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Grade 6 Up-With swelling musical background, the clash of swordplay, and the occasional thump of a head being cut off, the St. Charles Players bring back the feeling of radio theater in their rendition of the classic tale by Alexandre Dumas. The players' voices emit every nuance required to let listeners experience the swashbuckling deeds of the famous heroic threesome and the boy called D'Artagnan who wants to join their ranks. When the young man arrives in Paris with the wish to enlist with the King's Musketeers, he finds himself challenged to three duels in his first afternoon in the city by men who turn out to be Porthos, Aramis, and Athos-the Three Musketeers. Instead of fighting against them, the twists of fate have D'Artagnan battling for them against the evil Cardinal Richelieu's guards. After demonstrating his worth with a sword, D'Artagnan proves more of his mettle by journeying to England to foil a plot to embarrass France's Queen Anne, the former Anne of Austria. D'Artagnan saves his queen but loses the woman he loves, so he seeks vengeance and, in turn, instills himself firmly in the ranks of the Musketeers. The flavor of the original is evident even though this abridged version includes only highlights in its retelling.Joanne K. Hammond, Chambersburg Area Middle School, PACopyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to theAudio Cassetteedition.


Nothing like the original

by APE Gamer "apegamer"

I've seen several renditions of the story through the years, and finally read the original story. I've also been a long-time fan of author Steven Brust, who I have seen credit Dumas as an inspiration.I'm glad I finally took the time to read the classic. It was worth it just for the dialog - clever, witty and always funny.The story is only mediocre, however, and the wheels really seem to fly off at the end of the book, but overall a really fun story.

Second-tier romanticism

by Ash Ryan

Not as good as The Count of Monte Cristo, but Milady de Winter is one of literature's all-time greatest villainesses. Worth reading, but I would recommend Victor Hugo's novels over Dumas's as the pinnacle of French romanticism.

Thrilling If Historically False....Yet a Can't Put Down.

by Austin Somlo

Read: 7/10, 8/12Rate: 5/57/10: Among the most thrilling novels I've had the pleasure to read in my lifetime, The Three Musketeers is just impossible to resist. I rather want the book to be re-titled as The Four Musketeers because d'Artagnan has much of a contribution to the whole tale as the three famous men of honor: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. If you hear the famous saying, "All for one, one for all," it's only uttered once during the book, so that's a relief. It's been repeated countlessly elsewhere not associated with the book. You will not find a finer "cloak and sword" story than The Three Muskeeters because the qualities featured in the book are the finest examples of French Romanticism. Alexandre Dumas embodied the spirit and values of 17th Century livelihood: honor, virtue, love, and respect. When you read The Three Muskeeters, you get a great feeling that these examples are a lost art nowadays. The writing by Alexandre Dumas is beautiful and fulfilling. After you have finished the book, it's easy not to wait and go straight for the next four sequels: Twenty Years After, The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask. And then again and again. All in all, The Three Musketeers is a must read and forever cherished in the history of literature. It's just as thrilling as Bram Stoker's Dracula.8/12: Why shouldn't the title of the book be D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers? If you notice, most of the adventures were started by D'Artagnan with willing helpers in Athos, Aramis, and Porthos along with their servants including Planchet. If not for him, Athos would be a lifelong drunk, Porthos an inveterate ninny induced by vanities, and Aramis a wastrel in his lifelong devotion to theology (like it would make a difference...). When D'Artagnan initiates an adventure, it's like the three just came to life and found more useful purpose to their lives. It is also noticeable how D'Artagnan had matured from his humble beginnings through his entry into the gates of Paris to the final resolution of Lady de Winter. Speaking of her, is there a greater female villain than her? Perhaps not. In The Three Muskeeters, honor, statesmanship, loyalty, and politics have never been more pronounced. What is the definition of a classic? It is a one that moves the reader, and The Three Muskeeters is that. All in all, I've read The Three Muskeeters four times already, and I never get tired of it. By the way, I have the Oxford edition which was translated by David Coward. What I would like to see is all of his notes, comments, and whatnots be expunged by the decree of Cardinal Richelieu; all he does is to make a mockery of Alexandre Dumas' work with such comments as "never happened," "a figment of his imagination," and "wholly chimerical." Oh, shut the hell up. I love how Dumas takes a piece of history, to what was already lifeless and dull, and interjects his own imagination of the swashbuckling romance in France and England to make it to come alive.

very popular-------library

by BbP "I buy 1cent books"

NUMBER 2.A old CLASSIC......ALEXANDRE DUMAS.....aka-DUMAS DAVYDELEPAILLETERIE -7/24/1802 to 12/5/1870.Famous forhistoric novels of high adventure-translated into 100languages.Married--kids-had 40 affairs.HIs friendS said he wasgenerous--large hearted--AND the most egotisticalcreature on earth.theMUSKETEERS-young men who joined the FRENCHGUARD---ATHOS -PORTHOS-ARAMIS & D'ANTAGHAN.INSEPARABLE FRIENDS.---ONE FOR ALL and ALL FOR ONE!--.........a serialized adventure.------ONE OF THE 10 MOST POPULAR NOVELS--ever!*a great read*bette okc 64

How To Conquer Your Fear Of Big Classic Books

by Bill Slocum

It's very simple. Pick up this book, and make yourself read the first chapter. Alexandre Dumas will take it from there. Before you know it, you will be following the thin-skinned young tyro d'Artagnan and his three epee-wielding comrades through some of the zaniest, sharpest, and most flavorful episodes of adventure ever imagined.The first chapter sets up the story quite wonderfully. D'Artagnan makes his grand entrance riding a sad-looking horse which makes him all the more sensitive when he catches someone laughing at him. D'Artagnan draws his sword, but his attempts at a duel are smothered when he is set upon by stick-wielding locals. He finds himself coming to, dizzy-headed, his sword broken, an important letter of introduction missing, and the snickering stranger making off after a conference with an equally mysterious pale beauty.Who were they? Where did they go? What became of that letter?Dumas knew something about the cliffhanger. Even if none of the chapters actually end on cliffs, you want to know where this pre-paperback potboiler (published in 1844) goes next. That he could keep this sort of thing going for 67 chapters and 608 pages (in my Oxford edition) is a sign of storytelling mastery. But his two strongest points, and what maybe make him stand so far apart from the popular writers of then and now, are character and humor.The richly drawn characters include not only d'Artagnan and his three friends, the title characters Athos, Porthos, and Aramis; but a number of others, including non-fictional ones like Cardinal Richelieu and Anne of Austria who add a healthy dose of historical flavor even if they may depart in key ways from their real-life counterparts. Most vivid of all the characters is the woman known only as "Milady", who works against d'Artagnan both from understandable spite and bottomless cruelty. She's a formidable force of nature, courageous in her nastiness, able to use the steeliest of men to serve her sick ends."All is useless," rails one Musketeer about Milady. "To the poison which she pours, there is no antidote."The humor comes in right away, and never leaves. Other gifted writers use humor as a way of easing the tension. Dumas makes it part of the tension. At one point in the story, in the middle of the siege of La Rochelle, d'Artagnan and the three Musketeers leave the safety of the camp for an abandoned fort in the middle of a battlefield, so they can talk about plans they wish to keep to themselves. Athos brings his servant, Grimaud, who sets up a picnic with some wine while they talk. Naturally, the enemy sends out a force to investigate these trespassers. The Musketeers manage to fight off successive waves of attackers without interrupting their meal.A kind of blissful remove makes even the harder dramatic turns of "Three Musketeers" easier to take in relative stride. It's hard to understand the "whys" of what is going on, and sometimes particular plotlines seem to curl up snake-like around themselves. But Dumas is always diverting, even when you are left shaking your head. "The Three Musketeers" is a thoroughly entertaining, constantly moving narrative that doesn't ever take itself too seriously. I have read more moving books, but none I can recall that were as gripping.

Super Reader

by Blue Tyson "- Research Finished"

One stupid rookie farmboy with a nice sword, 3 veterans, evil religious villains and wenches, enough beer and good swords means an outstanding good time, especially with the dry wit of Dumas. Crazy swashbuckling superskilled heroes, an evil controlling supervillain, crazy henchmen, a black widow, stupidity, sarcasm, and anything else you could want. Classic adventure.

A timeless, classic story that has it all.....

by B. Morse

In 'Musketeers' Alexandre Dumas set the stage for future works as he introduced readers to the exploits and adventures of D'Artagnan and his friends Athos, Aramis, and Porthos, a.k.a. The Three Musketeers. Subsequent books follow, telling further adventures 'Twenty Years Later' and 'Ten Years After' that. But in Musketeers, readers meet the young D'Artagnan and his trio of swashbuckling companions for the first time.Trying to classify the story into one genre is an exercise in futility, as it encompasses so many. But to me, it is most of all a comedy. Many, many times I found myself chuckling while reading the foibles of French manners in the 17th century, as chronicled in the 19th century by Dumas. The Musketeers are warriors, spies, womanizers, drunkards; but above all they are gentlemen. Two men about to duel discuss a salve one offers the other to heal a prior wound; A lackey who is ordered not to speak is reprimanded for bringing news that will spare the Musketeers from harm and trying to deliver it to them; a duel is avoided as there is not sufficient time to fight it properly; and an innkeeper is maligned for not having better wines in his cellar while one of the Musketeers holes up there for days after not paying his bill.While the action is well plotted, and the storyline twists and turns are plausible and palpable, the most intriguing, captivating, and charming aspect of this story for me was its humor. In a world full of formulaic, contrived 'adventure tales' it was a treat to step back in time several hundred years and find a real adventure story. Classics survive for a reason, while other stories are relegated to the bargain bins. While Dumas was not exactly thought of as 'high quality' literature, and his intelligence has been the subject of discourse and debate, he had a clever way with words, characters, and stories. His plot here is not at all overblown, and while his characters may be larger than life, their life isn't. Even as his 'over the top' anti-heroes cross blades again and again with the Cardinal Richelieu's forces, bed women time and again, fight off attack after attack, and escape certain death more than once, the world they live in never seems like a work of fiction.In contrast to Count of Monte Cristo, this book is only 'lighter' in the manner in which the story is unfolded. While that book had a much darker theme, this story is every bit as engrossing. I am happy to have saved this book to savor in adulthood, and highly recommend reading the adventures of the Musketeers to anyone with a love for classics.

Just excellent! Recommended for any age.

by Chip Hunter "chips_books"

THE THREE MUSKETEERS ranks as one of the ten best books I've ever read. With fast-paced and nonstop action the whole way through, this nearly 800 page book flies by surprisingly quickly. A great story with some of the most memorable characters in all of literature makes for an excellent reading experience. Dumas' style of wit, humor, and drama, and his ability to bring unique individual characters to life through dialogue makes him [IMHO] one of the best writers of the past and present.This novel is a story of adventure, love, politics, and friendship. It could be considered a historical fiction, with a few real life secondary characters such as Cardinal Richelieu and Anne of Austria playing significant parts in the story and acting in ways that agree with their historical reputation. Still, the book is primarily a character-driven story. The main character, D'Artagnan, is brash and prideful, while still being utterably lovable. His friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are each so unique and well-developed that you'll feel like you know them. The antagonists are so deliciously evil as to make their triumphs painful and their defeats glorious. Each character, from King Louis XIII to the musketeer's lackeys, is central to the story.The straightforward but eloquent style in which the story is told makes it an excellent book for any age. A proliferation of French words and expressions may cause some readers to stumble at first, but they quickly become familiar and add to the flavor of the overall story. The few scenes of a sexual nature are mild PG only and shouldn't concern parents or teachers. The vibrancy and color that Dumas brings to life in this story will delight any reader that is brave enough to give it a chance. Really nothing to complain about in this one. Extremely highly recommended.

The Greatest Masterpiece of All Time

by Christopher "chrysaetos"

Please note that these reviews appear across several editions of the 3M. I read the 1976 edition, published by Hart Publishing Company, translated by William Robson, whose English is as ornate as Dumas's court dialogue.I cannot say how thrilled I am to have found this book. More than a year has passed since I read it and just today I found the book on the shelf at my library. I finally copied down the ISBN (0805502041) and every little nitpickin' specification about this book--the Los Angeles Public Library system is so bad that, in this case, this book isn't even listed under the title or author, so I was never able to put it on hold.My love of reading began with my first book. But my love of fine literature began with this book. I was actually looking for The Count of Monte Cristo when I chanced upon Musketeers. Why the heck not, said I, and I read it.This book is perfect. This version, in particular, is the 1976, and inexpensive, version of printed editions that, to this day, sell for hundreds of dollars or more!Included are more than 250 illustrations by Maurice Leloir. These are *real* illustrations. Not madly-designed "inspired" works that other editions unashamedly use. If I were a kid, and in many ways I am still one, these are the illustrations I would remember having grown up with. J. Huyot did the engravings off which the printed images are based. These two men are geniuses in their own right.I would have no other translation. William Robson translated many novels in the 1850s. I wish I knew more about him. I don't know enough French yet to re-read Dumas's work, but I am certain Robson's translation is just as pristine in its prose. Be prepared to do a little dictionary sweeping, as well. This isn't written in modern babble.This book deserves a respectful review, one written by a calm and inspired reader. Unfortunately, I am far too euphoric...the conclusion to my happiness in re-finding this book is obvious: I must purchase a nice copy.I recommend finishing the series with the Oxford Classics editions. I enjoyed each book immensely. I read the last page of The Man in the Iron Mask, and I have never cried so hard in my life for nearly anything. Dumas's tale is pure gold.

Three Rousing Cheers for the Three Musketeers and their young friend D'Artagnan who becomes the greatest of them all!

by C. M Mills "Michael Mills"

Alexandre Dumas (pere) (1802-1870) wrote this classic swashbuckling adventure story in monthly installments in 1844. The story tells the tale of the young Gascon D'Artagnan who goes to Paris where he eventually is elected to serve in the elite Musketeers who guarded King Louis XIII. The novel tells us one exciting adventure after another in a melodramic mix of love; warfare (the siege of the Protestant fortress of La Rochelle by the forces of the King and Cardinal Richelieu and spicy intrigue. The evil Lady De Winter (known as Milady) who weaves her spidery web around fatuous lovers in an attempt to gain power and wealth. She even seeks to seduce D'Artangan. She is one of the best villianesses in literature; her fate is grisly and very well deserved!We also witness the machinations of the Machiavellian Cardinal Richelieu and learn the fate of the Duke of Buckingham who is a minister of Charles I of England. Buckingham falls victim to the evil Milady.If you want depth of character and intellectual stimulation there are novelists who will better serve your needs that the immortal Dumas! If, however, you want to read the granddaddy of all swashbucklinig books then Dumas is your author. The book is better than all the movies based upon it. There are sexual situations described which make it an adult novel.I have read this classic several times enjoying it each time. Dumas' novel deserves it reputation as a great adventure yarn!

A Book With Everything You Want in a Story

by Debnance at Readerbuzz

I finally finished it. Over seven hundred pages. And I finished it.It was fantastic. Plots and schemes. Duels. Men thrown in prisons. Gambling. Sword play. Admirable women and treacherous women. Friendships among men. Loyalty. Struggles for power.My favorite read of the year. Not sure anything else could even come close.To be honest, that really surprises me. I never dreamed I would love The Three Musketeers like I do.Ever read something you'd expected to hate but found yourself loving?

Three cheers!

by Denine M. Benedetto "Ms. B's class"

This is the story of a poor, young, French man, named d'Artagnan Gascony. He leaves his home with only a sword, an old horse, and his family name. Fate steps in and he manages to meet and make angry not one, not two, but three of the kings swordsman, known as "Musketeers". They each decide to duel him, one right after the other, but only d'Artagnan knows this. When the first duel is to begin, all three Musketeers arrive, one to fight and the other two to act as seconds. Just as they begin exchanging blows the Cardinal's guard arrives and attempts to arrest the three Musketeers and d'Artagnan, forcing them to act together. The four defeat the Cardinal's guards and the adventure begins.This book is loaded with characters who are either extremely evil such as the conniving Cardinal, or the wicked Midlady de Winter, or righteously heroic like the musketeers, d'Artagnan, his faithful servant Planchet , and love Constance. There are many tense moments, sword fights, and situation which require skill and offer danger to the friends of d'Artagnan.When you consider that The Three Musketeers was written in 1846, over one hundred and fifty years ago, it is amazing that it can hold the attention of the modern reader, but that it does. Alexander Dumas allows you to see through his writing the details surrounding the situations, you are not a reader, but a by stander in d'Artagnan's exciting life. So dig in and be prepared to be transported back to France, in the 1800's, where wit, bravery, friendship and sword play will have you cheering for the Musketeers!-- Peter Brodnax

The Three Musketeers

by D. E. W. Turner "dewt"

The Three Musketeers is a true classic, written for adults but children reading at the 8th grade or above level would do well to read it also.The four friends Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and d'Artagnan ride in service to Louis XIII but serve more the queen Anne of Austria against His Eminence, the Cardinal Richelieu. D'Artagnan is supposed to be the star character of the novel but, to be honest, I have the impression that Athos, the Count de la Fere, is actually the main character as it is his pre-musketeer history that most determines the outcome. And, before the "liberation" of women, we have a strong woman character in the antagonist the Lady de Winter, whom even the Cardinal Richelieu fears.One must say that these four fire the imagination and ignite a hunger for history -- even to the point of causing some prejudice against certain historical figures whose place in the true history of France is not as maleviolent as Alexandre Dumas, pere, makes one believe.

The original thriller/cloak-and-dagger adventure

by Frikle

The Three Musketeers is probably the most famous work of Dumas. It resounds in the popular imagination, which has done a lot for it being a household name but has also stripped some important features from it in the popular imagination.The book is the first in what eventually became a trilogy. The second work is Twenty Years After and the third is published in three volumes (Ten Years After or The Vicomte de Bragellone, Louise de la Valiere and The Man in the Iron Mask, the latter also being very famous). It is in this book that we become introduced, and attached to the immortal larger-than-life d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis and their exploits, heroism, cleverness, foolishness, gallantry and rabble-raising.It would be completely stupid to relate much of the plot: Dumas is heavy on plot twists and interweavings so this forms a huge part of the enjoyment of reading The Three Musketeers. In short, it is 17th century France, ruled by Louis XIII in formality, but in reality held in the authoritarian choke of Cardinal Richeleu. D'Artagnan aspires to become a Musketeer, the King's special elite guard famous for their daring exploits of war, chivalry and honour. He befriends Porthos, Aramis and Athos and together, they become the Famous Four, producing exploits that will be talked about for decades to come. From the start of the book, they become involved in a war of swords and wits with Richeleu, the enemy of the Musketeers. It's a long book but I think that Dumas is a master plot-weaver and it has the pacing of a modern thriller with some lyrical digressions of a medieval romance. This is what makes Dumas' style of historical fiction so interesting.In terms of history, Dumas takes liberties with many facts and dates for the sake of his story and characters. If you're not a purist though, you'll find that he still does a great job of portraying the overall period, describing the court intrigues, daily life, ideology and events. In what will become a major technique for the rest of the trilogy, he takes commonly known historical events and makes his story achieve a clandestine, secret part in the events.I think the main thematic/moral purpose of Dumas was to cast his readers back to a time he saw as more extreme but more romantic and honourable as opposed to the rigid reality around him. In many times, we will find the actions of the four main characters (and others) to be in disaccord with our morality. For me, their flaws are one of their most endearing features. However, Dumas does not applaud every thing he makes the characters do, rather, he appreciates that they lived more simply, honourably and passionately. Even if reading the book for mere escapism, such escapism is necessary for every time, including our one.In suffering from what seems like hundreds of adaptations in film and popular culture, The Three Musketeers has caught an association with a childrens' book. Certainly, it is accessible and interesting to children and makes a great read. However, many such adaptations have stripped it of its dark, almost Shakesperean drama. The whole trilogy is a monumental battle between good and evil and, at least in this first installment, the lines are clear, but the applications are not. This is personified by Aramis - the Musketeer aspiring to become a priest. Overall, it is a book everyone can get something out of.Dumas' style, on the other hand, is far from "literary" in the deliberate sense. He was writing for a popular audience of his day and The Three Musketeers (and the rest of the trilogy) can be considered an early version of the thriller (with political, courtly and military dimensions). What I like about it is that despite it not being "high literature" it reads better than most modern thrillers because of the intricate plotting and exposure to a historical world so different from ours. So, become immersed in it, for 'twill do wonders!

Dumas' classic is a great swashbuckling story

by Gary Hoggatt

Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel The Three Musketeers is the most well-known swashbuckling novel in the genre, and with good reason. This well-deserved classic is a lot of fun, and the adventures of d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are very enjoyable. There are a couple of small issues I have with the story, but it's well worth reading.Dumas takes an interesting approach in that our main protagonist, d'Artagnan, is not in fact one of the titular Three Musketeers. Travelling from Gascony to Paris in 1620's France to make his fortune, the young, arrogant, brave, and - fortunately for himself - very capable d'Artagnan ends up friends with Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and caught in the web of plots surrounding Cardinal Richelieu, King Louis XIII, and the Queen, Anne of Austria. D'Artagnan and each of the Musketeers are an interesting character in their own right, with Athos serious and brooding, Porthos an amusing but deadly fop, and Aramis constantly flirting with taking up the priesthood. The friendship between the four is also very well written, and it's with good reason that "the three musketeers" is still a byword for an extremely close group of comrades.The Cardinal is the main nemesis and architect of the troubles the four friends find themselves in, but their immediate trouble largely comes from Milady de Winter. Milady perhaps the trickiest, most conniving, slippery, and vindictive character I've come across. Despite all the precautions d'Artagnan, the Musketeers, and the other allied characters take, Milady continues to find a way to cause trouble, leaving the fortunes of men, women, and nations torn asunder in her wake. She's quite the piece of work.I have two small problems with the book. First, for a swashbuckling novel, there are long stretches where there's no action. Instead the characters do a lot of boozing and schmoozing during these parts of the novel. Now, I'm all for character building and these parts are fun, but I was expecting a little more action in the most famous swashbuckling book of all time. There are even several chapters very near the end that focus entirely on Milady's dastardly schemes, and the Musketeers aren't even around. My second issue is that, since the four friends' main rival is a woman and the story is written in 1844 and takes place in the 1620's, the climactic showdown with Milady has no action, and - to keep our heroes from getting their hands dirty - a previously completely unknown character shows up right at that point with his own grudge against Milady and takes a very active roll. That seemed, frankly, like a bit of a cop out.I listened to Blackstone Audio's 2007 production of The Three Musketeers as read by Simon Vance. I'm a huge fan of Vance, and have listened to him narrate other swashbuckling works suck as Rafael Sabatini's Scaramouche and Captain Blood. Vance does another excellent job here. He delivers the drama very well, and does a fantastic job of keeping it easy to track who's speaking, which is quite a feat for the large cast in this book. There are the four heroes, their four servants, the Cardinal, Milady, lots of other courtly allies and enemies, and love interests, but as soon as Vance speaks, you know who's involved. He also depicts the action in a very stirring and heart-pumping manner. The man knows how to narrate a duel, without a doubt. This unabridged recording runs approximately 23 hours. My only quibble with the production is that I was unable, either from the packaging, Blackstone's website, or anywhere else, to determine which translation was used in the recording.I recommend The Three Muskeers for anyone looking for a classic adventure tale. It's not perfect, but there is a good reason it's such a well-regarded novel. The characters are a lot of fun, the action is exciting, and the intrigue was excellent. I just wish there was a bit more action. If you're an audio book fan, definitely check out Vance's performance.

Hilarious and interesting

by Gretchen

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is a novel set in 17th century France focusing on the young d'Artagnan and his adventures with the musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The four men have to stop bad people from doing bad things, while saving the integrity of both the Queen and France herself.This book is actually really funny. Everything is over the top and dramatic. d'Artagnan and the musketeers will rush into any fight, and they all have various love trysts, though none quite so many as d'Artagnan. The main character falls in love with quite a few women and fights with a lot of men. The plot is kind of confusing, and I had trouble seeing the point behind many parts, but the characters are amusing and the action is pretty good. The book is very enjoyable.My absolute favorite part in this book is when d'Artagnan meets the title characters. He gets on each of their bad sides and ends up dueling all three of them, each fight an hour apart. Eventually, they realize that they actually quite like each other, and they become best friends. What a fantastic way for characters to meet. The men in this book agree to duels a lot, and most of the times it's for no reason at all, and it's pretty entertaining.Another great part is when d'Artagnan meets Madame Bonacieux and immediately falls in love, and tells her so the same day. At first, I was like dude she's married, but then I realized that literally every person in this book is having an affair, so I suppose that's the norm. But then she's taken prisoner, and d'Artagnan pretty much forgets about her. He starts sleeping with "Milady" and her maid at the same time. He quickly forgets about the maid too, but he wants revenge on Milady for a lot of bad things she did, which he gets in the end.A lot of things happen in this book. Pretty much every chapter introduces a new plot, and after a while, I forgot things that happened earlier in the book.This novel is pretty much a coming-of-age story. After a while, d'Artagnan becomes more brave and less reckless, and he gets a promotion, and everyone gets along with the cardinal. The queen's lover dies, which I thought was what they were trying most to avoid, but I guess it didn't matter. Madame Bonacieux died, but d'Artagnon got his revenge for her death. So everything is resolved in the end in a way, and the characters all got their happy endings. I enjoyed the book, and Dumas's writing was pretty easily comprehended.

A fabulous, action-packed jaunt through French history

by Jill-Elizabeth (Jill Franclemont) "All Things...

Most people are familiar with the story ofThe Three Musketeers (Oxford World's Classics)- "all for one, one for all" is a pretty common catchphrase/concept and actually does come from the book - andThe Man in the Iron Mask (Oxford World's Classics); both have been made into numerous movies over the years. What most people are not aware of is that there are three other novels in the series, falling between them (Twenty Years After (Oxford World's Classics),The Vicomte de Bragelonne (Oxford World's Classics), andLouise de la Vallière (Oxford World's Classics)]. And it is extraordinarily good fortune for readers that there are, as Dumas' writing is exceptionally vivid, intense, dramatic (without being over-the-top) and action-packed. Throw out almost everything you think you know about these stories if your only experience with them is via the movies - even the better versions cannot hold a candle to the books. They are full of intrigue, suspense, and treachery; of politics, passion, and incomparable prose - they will take you on a high-speed ride through French history that I guarantee will entertain as well as educate. I am a fan of the Oxford World's Classics translations - I find them eminently readable and enjoyable, and it doesn't hurt that they look nice in a row on the shelf... ;)

Great Classic

by Joseph Guillaume

Yes this classic lived up to its expectations. I did over look how fast the hero D'Artagnan developed from a country pumbkin to French hero. The most notable character was the female villain known as M'Lady. The author did an excellent job to develop her character. I grew a genuine dislike for her. The intrigue was steady and the suspense wasn't revealed until the very last pages. I am embarrassed to say I didn't recognize D'Artagnan name until after a few dozen pages. I was thinking D-Art-a-Gan. You have to stretch a little to remember our hero is meant to be a swashbuckler. He is as ready to fight as any hero you'll ever find.

The Three Musketeers

by Kelly Kovalsky

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. Published by MobileReference (mobi)The story is entertaining, full of action, and humorous. But it's the characters that make it such an enjoyable, memorable read: d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, Cardinal Richelieu.

rousing action-adventure that drags at the end

by Kelsey May Dangelo

A rousing action-adventure-comedy-romance about the famous Athos, Porthos, and Aramis and their new friend D'Artangnan, the young hot-head, all whom get embroiled in courtly intrigues with the Cardinal, the Queen, the King, the Duke of Buckingham, and the villainous and evil Milady. Starts of humorous, mysterious, and exciting with strong characters, but the second half of the novel drags horribly. Grade: C

A must read book.

by Leyla Atke "Charm: An Amazing Story of a Litt...

If you watched the film of the Three Musketeers and think that it is not necessary to read the book, then you are sadly mistaken! Reading the book much more interesting than watching a movie.


by Lisa McKinley "lisa_in_so_cal"

Because I spend a lot of time in my vehicle with my kids, I have begun seeking out these audio adaptations of classic novels put out by Monterey Soundworks...I currently had the pleasure of listening to The Three Musketeers and was very impressed. Usually an adaptation of this great story only covers the first adventure, which is only the "tip of the iceburg". These audio tapes are of excellent quality and do a fine job of bringing the complete story to life! Milady is one of the greatest villainess' in all literature and this adaptation has finally done her character justice! This was much better than any movie I've seen. I consider myself a "musketeer afficionado" as I have read the complete series...Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan are very close friends of mine! If you love this story, you will also love "20 Years Later"! Read them all the way through "The Man in the Iron Mask"!If you are already a fan, get these audio tapes...you won't be disappointed! They are also a good vehicle to introduce someone who may be intimidated by the heft of the book to familiarize themselves with the story and develop an attachment to the characters, which is very easy to do with these characters!

Not your teacher's "classic"

by Man of La Book

This is the story of D'Artagnan, heir to a poor but noble family from Gascony who is trying to achieve his dream of becoming a Musketeer of the Guard. On the way to Paris, D'Artagnan fights a mysterious stranger, loses his money and introduction letter to his father's friend Monsieur De Treville, Captain of the Company of Musketeers.In Paris D'Artagnan goes to meet Treville and manages to schedule three consecutive duels with Aramis, Athos and Porthos - the three musketeers. The rest of the story follows our young friend while he duels, falls in love, manages to save the Queen of France and spoil Cardinal Richelieu's plans (In a true fashion of fiction rewriting history - the Cardinal got a bad rap from the popularity of the story - much of it undeserved) all while achieving his dream.This is an ageless story which was serialized for a newspaper, hence the page turning adventure and fast paced. After reading this book in elementary school (on my own) I had the urge to read it again, this time with the eyes of an adult. The book did not disappoint, and I further understood why it is a classic. Dumas is a master of invention, if he'd live today he'd be making shows like "24", but he's not ... and he didn't. Instead he gave us a timeless, serial classic peppered with a good deal of humor, romance and even some swordplay.If you've seen the movies, do yourself a favor and read the book, if you haven't then you have an advantage.

A Thoroughly Rousing Good Time!

by M. Galindo

What a fabulous, rousing, swashbuckling adventure! I had seen movies or bits of movies before and had always been a little confused with what I was seeing. I wanted to read the book simply because it is a classic, but I was intimidated because I felt it would be boring and that I would get bogged down. Nothing be further from the truth!At the start, Dumas makes comparisons to "Don Quixote" and the whole novel has the same feel of adventure that great novel has. The exploits of Aramis, Athos, Porthos, and D'Artagnan are engrossing and compelling. There are times when these characters made me laugh and times when they frustrated me, but they always kept me entertained. I did not want this book to end!Although the book is long, it truly does not seem that way at all. Dumas brings these characters to life so well, the reader will not think they were merely fictional. A thoroughly delightful, delicious novel to totally lost in!

150 Years Later and Still Just As Popular

by Michael Wischmeyer

Long lines wait impatiently outside book shops for the latest issue of the magazine Le Siecle. On the streets and in cafes Parisians talked excitedly about each new installment of the thrilling adventure story, The Three Musketeers. (Like many novels written in the mid-1800s, Dumas' novel was serialized in a magazine before being published as a book.)The public quickly recognized that a new literary genre had appeared - a fast paced, action story based upon a historical event. Previous historical fiction now seemed slow, wordy, and even archaic.What is even more surprising is that 150 years later The Three Musketeers remains widely popular, both in print and on screen. Exciting duels, close escapes, political intrigues, and chivalrous romance still capture the imagination of today's readers.Today's public undoubtedly remembers more about French history - at least history according to Alexandre Dumas - from The Three Musketeers, and its sequels, than from high school and university classes. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - and their friend D'Artagnan, the irrepressible, courageous, handsome young Gascon who aspires to become a Musketeer himself - are modern icons. Similarly, Dumas' portrayal of King Louis XIII, Queen Anne of Austria, and Cardinal Richelieu are decidedly more interesting than the dry, factual historical characters found in textbooks.And it impossible to forget the enchanting, notorious, and dangerous Milady de Winter, one of the more dramatic and memorable character created by any author. I am somewhat disappointed that Milady is fictional.Choices: There are several good translations of Three Musketeers, including paperbacks like the Bantam Classic and Signet Classic editions. The slightly more expensive Oxford World's Classics edition is also quite good, and it offers an extended introduction and other supplementary material. Trident Press offers an attractive, deluxe gift edition profusely illustrated with the original ink drawings by Maurice Leloir. This version is a reprint of an edition first published by Thomas Y. Crowell and Company in Boston in 1879.Advice: I strongly caution you to avoid the abridged editions. The Three Musketeers is indeed a lengthy novel, but it is one that warrants reading in its entirety, especially if you might someday read one of its sequels, like Twenty Years After or The Man in the Iron Mask.

Swashbuckling Good Fun!!

by Misfit

What fun! This books just jumps right out and keeps moving along (except for a couple of slow spots -- but needed to develop the character's past, etc.) The cameraderie between the Musketeers is awesome and they are incredibly wonderful scamps.D'artagnon was adorable, as were Athos, Aramis and Porthos. The evil Milady was truly EVIL and WICKED. The dialogue was awesome, it just crackled right along. I think we all know the basic story and how it ended, but reading the book was much more enjoyable than the movie, as they always are. It did bring back many memories of that wonderful version from the 70's, with Michael York and Raquel Welch. I will have to revisit that, and am looking forward to reading the sequels,Twenty Years After (Oxford World's Classics),The Vicomte de Bragelonne (Oxford World's Classics),Louise de la Vallière (Oxford World's Classics)andThe Man in the Iron Mask (Oxford World's Classics). Dumas is truly a brilliant author.


by Mr Sanjay Perera

Nothing quite like it. One of the greatest tales of intrigue and romance. Terrific pacing, character study and dialogue. More action packed than "Monte Cristo". A must read.

another good one from Dumas

by N "Beau"

My first book by Dumas was The Count of Monte Cristo. Loved it so thought I'd try another. Hard to beat the suspense and plot of Cristo and The Three Musketeers just can't quite do it (hence the four stars).If you've seen Hollywood renditions of the story, I'm sure they fail to do it justice as in the case of Monte Cristo. These plots, while very intricate and full of twists, still lack some of the necessary Hollywood qualities (like the guy getting the girl).This is definitely a long book and there are even a few times where it can get boring as the author seems to get off track. Also, a little bit of history is necessary to understand some plot elements and the author does not give you the historical backgroundHighly recommended for a light, fun read.

Prelude to the Saga

by Paul B. Dunlap

It's difficult to write a review for this book having read the rest of the Musketeer Saga, not because I need to be careful about divulging information, but because the characters are so different from what they become. This book is set before Porthos becomes rich, before D'artagnan becomes disgruntled, and before Athos becomes sober. Having said that, I'll give it a shot.The book starts out with D'artagnan, a young and talented swordsman from a small Gascon village, setting out alone to seek his fortune in Paris. At this point, D'artagnan is young and brave, and very thirsty to prove himself. This sometimes drives him to feats of imprudent and irresponsible bravery, to the effect that I couldn't help chuckling at his antics and cheering him on. He soon falls in with Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and though his first encounters with them are not exactly friendly, they eventually become an inseparable foursome. The beginning of the book is rather lighthearted as D'artagnan and the reader get acquainted with the life of a Parisian guard and there are many fun duels with the Cardinal's Guard.At some point, the story takes on a more serious tone as D'artagnan and his friends are drawn into intrigue while the scheming Cardinal Richelieu attempts to expose the queen (interestingly, the only character besides the four who is present for the entire saga) as an adulteress and further her own position. The adventures take D'artagnan from Paris to England to the siege of Rochelle, all in an attempt to stay ahead of the Cardinal and protect the queen's honor.In addition to the musketeers tangling with Richelieu, there is also intrigue in their personal lives, which really makes up the main plot. Though I don't want to divulge too much, it revolves around the secret of Athos' true identity (all three actually have taken pseudonyms, leaving their true identities a mystery. Athos, however, is the only one central to the plot.) Apparently, he has some horrible secret in his past, which D'artagnan attempts to draw out of him with limited success. The personal intrigue story line ends with terrible tragedy, but as this makes a good backdrop for the ensuing four novels, I forgive Dumas for writing it that way.In any case, D'artagnan is made a musketeer halfway through the story for his good performance in the palace Guard. The story ends as he finally thwarts Cardinal Richelieu's plots brilliantly. The Cardinal is so impressed that he forgives the young man and grants him the position of Lietenant of Musketeers (the same position we find an older and disgruntled D'artagnan occupying in Twenty Years After). Thus, the story has a bittersweet ending, and the the four friends part ways, not to meet again for twenty years.All in all, this is an excellent book, though it is incredibly different from the ensuing volumes. The characters are different, the time period is different, Cardinal Richelieu is a very different character (and Dumas believes more noble one) from his successor, the Italian Cardinal Mazarin. This is also before Dumas takes us deep into his political philosophy on the glory of monarchy, and the story has a ligher feel than those following it.

Review From One Book At A Time

by P. Eberhardt "One Book At A Time"

I've only seen the Disney version (the one with Kiefer Sutherland) of this book, so thought I might enjoy it for my classics challenge. Boy, was I surprised. It was not an easy read. It's large and cumbersome. I didn't have to force my way though it, just had to take my time. I was most shocked by the differences. I was under the impression that D'Artagnan was a follower and more of the type to get into trouble. He's actually more of the leader in this book. The musketeers aren't as valiant and courageous as I thought. More along the lines of men who like their women and their wine, and prefer to haggle their way to getting them for free. There wasn't as much suspense, intrigue, coercion, and backstabbing as I anticipated. I was glad when I finished it, but happy I read it

What started as a chore, became quite enjoyable

by Ravenskya "Princess of Horror"

I have put off reading this book for years... mainly because of its size, and the fact that it was written in French, and I just didn't want to put that much work into anything. I finally convinced myself that I really needed to read this because I enjoy the movies so much.In the beginning... I was worried. The language was easy enough to follow (concern number 1 gone) but the writing style seemed a bit loose and haphazard. Rather than my mind being boggled, I found myself getting irritated by the wandering I felt that the book was doing. For the first quarter of the book I had started to question my choice of reading this. At first D'Artagnan irritated me because he seemed so stupid, and ready to fight anyone and everyone over anything, then our introduction to the three musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos were also ready to "cross swords" with anyone at even the most minor offence. The first several sword fights were rather sparse as far as description and excitement so it didn't "thrill" me the way I had hoped.Enter the Cardinal, he was interesting... devious and maniacal... I thought to myself that the book could be picking up. But sadly the first half of the book really was nothing but D'Artagnan pining over women, and the Musketeers drinking, eating or spending money on more equipment. I was a bit weirded out by their lackeys... each of them had a servant who was all but a slave. These servants were only mentioned when they were being scolded, or offered up to do their master's bidding.The story began to get interesting with the introduction of Milady, one of the most intelligent and evil villainesses I have encountered in a book. Vile of nature and black of heart she is a truly evil being that really spices up the book. Once she was brought into the picture, the tedious story opened up into an interesting tale of intrigue, a battle of wits between her, the cardinal and the musketeers.There is a fair amount of history in this book, however much of it has been altered with creative license so I wouldn't take the events as gospel. I guess I can see why this is a classic, however I would have to say I preferred "The Count of Monte Cristo" to this. Had the first half been more entertaining I would have really loved this book. I'm just glad I kept reading so that I could get to the interesting part.

Not Quite What I'd Expected

by Stuart W. Mirsky "swm"

Although I'm a lover of historical fiction, especially the 19th century historical romances (read "historical adventures"), I'd never read this one. So I figured I had to finally attempt such a classic of the genre. Well, it was enjoyable but not really first class, I'm sorry to say. Not up there with IVANHOE or THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (which, itself, is somewhat flawed) or H. Rider Haggard's ERIC BRIGHTEYES, to name a few. Dumas' famous classic is a tale of a young country bumpkin of the lower Gascon nobility come to the big city (Paris) to make his fortune (by joining the king's elite guard, known as the Musketeers). He quickly stumbles into trouble, even before reaching Paris, and never manages to get clear of it again as one thing leads to another. He hooks up early on with three Musketeers of the guard whom he inadvertently offends and then, rather than dueling each to the death as they demand and he agrees to, he ends up, purely by circumstance (and his naive loyalty to the king), on their side. This all leads to further intrigue and mayhem including a somewhat episodic adventure taking D'Artagnan (our hero) to England on the Queen's urgent business, to foil the Cardinal who is the king's highest and most relied-on minister, and the Queen's enemy at the same time. And the king's sporting competitor in matters of state and the military to boot! There is a sub-plot as well with a scheming and avaricious lady who works for the Cardinal and who has her own fish to fry, and lots of kidnappings and sword fights in the mix. But the characters never really come to life. D'Artagnan and his three friends in the Musketeers are cleverly written and bigger than life but hardly full-blooded or anything but one-dimensional. And D'Artagnan, himself, seems oddly simple and yet, inevitably is described as the cleverest of the four companions who are all a good deal older and more experienced than he is. More strange is D'Artagnan's skill with the sword. From the first he is described as being awkward and somewhat untutored, even in weaponry. Yet, from his initial crossing of swords, he inevitably bests all comers, no matter how much more experienced or skilled they are described as being. In fact, he seems to be the equal of, or superior to, his three Musketeer companions, surpassing them in this skill as he surpasses them in intelligence and cleverness. And yet he is an utter dolt in his dealings with women, a veritable mooning adolescent in the face of the the women he falls for. Nor do the women get treated particularly well by the writer, for their part. I suppose it was the convention of the times but they are all either beautiful and helpless (downright simple, actually) or they are beautiful and deadly. But never do they seem particularly real, from the Queen to Milady to D'Artagnan's objet d'amour, to the lovely servant girl who hankers after D'Artagnan, nearly as moon-eyed as he is about his fancied mistresses. All very strange indeed. I suppose the book broke ground in its time and it is somewhat fun to read, especially after the first third which takes rather a long time to set up all the plot dynamics. But I must say I was frustrated no end by the mindless meanderings and utterly frivolous actions of the four companions as they proceed through their adventures. I mean why would trained soldiers gamble away perfectly good, indeed outstanding, English mounts which they had been gifted, knowing how dear these were and how necessary to men like them? My favorite part of the tale, however, was the four friends' picnic under the Huguenot guns so perhaps this was just in character for them. But what characters!SWMauthor of The King of Vinland's Saga

My absolute favorite book!

by Tobin Staley

I am a 26 year old guy who loves a good adventure story. This is the begining of the BEST adventure series I've come across. The charaters are witty, brave, and idealistic. D'Artagnan is just starting out in this worldand has just come to Paris from his home in Gascony. He hopes to join the Kings personal guards the the famous Musketeers. There he meets Porthos, the simple, vain, but loyal Giant. He meets Aramis, the Musketeer with ambitions of becoming a priest. And he meets Athos, the great noble who drinks to forget his past. This is the first story of these great men. It is followed by it's sequels Twenty Years After, and Vicomte De Bragelone (which is acutally three volumes, the first being the name of the story, the second is Luise de la Valiere, the last being the Man in the Iron Mask).

What a tale

by Veritas

Great book! I had read The Count of Monte Cristo and The Man in the Iron Mask many years ago as a teen, but never had read this Dumas tale until now. It has very little resemblance to popular Disney movie. It has humor, adventure, mystery, romance, and a great plot to boot.

More nuanced than I expected

by zorba

Thanks primarily to Hollywood, I always thought "The Three Musketeers" was simply an action story with a lot of swordplay and lusty carrying-on. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had an intriguing plot, that it actually had some basis in history, and that the characters were mostly well crafted, especially that of Milady. I must say that, for me, French Romanticism is an acquired taste and I was turned off by the exagerations that Romantic works put forth. The plot was very intricate and, although it depended on so much coincidence as required by its genre, it all worked well. The test of a book for me is: did I become engrossed in it. The answer for the Three Musketeers is yes, at least most of the time. A worthy read.

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