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The Three Musketeers Paperback – August 24, 2011
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From School Library Journal
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, PA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
A perennial favorite, this work continues to hold appeal for adventure lovers. Full of intrigue, swordplay, and revenge, it is the story of d'Artagnan, a young nobleman who travels to Paris in hopes of joining the Musketeers, a group of swashbuckling adventurers who serve King Louis XIII. His wit and fighting ability make d'Artagnan a welcome addition to their ranks, and together the four young men work to foil the King's evil rival, Cardinal Richelieu. Despite the period setting and constant violence, the story captures and sustains the listener's interest as the Musketeers vanquish the villains. Michael York reads superbly, his rich baritone voice giving each role convincing clarity. The audio format is particularly suited to the tale. The production quality is excellent. Recommended for general collections.
- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
As far as I understand, this edition retains much of the Dumasness in English and in the process is a great read! A classic like this could be butchered to death by tasteless fools and still hold onto some worth so, since the translation is clean and interesting, the material is elevated. Whatever your preference, this version certainly warrants a place in the market and quite possibly your bookshelf.
I am a homeschooling parent and I placed it on my son's reading list during his Sophomore year of high school. I'm glad that we worked with this book. It was an exciting story and kept my son engaged. It's not what I would call a difficult read, but it certainly isn't easy either. It challenged him, but didn't frustrate him. Though, it's a very large book and I broke it apart to take up an entire quarter of our school year. I purchased a wonderful, in depth study guide for the book and he had lots of terrific vocabulary, comprehension, and writing prompts that he was able to do for each chapter of this book.
It has been one of my son and my own favorite books that we have covered during our high school homeschooling and I highly recommend it. All opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. I have shared my personal experience with this product and cannot guarantee that you will have the same experience with the product that I had, nor can I promise that we will share the same opinion of the product.
I'd rather want the book to be re-titled as The Four Musketeers because d'Artagnan has made much of a contribution to the whole tale as the three men of honor: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.
If you have heard of the famous saying, "All for one, one for all," it's only uttered once during the book, so that's a relief. It has been repeated countless times outside of the book.
I cannot 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 embodies the spirit and values of 17th Century livelihood: honor, virtue, love, and respect.
When I read The Three Muskeeters, I get the feeling that these examples are a lost art nowadays. The writing by Alexandre Dumas is beautiful and fulfilling. After I have finished the book, it's easy not to wait by going straight for the next four sequels: Twenty Years After, The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask.
All in all, The Three Muskeeters is a must-read book of a swashbuckling adventure.
The plot really moves, with just a few slower spots used to flesh out the characters. The tale is chock full of adventure and intrigue. It's quite humorous in the first half but turns dark in the second half, as the story shifts to the vengeful machinations of Milady de Winter, perhaps the most chilling villain I've ever encountered. I was also intrigued by the amoral actions of d'Artagnan and his friends. The musketeers are not always the honorable heroes portrayed in movie adaptations. Dumas pictured a bygone age with different notions of chivalry and heroism than we have today.
As an English history buff, I enjoyed how Dumas turned the real-life fate of the Duke of Buckingham (favorite of Charles I) into a key plot twist in the novel.
Vance's character voices were very good. My favorites were D'artagnan, Porthos and Cardinal Richelieu - who came off quite sympathetically in this narration. I often thought the Musketeers should throw in their lot with him rather than the foppish, foolish King Louis XIII or his scheming queen.