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The Three Musketeers

Written by: Alexandre Dumas
Narrated by: Bill Homewood
Series: D'Artagnan, Book 1
Length: 26 hrs and 7 mins
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Romance, treachery, courage...The Three Musketeers has it all! In one of the greatest adventure stories ever written, the dashing young swordsman D'Artagnan and his daredevil companions Athos, Aramis, and Porthos, become embroiled in duels, love-tangles, and sinister intrigues which threaten the future of King, Queen, and France herself.

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  • 2015-10-17

Take the Long Road Home...the Best Audible

Would you listen to The Three Musketeers again? Why?

Not only a re listen but the stimulus to a listen to all of Dumas with the COUNT having the slight edge. This is captivating, humorous, luminous, intriguing. This is 21st century writing in the guise of the 17thC court. These are heroes, villains and a wonderful stew of retribution in every shade. This is not a kid's book, this is not your GrandMa's Dumas, this is not stodge. This is joy, laugh out loud and yelling from the top row: 'Get the villain...watch out'.

What other book might you compare The Three Musketeers to and why?

The Count of Monte Cristo has a sharper edge and plot line with a single protagonist and a singular path to revenge BUT the Musketeers are droll, driven by honor and seduction and never failing in their devotion.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is a wonderful, conflicted attempt of D'Artagnon to save the reputation of Anne of Austria; Queen of France and lover of the Duke of Buckingham. Beware of starting this section at midnight as your partner will see the light burn for the next hours

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughter, guffaws, belly cries and the reduction of any desire to ever 'get even'

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  • Benjamin J. Hackett
  • 2016-05-18

classic and well narrated

classic literature a must listen. narrator has great accent that brings the book alive. will order more from this author and narrator

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  • jon mcconnell
  • 2015-01-09

Great book.

There is a part towards the end where it gets REALLY slow and I know there was some interesting bits but for about an hour or maybe two it kinda drags when it could of been better. But I loved the story it was my first time through it.

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  • dot11
  • 2018-06-10

Bill Homework amazing narrator!

This is an amazing book but even more so because of the narration by Bill Homewood. He adds an element that enhances my imagination. I love to read but I specifically sought out work narrated by Bill Homewood after listening to his superb performance in The Count of Monte Cristo. He bring the characters to life and evokes such emotion, he never sounds robotic like some monotone narrators. This one is a must! Enjoy!!

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  • Natalie Bezuhov
  • 2015-07-04

Dumas never disappoints!

Fabulous characters. Wonderful adventure. Classic Dumas. Compelling story with a performance that manages to give voice to each character in his or her own accent/dialect thus making the story come to life. Absolutely recommend for males and females of all ages. The Three Muskateers hasn't lost its flavor through the course of time. It's appeal is universal. I thoroughly enjoyed this Audible book.

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  • S. Brockway
  • 2020-06-07

Great on so many levels!

Bill Homewood reading any of Dumas' stories has been a pleasure to listen any time, and I'm on my third listen through this, alternated by Mr. Homewood's superb narration of the Count of Monte Cristo.

Each time I appreciate more and more his way of taking the listener back into the centuries these stories were based on, combining the way Dumas' contemporary readers might have read through his humor, or social and political ideas, many of which would be totally alien to our own times in general.

It's wonderful. I do wish to listen with Bill Homewood to all 5 of the series someday, but it's more than satisfactory for now to hear his interpretation of the characters in their relative youths in this first story.

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  • chris
  • 2017-04-05

Highly recommend

Excellent narrator, he does voices and everything! This is a good unabridged translation as well.




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  • Ashton
  • 2016-06-16

master piece

great read, books by Alexander Dumas are like artwork.
great narrator
amazing story
one of the best of Alexander Dumas narratives

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  • adele1970
  • 2015-07-07

One of the true classics!

Will take the reader /listeners well beyond the pop culture/movie view of the 3 musketeers, their characters and the time they lived in through the authors view approx 200 years after this fictionalized account of royal intrigues were to have taken place (1600s). Neither the main characters, nor time period were what id thought they would be.

Mixture of fact and fiction make for an interesting tale that kept my attention throughout.

At around 25 hr listening time, it does take a while to finish - but definitely worth it.

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  • Michael Heath
  • 2020-03-25

Les Trois Mousquetaires...A Justly Enduring Classic

I grew up repeatedly reading a thick and dog-eared paperback edition of this book, appearing after the rather unfaithful Disney film with Kiefer Sutherland, et al, who were on the cover.
The fact is, this book has too many exciting episodes within it to be faithfully retold, other than in a miniseries- certainly not in a single film, which could only feature, in two hours, the book from its opening to the conclusion of the 'Affair of the Diamond Studs', to name only one such, and with much editing.
So, to fully understand the widespread and enduring affection for this epic historical romance, it must be read, or, since we are on Audible, listened to.
As I said, I read this book so often as a young adult that the words are still imprinted in my memory, and as this edition is a different translation, in listening to this one, I often found myself jarred by the word choices made by this edition's translator, where they differ from the edition I know so well, which is in many places.
I suppose this is purely personal to me and my experience, and is not a complaint so much as a comment (or, merely, in truth, an anecdote).
To the performance of Bill Homewood as narrator I gave four out of five stars, for these reasons- while he most eloquently and dramatically entones the narration and the voices of the male characters (and fortunately, male characters dominate throughout), and in particular, that of the noble Athos, his treatment of the female voices is, frankly, godawful to the point of distraction- one gets annoyed by it immediately and almost feels a sense of dread when a female character is about to speak.
This is because Mr. Homewood uses a screechy FALSETTO for the women's' voices throughout. This isn't necessary- as I have heard in many other Audible purchases, a male narrator can speak a woman's voice in a sort of high whisper and still do the female characters convincing and dramatic justice throughout, as does Simon Vance in his narration of another Alexandre Dumas classic, "The Count of Monte Cristo", which is heavily populated with female characters. Mr.Homewood and Mr. Vance have very similar voices and narrative styles, too. Another book, "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova, is mostly narrated by a man whose name escapes me just now, and he does justice to the male character's female counterpart in a way that makes one completely forget that a man is speaking her voice.
And while, as I said, the female characters in "The Three Musketeers" are not numerous, they are all, from Madame Bonacieux to Milady de Winter/ la Comtesse de la Fére/ Charlotte Backson/ Anne de Breuil to the Queen of France