The first couple hundred pages are a farcical romp through 17th century France and the Musketeers are not always the most likeable. Then the tension builds and Dumas' genius for character and intrigue come shining through. By chapter 47, I was completely riveted. Milady has to be one of the greatest literary villains of all time; makes me wonder if du Maurier was honoring her by giving Rebecca the last name de Winter? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adele | 2/4/2014

    " Very good...Soap opera with swashbuckling action. Need to learn more about "branding" of fleur dy lis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noha Basiouny | 2/2/2014

    " Everything in this novel is royal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 1/31/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Yelverton | 1/28/2014

    " One of the greatest adventure novels ever written. Well worth your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Stewart | 1/26/2014

    " Although the book itself is pretty long, you'll be surprised at how quickly you fly through this story as you watch the heroes and villains clash in 17th century Paris. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 1/24/2014

    " Fun, however I liked The Count of Monte Cristo better. A classic worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin | 1/23/2014

    " So good. I loved the gang wars between the cardinal's men and the musketeers and the eccentricities of honor and nobility. The whole dueling culture is so absurd and humorous. They're great characters and they just keep getting into trouble and handling it with style. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it, although the epilogue made me a little sad. (view spoiler)[Just that they all went their separate ways. They were such good friends and I'd liked to have imagined them rabble rousing together after the story ended. (hide spoiler)] "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 1/23/2014

    " One of my all time favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 1/22/2014

    " I really loved this. I'm realizing I love Alexandre Dumas books. This one reminded me of the Count of Monte Cristo which I also loved. I first sat down to read the Man in the Iron mask only to realize that it was number 4 of a series. I love series and continuing characters. I'm on the next one - Twenty Years after, we'll see if they're all as good as the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 1/22/2014

    " Why did it take me so many years to pick this book up? I LOVED it, such a wildly entertaining read. I'm definitely adding it to my Top-10 list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Sutherland | 1/18/2014

    " Great writing...the three musketeers were not who I thought they were ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chaitanya Reddy | 1/18/2014

    " Beautiful, wonderfully written, master-piece..I'm running out of adjectives here! "

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

    " If reading in English, the best translation is the Oxford one which also benefits from historical notes that provide context. The penguin edition is an abomination, with overly modern language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shahnawaz Islam | 1/18/2014

    " Simply riveting, this book is. Loved every page of the book which gave little inkling about how the rest of the book would go. The ending is a big big surprise though I would've never known it was heading that way. Every character was so well-etched and kept getting more defined. Every loop in the story seems to end in the book's ending. Brilliant! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 1/15/2014

    " One of my favorites! [return][return]Milady is a fascinating character study. She deserves her own story. Yes, the evil, man-destroying succubus was stereotypical even by the time this was written, but Milady is so brilliantly written, I can happily look past that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora Beth | 1/14/2014

    " More interesting and complex than the standard movie plot depicts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla Goodhouse | 1/7/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books. It's a classic action-adventure story. It's a well written, fast paced, enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marsa | 1/7/2014

    " One of the only books I couldn't finish. "

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

    " I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I have read by Dumas thus far. His imagination is never ending and his humor is quick and witty. Nothing a movie can ever compare to! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sim dikkers | 1/5/2014

    " Another classic, but compared to The Count of Monte Cristo it is a very easy read indeed. If you start this one you will finish it, no matter what, i assure you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Collett | 1/1/2014

    " Alexandre Dumas is 2 for 2 with me. Such a good writer even in translation. "

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

    " Good book difficult to read because of language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dixie | 12/26/2013

    " I would have liked this more if I hadn't been so familiar with the story. Those movies we watched years ago stuck really close to the book, so there were few surprises. Still well written and very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Senith | 12/25/2013

    " Not a difficult read. Good pace but you must suspend a little modern morality. "

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

    " SO cool when you think That this book was written in 1840! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chaitanya Reddy | 12/22/2013

    " Beautiful, wonderfully written, master-piece..I'm running out of adjectives here! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.smyth.pdx | 12/17/2013

    " D'Artagnan joins the musketeers at the risk of his own life. He pursues conspirators plotting against the life of the king and the leader of the musketeers. Falls in love, and saves her life in the process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Hobb | 12/11/2013

    " Accept no substitutes! Movies cannot do it justice. Read it. Then read Ten Years Later, Twenty Years Afterward, and well, just read all the Dumas you can get your hands on. You won't regret it. And it will greatly enhance your pleasure when you read The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blo | 11/27/2013

    " This book was a good read, an adventurous romp from a different era. Also ultimately a book about friendship, this is the best of the d'artagnan romances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 11/19/2013

    " This book is far more kickass than any of the films based upon it. Bravo, Monseiur Dumas! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine | 11/15/2013

    " Another excellent adventure penned by Dumas. Full of sword-fights, romance, and intrigue, enmities becoming friendships and trust solidifying in heated moments of battle. This is a fabulous story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 11/9/2013

    " I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I have read by Dumas thus far. His imagination is never ending and his humor is quick and witty. Nothing a movie can ever compare to! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Boyington | 11/6/2013

    " Royalty, diamonds, Frenchmen, cardinals, and swashbuckling aplenty. What more could you want? This classic adventure story follows the heroic young Musketeer (the bodyguards of the French court) D'Artagnan as he makes friends, fights duels, and falls in love with the wrong woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valarie Osterhout | 10/23/2013

    " This book rates in my top 3 books ever. Perfect story of loyalty and friendship (and romance and humor and rousing swordfights...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pepita Thomas | 10/22/2013

    " Not breathtaking but highly entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 10/17/2013

    " Very good story, or rather two stories involving the same characters. I found it satirical in its humor and great in its intrigue and adventure. Definitely the textbook definition of a swashbuckling adventure story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janfam | 8/5/2013

    " Written in the old way with lots of side stories that drag on a bit but overall I enjoyed the book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ingrid | 8/4/2013

    " Some parts were good, other parts I thought were boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carron Greene | 8/2/2013

    " I remember thinking, as I read this book, "These men are the silliest of men I've ever read about." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon LC Cate | 7/31/2013

    " Wow. I never knew these guys were really just fraternity boys--of the very worst sort, too. Sort of fun to read, if you can, you know, shrug off the misogyny and senseless violence. Looking forward to trying more Dumas, though. Hoping he comes through for me in the other books. "

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

    " Did not quite enjoy this as much as "Man in the Iron Mask" as there were far too many pages devoted to one character where the musketeers were completely absent. Book always picked up when any one of them was the focus. But still really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jagad5 | 5/31/2013

    " Why can't more classics be this entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noemi Vega | 5/25/2013

    " Dumas takes you on a whirlwind of adventure as he follows leading man D'Artagnan into duel after duel! There were very fun surprises, some I was disappointed by, but overall an entertaining bedtime read :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Weathersby | 5/18/2013

    " Quite possibly my favorite book of all. All the film versions pale next to the original story. A great epic of French history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adele | 4/23/2013

    " Very good...Soap opera with swashbuckling action. Need to learn more about "branding" of fleur dy lis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeeha Maqbool | 4/20/2013

    " I never thought I'd read this book, but a severe bout of food poisoning made me pick it up due to lack of other options. It started a lasting affair with Dumas, is all I can say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Titus Fortner | 4/16/2013

    " This was a fun book. I read a free copy of it on my phone. I've heard that there are newer and better translations that don't do as much prudish filtering of what Dumas wrote. As it stands, a few parts just didn't make much sense. A fun classic that is well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 3/18/2013

    " Long, but fun, in parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Hirsch | 2/17/2013

    " My favorite book ever. Nothing else to be said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Estrella | 2/12/2013

    " la loca de milady es lo mejor ajajja "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JaSexxy | 2/11/2013

    " A-MAY-ZING! More in depth review coming soon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 2/4/2013

    " loved it. Dumas is hilarious, and the leads do battle with a truly evil foe. missed a five star rating because a lot of the implications of the various romantic entanglements went over my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris The Story Reading Ape | 1/23/2013

    " A rollicking good read, but I had to wait til the movie came out before I could run around shouting All for one and one for All (well, I was only 10 :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cimuth | 1/18/2013

    " kayaknya zaman dulu murah sekali nyawa manusia. "senggol bacok" bukan lagi frase belaka. lu senggol, gua bacok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Campbell | 1/14/2013

    " It is obvious why this book is a classic. There is a lot of sword fighting action; there is intrigue; and there is love. The musketeers are true to each other so that friendship is exalted. I also enjoyed the history of time and place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G | 12/5/2012

    " 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hope | 11/26/2012

    " It is impossibly long without anything to hold my attention and became a chore to read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meer Naqeeb | 11/7/2012

    " The book's eternal message:One for all,All for one!!. Nuff said!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaia | 10/20/2012

    " The Musketeers certainly are not the characters that are portrayed in the movies. Once I got past that, it wasn't a bad book. I liked the female villain, the Lady de Winter, a nice change of pace than your every day male villain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 9/16/2012

    " Absolutely fantastic book. It was a pleasure to read. Parts of it were familiar from movies and childrens books but nothing even comes close to this original tale. Lots of action mixed in with some serious tragedy and a good dash of side splitting hilarity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 8/23/2012

    " I read this with my son and wife in the evening as part of his history class. My wife and son found their interest in the story picked up about halfway through when Milady appeared to complicate matters. In the end, they agreed that it was not a bad read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celecta Moss | 7/17/2012

    " Love love loved this book. I would compare it to The Count of Monte Cristo book as far as the genre goes. It is very similar. It kept my attention the whole way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helena | 7/11/2012

    " love it- charming French adventures of musketeers with all the romance, danger and good and bad guys...also very nostalgic because of the old Russian movie I watched as a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Campbell | 7/6/2012

    " It is obvious why this book is a classic. There is a lot of sword fighting action; there is intrigue; and there is love. The musketeers are true to each other so that friendship is exalted. I also enjoyed the history of time and place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moonit | 3/21/2012

    " I never realized that this book was historical fiction at the time it was written, but it makes a lot of sense. Adventure, romance, swashbuckling, etc. I didn't like it as much as the Count of Monte Cristo, but it was still fun, despite some awkward class and gender issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 2/28/2012

    " (Preserved for comment thread: I'm reading the Project Gutenberg e-book. Frustratingly, I can't identify the translator.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan Lock | 2/26/2012

    " The Three Musketeers was the first classic French novel I've read. Dumas was fantastic and his characterizations were top-notch. I loved it and will be reading more. On to more Dumas or Hugo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Titus Fortner | 2/21/2012

    " This was a fun book. I read a free copy of it on my phone. I've heard that there are newer and better translations that don't do as much prudish filtering of what Dumas wrote. As it stands, a few parts just didn't make much sense. A fun classic that is well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AdeleSecrest704 | 2/5/2012

    " Definitely exciting just a little confusing. Maybe I'll try again when I can read on a higher level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jyoti H | 2/4/2012

    " I loved this book. My first attempt at a classic, but the story was wonderful and the story-telling much more !! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ulf | 2/4/2012

    " This is a classic hero story, without the typical happy ending. I also liked the very black and white characters, where you know who the good ones are and the bad ones are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fawaz H | 1/17/2012

    " I love this book it's my favorit classic of all the time , I finish it in two days that was awesome to me ^^ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Crossett | 11/25/2011

    " Remains my favorite book of all time because it kept me laughing and turning the page. I love Artemis, Aramis, Athos, and D'Artanian. I read it on Spring Break in middle school and finished it in 3 days. I love this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Supperanna | 10/15/2011

    " my mom used to read it to me when i was a kid "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/7/2011

    " Great plot and lovable/hatable characters. Worth the effort to read so much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D. Terry | 8/31/2011

    " Loved it! Always a classic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerrie Chabot | 8/14/2011

    " Excellent characters. A classic to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 8/11/2011

    " Loved it...started the next in the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Sessions | 7/26/2011

    " I liked the book but it could have been cut in half and been better. Next time I'll read the abridged version. But the story was really good. "

  • 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

Michael York is a successful screen and stage actor. Among his screen credits are Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Logan’s Run, and Austin Powers. Stage appearances include Britain’s National Theatre and Broadway. His television work has garnered Emmy nominations and his audio recordings Grammy nominations. He has been awarded Britain’s OBE, France’s Arts et Lettres, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.