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The Man in the Iron Mask

Gelesen von Mark F. Smith

(4,616 Sterne; 425 Bewertungen)

In this, the last of the Three Musketeers novels, Dumas builds on the true story of a mysterious prisoner held incognito in the French penal system, forced to wear a mask when seen by any but his jailer or his valet. If you have skipped the novels between The Three Musketeers and this, a few notes will bring you into the story:
On one side – Aramis, now a bishop and secretly the Captain-General of the Jesuit Order, who believes he has found a path to a higher honor – the papacy. Monsieur Fouquet, the vastly rich minister of finance, Aramis’ ally. Philippe, the identical twin of King Louis XIV, who grew up in ignorance of his pedigree, and whose surrogate parents were murdered on the king’s order and himself sent into the notorious Paris prison, the Bastille, there held in solitary confinement.
On the other side – King Louis XIV, selected as the twin who would be king by his mother, and who intends that his brother will never challenge him. Monsieur Colbert, first minister, who is jealous of Fouquet and plots his downfall.
Unaligned and in danger of collateral damage – d’Artagnan, now captain of the King’s Musketeers and so the king’s chief defender, who suspects plots running beneath the surface and who is trying to unearth them. Athos, now the Comte (Count) de la Fer and one of the most respected noblemen of France. Raoul, Athos’ son and vicomte (viscount), desperately in love with Mademoiselle de la Valliere, who the king has taken as his mistress. Porthos, grown extremely stout and happy as the Baron du Vallon.
Aramis discovers the hidden Philippe and hatches a plot to substitute him for the sitting king, putting Louis in Philippe’s cell in the Bastille. This even succeeds… for a short while. But Aramis has not reckoned with a man whose loyalty to the throne exceeds his own welfare and who disastrously reverses the plot. Now it is time for the plotters to scurry to cover, there to figure some way to recover their lost ambitions. (Summary written by Mark Smith.) (21 hr 1 min)

Chapters

00 - Introduction

17:48

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01a – The Prisoner (Part 1)

33:54

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01b – The Prisoner (Part 2)

33:57

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02 – How Mouston Had Become Fatter

19:33

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03 – Who Messire Percerin Was

15:51

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04 – The Patterns

24:22

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05 – Where, Probably, Moliere Obtained His First Idea of the Bourgeois Gentilho…

15:08

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06 – The Bee-Hive, the Bees, and the Honey

22:27

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07 – Another Supper at the Bastille

17:51

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08 – The General of the Order

21:12

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09 – The Tempter

22:12

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10 – Crown and Tiara

19:45

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11 – The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

13:17

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12 – The Wine of Melun

13:29

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13 – Nectar & Ambrosia

11:17

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14 – A Gascon, and a Gascon and a Half

30:41

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15 – Colbert

15:37

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16 – Jealousy

16:14

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17 – High Treason

23:17

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18 – A Night at the Bastille

17:26

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19 – The Shadow of Monsieur Fouquet

41:12

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20 – The Morning

21:05

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21 – The King’s Friend

41:22

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22 – Showing How the Countersign Was Respected at the Bastille

18:55

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23 – The King’s Gratitude

20:42

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24 – The False King

24:58

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25 – In Which Porthos Thinks He Is Pursuing a Duchy

13:05

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26 – The Last Adieux

13:08

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27 – Monsieur de Beaufort

20:45

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28 – Preparations for Departure

21:05

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29 – Planchet’s Inventory

13:19

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30 – The Inventory of Monsieur de Beaufort

15:17

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31 – The Silver Dish

18:27

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32 – Captives and Jailers

23:21

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33 – Promises

28:58

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34 – Among Women

20:59

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35 – The Last Supper

17:20

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36 – In Monsieur Colbert’s Carriage

18:59

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37 – The Two Lighters

17:52

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38 – Friendly Advice

14:14

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39 – How the King, Louis XIV, Played His Little Part

20:13

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40 – The White Horse and the Black

18:57

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41 – In Which the Squirrel Falls, the Adder Flies

24:40

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42 – Belle Isle-en-Mer

23:59

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43 – Explanations by Aramis

26:54

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44 – Result of the Ideas of the King & the Ideas of D’Artagnan

6:39

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45 – The Ancestors of Porthos

10:18

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46 – The Son of Biscarrat

14:28

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47 – The Grotto of Locmaria

15:28

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48 – The Grotto

20:12

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49 – An Homeric Song

12:46

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50 – The Death of a Titan

16:09

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51 – Porthos’ Epitaph

17:05

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52 – Monsieur de Gesvre’s Round

14:02

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53 – Louis XIV

20:20

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54 – Monsieur Fouquet’s Friends

16:48

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55 – Porthos’ Will

14:46

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56 – The Old Age of Athos

13:58

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57 – Athos’ Vision

15:59

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58 – The Angel of Death

13:16

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59 – The Bulletin

15:41

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60 – The Last Canto of the Poem

15:31

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61a – Epilogue (Part 1)

31:30

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61b – Epilogue (Part 2)

31:42

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Bewertungen

(4 Sterne)

Mark Smith is a great narrator. However, the man in the iron mask, to me, is a pretty horrible story. I didn’t like it very much.

Well read

(5 Sterne)

The reader did great. I was so disappointed with the ending though. A lot of things left unfinished by the writer in my opinion.

Why the Title

(3 Sterne)

The story was okay, but I think the title is misleading.

Saddened by this last book in the series. Well read by Mark Smi

(5 Sterne)

(3 Sterne)

quite good but I'm disappointed that the brother was never mentioned again.

I found myself Incredibly dissatisfied by the ending.

(2,5 Sterne)

The Man in the Iron Mask

(5 Sterne)

what such an interesting book. I expected this to be similar to the Hollywood version, and was intrigued by all the subplots and twists. The story was made far more enjoyable by the readers' animations of the characters. I was also It was even more enjoyable in the fact that there was only one reader for the entire book,so I did not have to struggle through many accents and different characterisations characterizations. This reader is by far my favorite, with an excellent enuncitation, and meter. A truly enjoyable book and a superb reader. Thank you.

great narrator, unexpected story

(3,5 Sterne)

narrator did a great job, I was able to follow along. I haven't read any of the other musketeer books. I was expecting this one to focus on the man in the iron mask, but only the first like 1/3 of the book are spent on that story. The rest of the book wraps up the lives of the musketeers if you have been following along in their life's journey.