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3.0001295001295 out of 53.0001295001295 out of 53.0001295001295 out of 53.0001295001295 out of 53.0001295001295 out of 5 3.00 (7,722 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandre Dumas Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781455174195
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Originally published in 1845 as a sequel to The Three MusketeersTwenty Years After is a supreme creation of suspense and heroic adventure.

Two decades have passed since the three musketeers triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady. Time has weakened their resolve and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings his immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is a titanic struggle with the son of Milady, who wears the face of Evil.

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

    " I love the characters in the Three Musketeers books. Dumas is one of my favorite authors. Plan on reading the third book too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Anne | 2/4/2014

    " Another great Dumas. Like the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 2/1/2014

    " Maybe not quite as good as the Three Musketeers, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a good read. Twas fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/11/2014

    " Another great adventure for the boys of France. It was a well written book with fantastic humour and dashing romances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 1/6/2014

    " This book is dense. There's so much information crammed into the space on the page that it makes it nearly impossible for long sessions of reading. It does show another side to the friendship of D'Artagnan and the trio, as their similar viewpoints lead them to take opposing sides on the field of battle, yet their loyalty to each other still overrides interest in foreign intrigues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 1/2/2014

    " The second in the Musketeers series, and just as good as the first. Now I just need to find myself a copy of Le Vicomte de Bragelonne and I'll be set. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tesia Tsai | 12/29/2013

    " SO GOOD. All the characters are as alive and amusing as in the first book--I fell in love all over again. :) The story was intense and so realistic, I loved the plot. Definitely a must-read if you've read the first book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosann | 12/12/2013

    " So enjoyable, better than The Three Musketeers. The characters are more complex, the writing is tighter with none of the dead spots of its predecessor. Sad to see it end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Rojas | 11/9/2013

    " Even better than The Three Musketeers. The plot was far more complex, the characters more realistic and believable and the action intense. 5 stars for this one, wonder if it as good in English. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 10/24/2013

    " So far it's very different from the Three Musketeers. The characters are more mature and complicated, and the drama more morally ambiguous. I like it and am looking forward to the development of the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Pfeiffer | 10/21/2013

    " Not as good as the original, but one of the few novels about the deposition and execution of Charles I you'll find. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 10/17/2013

    " I really am enjoying this book. It is a great follow up to 'The Three Musketeers.' I really enjoyed this book and it spurred me on to read a history of the French monarchy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L | 9/26/2013

    " Not quite as good as The Three Musketeers, only insomuch as there were no intelligent women in this one. Still a great plot line: believable, enjoyable and gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Cliburn | 8/12/2013

    " Definitely worth the read if you liked the first of the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KristineW | 5/9/2013

    " Takes place 20 yrs after the 3 Musketeers so they are all older but still as quick and witty and man I love them just as much in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Klein Houser | 1/27/2013

    " The Three Musketeers was an amazing, exciting adventure. Twenty Years After is more of the same ... exactly the same, and it's boring to read the same story twice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Robertson | 12/24/2012

    " A must read if you want to understand the storyline between the Three Musketeers and The Man In The Iron Mask. To properly understand the story line you should read or listen to the books in the following order The Three Musketeers - Read by Simon Vance 20 Years After - Read by Fredrick Davidson 10 years later: Which is usually divided into three books - The Vicomte de Bragelonne read by Simon Vance - Louise de La Valliere read by Simon Vance - The Man in the Iron Mask read by Simon Vance I found Vicomte de Bragelonne and Louise de La Valliere somewhat dry but the story is helped by Simon Vance doing a great reading of it. Worth the read if you're a great fan of the Muketeers, but they can be skipped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/27/2012

    " The writing is still witty, but it is far surpassed as a whole by the first of the trilogy, The Three Musketeers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Todoroff | 4/23/2012

    " Read this because I adored the three musketeers and wanted more of them. It was wonderful to be back with those characters, but I wasn't crazy about the over all plot. Regardless I was very sad when this tome finally came to a close. Can't wait to start the man in the iron mask! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zeenath | 6/28/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed the book !!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/15/2011

    " Not as good as the original, but one of the few novels about the deposition and execution of Charles I you'll find. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 4/12/2011

    " i really enjoyed this sequel to the three musketeers. the story did drag in spots and it was a little long, but it definitely kept me guessing and it was fun to continue reading about these guys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 3/21/2011

    " Not my favorite Dumas novel, but still interesting and fills in all the gaps between Three Musketeers and Man in the Iron Mask. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsa | 2/20/2011

    " A bit slow starting off, It picked up quite a bit in the second half. Not a bad read, though not quite as enjoyable as The Three Musketeers. An important part of the story, though, if you want to read all the D'Artagnan Romances. "

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

    " The continuing story of the Three Musketeers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabetta | 1/21/2011

    " I loved this like the first one, even if I can understand why some other readers did not like it. The narration is pretty like the first book, but I loved how the musketeers were "well aging", showing new features of their nauture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaianne | 1/20/2011

    " Definitely one of my favourites. The reunion of the four friends made me sit up straighter and my heart beat just a bit faster. Every chapter was a surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Omaha | 11/16/2010

    " A lot of people don't realize The Three Musketeers had sequels. This is Book 2, taking place obviously 20 years after the events in Musketeers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 10/23/2010

    " I have no idea why this book does not get the recognition it deserves. It is just as good as The Three Musketeers if not better! Dumas is an amazing author and all his books are wonderful. This book is definitely five stars! "

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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

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.