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The Three Musketeers Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas
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The Three Musketeers is an action-packed classic with elements of romance and political intrigue. It's filled with engaging characters, from the hothead D'Artagnan to the soulful Athos and the evil Milady, a brilliantly sketched female villain. Milady is the perfect femme fatale—beautiful, but without a shred of goodness. D'Artagnan, on the other hand, is an inexperienced young man trying to make it in the world. Although he's not particularly brilliant or gifted, he's very likable, tumbling in and out of love and rushing headlong into life.

The story begins with D'Artagnan leaving home to seek his fortune. His idea is to become one of the King's musketeers and he has a letter of introduction from his father that might help him to accomplish this aim. However, on the way to Paris, D'Artagnan is beaten up and his letter stolen, the culprit being the Comte de Rochefort who works for Cardinal Richelieu, a powerful man who is ostensibly on the King's side but secretly working against him.

D'Artagnan manages to reach Paris but without the letter of introduction, he can't become a musketeer. And to make metters worse, he now falls into the bad graces of the three musketeers - Athos, Porthos and Aramis - and engages to fight duels with each of them, one after the other. The Cardinal's men catch the three musketeers and D'Artagnan trying to duel and attempt to arrest them, upon which the three musketeers and D'Artagnan join forces and defeat them, even though they are outnumbered. This fighting in unison cements a friendship between the three musketeers and D'Artagnan, who manages to get a place in a different regiment.

After this, the four friends set about trying to prevent a war between England and France by retrieving the jewels that the French Queen gave to the Duke of Buckingham. They meet many evildoers on their way, including Milady but they finally manage to get the jewels back and prevent a war. However, Milady, who was out to kill Buckingham, eventually succeeds in this aim, getting someone else to do the dirty work for her. She also kills D'Artagnan's sweetheart, leaving it up to the three musketeers and D'Artagnan to make sure she comes by her just desserts.

Alexandre Dumas was a man who never did things by halves. He wrote extensively, at first producing plays which were very successful and later, novels, which were published in serial form in journals read by the public. The Three Musketeers was enormously successful, with people standing in line waiting for the journal to become available. Another of Dumas' famous works, which has become a classic, is The Count of Monte Cristo, a tale of deception and intrigue. Altogether, Dumas wrote a total of 100,000 published pages. Although he was married, he had nearly 40 affairs and four illegitimate children, one of whom, known as Alexandre Dumas, fils (son) went on to become a well-known writer himself. Dumas' story is an inspiring one because he was partly black and often faced discrimination from his contemporaries, but he rose above all this to become one of the best-known writers of his time.

Download The Three Musketeers from The Audio Bookstore and prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride through French history. This audio book is packed with action and suspense and will always keep you guessing.

This historical romance, perhaps the greatest cloak-and-sword story ever written, relates the adventures of four fictional swashbuckling heroes who loyally served the French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV.

When the dashing young d’Artagnan arrives in Paris from Gascony, he becomes embroiled in three duels with the musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. But when he proves himself by fighting with, not against, the three Musketeers, they form a quick and lasting friendship. The daring escapades of the four pit them against the master of intrigue, Cardinal Richelieu, and the quintessential wicked woman, Lady de Winter.

Alexandre Dumas’s swashbuckling epic has embroidered upon history a colorful world of swordplay, intrigue, and romance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I do not say there is no character as well drawn in Shakespeare [as D’Artagnan]. I do say there is none that I love so wholly.”

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • “No novelist since Dumas has been more irreverent of the conventions of well-made fiction…[Dumas’s] historical novels always wind up saying that everything that matters—love, courage, pleasure and, especially, all-for-one-and-one-for-all friendship—exists most vividly not in the supposed centers of power, but elsewhere: in the margins of history, where the musketeers, immortally, live.”

    New York Times

  • “Alexandre Dumas’s classic adventure tale is full of irresistible elements: swordplay, guns…intrigue, derring-do, loyalty, romance, famous historical names (Cardinal Richelieu, Louis XIII)…A can’t-miss storytelling proposition.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Buckle-your-swash and get ready for a rousing action-adventure…Simon Vance’s performance is period-perfect. His characterizations are passionate, full-blooded, and memorable…sprinkled with healthy doses of irreverence, wit, and irony. Friendship, loyalty, and honor make this all-for-one-and-one-for-all listening.”

    AudioFile

  • “The tale of the audacious young swordsman who journeys to Paris to make his fortune and his name in the king’s guard, the bonds he forms with the famed trio of Musketeers, and their ensuing adventures, remains compelling and timeless.”

    Library Journal

Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by carnival | 2/11/2014

    " I became a little disappointed sitting with so well-known classic and finding it so vague. Although all the happenings, intrigues and characters are various, the way they were described seem to be superficial and run out of emotions. I don't know if it's just my version of translation or there's really lack of descriptions, but this drawback was constantly discouraging me from lecture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Tim Riddle | 2/10/2014

    " Forget the movies the book is really something to get excited about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by François-Denis Gonthier | 2/6/2014

    " I found that book long winded and boring. The films and cartoons are much more entertaining than the original story. I'm still happy I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Kimber | 1/27/2014

    " Written by a man, for other men. Adequately describes how men think. If I could forget about the immorality and affairs going on, I could enjoy it. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won twelve 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.