The Three Musketeers


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(4.5 stars; 435 reviews)

The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to become a musketeer. D'Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those are his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis -- inseparable friends who live by the motto, "One for all, and all for one".

The Three Musketeers was first published in serial form in the magazine Le Siècle between March and July 1844. Dumas claimed it was based on manuscripts he had discovered in the Bibliothèque Nationale. It was later proven that Dumas had based his work on the book Mémoires de Monsieur D'Artagnan, capitaine lieutenant de la première compagnie des Mousquetaires du Roi (Memoirs of Mister D'Artagnan, Lieutenant Captain of the first company of the King's Musketeers) by Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras (Cologne, 1700).

Dumas' version of the story covers the adventures of D'Artagnan and his friends from 1625 to 1628, as they are involved in intrigues involving the weak King Louis XIII of France, his powerful and cunning advisor Cardinal Richelieu, the beautiful Queen Anne of Austria, her English lover, George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, and the Siege of La Rochelle. Adding to the intrigue are the mysterious Milady de Winter, and Richelieu's right-hand man, the Comte de Rochefort. (summary from wikipedia)

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(24 hr 49 min)

Chapters

Author's Preface 5:58 Read by Kristin LeMoine
THE THREE PRESENTS OF D'ARTAGNAN THE ELDER 39:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
THE ANTECHAMBER OF M. DE TREVILLE 27:24 Read by Mark F. Smith
THE AUDIENCE 27:59 Read by Mark F. Smith
THE SHOULDER OF ATHOS, THE BALDRIC OF PORTHOS AND THE HANDKERCHIEF OF ARAMIS 17:53 Read by R. Francis Smith
THE KING'S MUSKETEERS AND THE CARDINAL'S GUARDS 22:28 Read by R. Francis Smith
HIS MAJESTY KING LOUIS XIII 40:17 Read by shanda_w
THE INTERIOR OF "THE MUSKETEERS" 22:26 Read by Kevin Kivikko
CONCERNING A COURT INTRIGUE 21:10 Read by David Barnes
D'ARTAGNAN SHOWS HIMSELF 16:42 Read by Simon Taylor
A MOUSETRAP IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 21:08 Read by Meredith Hughes
IN WHICH THE PLOT THICKENS 37:25 Read by Meredith Hughes
GEORGE VILLIERS, DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM 21:22 Read by Mark F. Smith
MONSIEUR BONACIEUX 20:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
THE MAN OF MEUNG 22:10 Read by Mark F. Smith
MEN OF THE ROBE AND MEN OF THE SWORD 15:15 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
M. SEGUIER, KEEPER OF THE SEALS, LOOKS MORE THAN ONCE FOR THE BELL IN ORDER TO … 21:02 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
BONACIEUX AT HOME 24:27 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
LOVER AND HUSBAND 15:24 Read by Gesine
PLAN OF CAMPAIGN 15:53 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
THE JOURNEY 21:56 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
THE COUNTESS DE WINTER 21:57 Read by Clarke Bell
THE BALLET OF LA MERLAISON 16:14 Read by Thomas Davoren
THE RENDEZVOUS 21:20 Read by shanda_w
THE PAVILION 20:45 Read by firefly
PORTHOS 36:33 Read by chriss the girl
ARAMIS AND HIS THESIS 33:17 Read by Anna Simon
THE WIFE OF ATHOS 48:25 Read by Mark F. Smith
THE RETURN 32:11 Read by Mark F. Smith
HUNTING FOR THE EQUIPMENTS 19:52 Read by Astreja Odinsdóttir
D'ARTAGNAN AND THE ENGLISHMAN 16:11 Read by Kevin Kivikko
ENGLISH AND FRENCH 16:14 Read by Kevin Kivikko
A PROCURATOR'S DINNER 21:17 Read by Thomas Davoren
SOUBRETTE AND MISTRESS 22:49 Read by BLRossow
IN WHICH THE EQUIPMENT OF ARAMIS AND PORTHOS IS TREATED OF 21:41 Read by BLRossow
A GASCON A MATCH FOR CUPID 19:25 Read by Urszula Pokojska
DREAM OF VENGEANCE 15:56 Read by Jim Mowatt
MILADY'S SECRET 16:01 Read by Clarke Bell
HOW, WITHOUT INCOMMODING HIMSELF, ATHOS PROCURED HIS EQUIPMENT 20:52 Read by Robin Cotter
A TERRIBLE VISION 20:38 Read by Robin Cotter
A VISION 18:35 Read by Robin Cotter
THE SEIGE OF LA ROCHELLE 29:14 Read by Mark F. Smith
THE ANJOU WINE 17:58 Read by Mark F. Smith
THE SIGN OF THE RED DOVECOT 15:58 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
THE UTILITY OF STOVEPIPES 14:59 Read by J. M. Smallheer
A CONJUGAL SCENE 12:06 Read by Rick Measham
THE BASTION SAINT-GERVAIS 13:13 Read by R. Francis Smith
THE COUNCIL OF THE MUSKETEERS 30:55 Read by R. Francis Smith
A FAMILY AFFAIR 30:09 Read by Susan Denney
FATALITY 20:59 Read by Robin Cotter
CHAT BETWEEN BROTHER AND SISTER 19:49 Read by Robin Cotter
OFFICER 25:22 Read by Tamara R. Schwartz
CAPTIVITY: THE FIRST DAY 21:01 Read by Catharine Eastman
CAPTIVITY: THE SECOND DAY 22:30 Read by Catharine Eastman
CAPTIVITY: THE THIRD DAY 19:34 Read by Kevin Kivikko
CAPTIVITY: THE FOURTH DAY 18:39 Read by Kevin Kivikko
CAPTIVITY: THE FIFTH DAY 32:21 Read by Kevin Kivikko
MEANS FOR CLASSICAL TRAGEDY 17:36 Read by JemmaBlythe
ESCAPE 16:03 Read by Kevin Kivikko
WHAT TOOK PLACE AT PORTSMOUTH 23:21 Read by Robin Cotter
IN FRANCE 13:39 Read by Robin Cotter
THE CARMELITE CONVENT AT BETHUNE 29:51 Read by Robin Cotter
TWO VARIETIES OF DEMONS 10:47 Read by Ezwa
THE DROP OF WATER 27:31 Read by Kevin Kivikko
THE MAN IN THE RED CLOAK 15:31 Read by Ezwa
TRIAL 16:20 Read by Kevin Kivikko
EXECUTION 11:32 Read by Ezwa
CONCLUSION 20:58 Read by Mark F. Smith
Epilogue 3:35 Read by Jim Mowatt

Reviews

Magnificent!

(5 stars)

I read this book in Russian at 12. And I very much enjoyed the English version. Such language delighted my ear immensely. While driving for long hours, this book colored my days and gave joy to my feelings. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone. And for this free gift of enjoyment some small inconveniences in pronunciation won't matter to those who can appreciate it. MERCI BEAUCOUP!

an adventure story with many twists

(5 stars)

i dont care what other may have stated, i think the readers did a great job! i usually avoid books where each chapter is read by a different person, but this one turned out good. a few short chapters had noise in the background or mispronounced words - but the readers are not being paid or in a contest for accuracy. overall read with good emphasis, volume, and pausing. the story is adventurous from the beginning. and just when you think they have got away from a foe - or trapped them - things change! its not a book of morals, the 1600s did have men who ran around with married women or tried to make "many conquests". gambling was an accepted past time. and drinking alcohol as your only beverage was normal. so while we may at first think of this as a kids story, the content is clearly PG13. i think adults, male and female, will love this book.

pretty good

(4 stars)

I didn't love it. It was entertaining, but after the count of monte cristo, I guess I expected more. I didn't find the plot so compelling. The camaraderie was nice, as was some of the language, and the captivity part was great. I don't think I'll soon be listening to the sequels.

quite the eye opener

(5 stars)

thank you LibriVox for the experience I had never had the chance to read The Three Musketeers and having now have a chance to listen to it I see how very very different it was from the Disney interpretation this was very well done and with so many chapters having different readers actually helped break it up

a good classic

(4 stars)

Not the best of the classics I have listened to on here (Dracula, Frankenstein, count of monte cristo, etc.) but nonetheless, very good. One reader throughout would've been preferable, but I think all of the readers did a fine job. None had an accent or cadence that I couldn't understand / follow. Well done and thank you for taking the time to record!

Go for it!

(3 stars)

For how much renown this story has, I was expecting a little more. It was a ton of fun at times, and really drags on at other times. The main characters usually performed feats of gallantry because their own poor judgement and selfishness got them into bad situations. Overall a good read, but the questionable integrity and ethics of the 'good guys' makes me never want to read it to my kids. The readers did a great job for the most part; mispronounced French words aren't really a big deal but over enthusiastic stage-actor style reading on one man's part was a little painful.

captivating!

(2.5 stars)

very good book I believe, story gets 5 stars, yet i'm only a couple chapters in and even with my truly limited knowledge, I am rather disappointed at the readers poor pronunciation of the french words and terms. maybe it wouldn't hurt to do a little studying of basic words like "monsieur" bonjour" and "mademoiselle" at th least if you're not entirely certain

found it very hard to follow,

(2 stars)

You have to really concentrate on it, especially with all those french names & places or the old words that are no longer used. stick to the films or the tv series, you might get a different story about the same guys but it a lot easier to follow. plus I found it got a bit boring in some parts, not has exciting has I hoped, judging by the film's I gave seen & the tv series, on the hole disappointed & I have been a little fascinated by the three musketeers ever since I was a kid and watched the cartoon series dogtanian & the 3 MUSKETEERS, which grabbed my imagination in the same way king Arthur & his knights of the round table did.