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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.”


  • “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 Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim Cook | 2/14/2014

    " Life your life to the fullest and damn the consequences. those are for after, those ore fo love and for love to answer for honor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larry | 2/14/2014

    " Fun, fairly quick read, with the exception of the seemingly endless (and uninterrupted) description of Milady's captivity in England. Pardieu, I can see why most movies skip that segment. The antiquated, gentlemanly language was refreshing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Louise Davis | 2/14/2014

    " Read it in a day, couldn't put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Unbridled | 2/14/2014

    " A riotous, absurd (it could never be written now), and entirely readable romantic adventure. As a serialized adventure of its time, it has its 'modern' flaws, but only a bitter soul would dislike this book for 'technical' reasons. The Count of Monte Cristo is always going to be my favorite Dumas (what a man!) book, but I look forward to reading the rest of the D'Artagnan adventures. "

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