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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I think everyone must know the story of D'Artagnan, how he wants to join the King's Musketeers, and makes friends with Athos, Porthos and Aramis who are already musketeers. Fighting against the intrigues of the cardinal, Richelieu, they also come up against Milady, as they carry out a secret mission for the Queen.

Over the years this has appeared in many editions, and many media formats, and I expect that like myself most people read it when they were still quite young. But this is a tale that is always worth reading for any age. It has romance, intrigue and loads of adventure, and is most definitely fast paced. So if you have never read this before, or are thinking about re-reading it again, then download this copy to your kindle and escape to a different world.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2011
Having read The Three Musketeers several times over the years, I wished to read the 'e' version by way of a test. It has been my first Kindle-book.

I have been very disappointed to find so very many errors of spelling, and translation. it's as though someone has very rapidly transposed the novel from page to computer, with no proof-reading afterwards. A great shame to spoil so wonderful a book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 23 July 2015
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Everybody knows the story of The Three Musketeers and their friend D'Artagnan, right? Well, if you're like me and you were basing your knowledge upon the various screen adaptations of the story, then you may be amazed by how much of the story - and the characters - that you don't know. D'Artagnan, a young man from the Gascony area of France, who goes to Paris with the aim of joining the King's Musketeers. After a few initial misunderstandings, he becomes firm friends with the melancholy Athos, the rambunctious Porthos, and the foppish Aramis. The book follows their adventures as they become embroiled in trying to stop the evil machinations of Cardinal Richelieu, who is determined to bring down Queen Anne, wife of King Louis XIII.

The book was a delightful and action packed adventure, full of humour, fighting and romance. I was surprised that there were chunks of the storyline that didn't actually feature D'Artagnan or the musketeers, and also by the fact that, unlike the screen adaptations, the four servants of the main characters featured almost as heavily as the main characters themselves, and were very instrumental in the musketeers' plans and actions.

The plot moves on very quickly, and there are LOTS of twists and surprises, but despite this, Dumas still found time to establish each main character's personality. It's fair to say that at times they act in a less than gentlemanly manner, but despite this, I still found myself regarding each character with affection. It is also, in parts, a very funny story (there is one particular scene where D'Artagnan visits Aramis, who is constantly planning to leave the musketeers to become a man of the cloth, and finds him in consultation with a curate and Jesuit superior, which had me laughing out loud all the way through).

The seductive but evil Lady de Winter, and Cardinal Richelieu are a substantial part of the story, playing the two main villains, with `MiLady' always trying, and often succeeding to stay one step ahead of the musketeers who seek to bring her down.

Overall, this is a hugely entertaining romp through Paris, and I believe that everybody should read it at least once. For me, it's a keeper, and one I intend to re-read at some point
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2012
This has long been on my list of must-read books. I wasn't disappointed, and it held my attention with its great characterization and narrative drive. I do wish I'd read it in my teens, though!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2011
Having some of the classics free for e-books has allowed me to delve into some of these older books,that otherwise I might not have read at all. I read a similar version when I was a lot younger and like most people have enjoyed the various films about the musketeers, and perish the thought that I should forget Dogtanian and the three muskehounds(showing my age here).

I thoroughly enjoyed this book it has some great characters who are covered in great depth so that you feel you know them.The interactions between them, both heroes and villains,are both realistic and varied.
The story itself is well known and has a good pace with sub-plots for all the characters interlacing the main plot. I was quite surprised how long the book was, some of the other classics I have read would not even be half the size of this book, but it was still never boring or slow.
I must mention that although there are the four main heroes of the book, the lackeys/servants of the musketeers play an important part in keeping the book interesting,the mention of d'artagnan's planchet always make me think of Roy kinnear who played a very good planchet in one of the films of the three musketeers, who sadly died while making the last film. The memory of his long suffering but loyal planchet made it easier to relate to the poor lackeys who shine in the story but never get the glory.

An excellent read especially not to be missed while it is free or cheap, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good book.

Hope this helps
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2012
The process of finding and then loading these e-books on to your Kindle is made easy by Amazon in addition it gives you access to some of the best classics such as the three musketeers. ideal reading for tose of us who are of a certain age as well for those yet to discover the joys of reading the story as opposed to just watching various versions of the film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2014
Dumas is a fantastic storyteller but his talents are lost here due to the awful translation. I am not sure if an error occurred during download to my kindle, but I am about 15% into the book and am about to give up - repeated grammar and spelling mistakes and poorly translated text mean this version of the book unreadable.
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on 4 November 2014
This is an old classic, and I've read it before, many years ago, in Norwegian, but I didn't remember that much. The language is a bit oldfashioned, but you get used to it. I guess in some ways it's an adventure book for boys, but I like history andperiod costumes, and I don't know much about France in the 1600s, so I found it interesting in that way. It's a bit stereotyped, e.g. one woman is unbelievably evil, the others are all pure and innocent and have to be rescued. The Musketters, the heroes of the story, can always get out of every quandary, even if they may get wounded in the process. I was not impressed with their morals, but according to the author those were the morals of that time. Still, an entertaining read.
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VINE VOICEon 16 December 2012
To anyone skipping through these reviews I would say 'Go on, give it a go!'. You may think you know the story from Sunday evening tele or a blockbuster film (depending on your age) but there is so much more in the book to enjoy.

It is also free and, personally, I had no problems with the kindle version. In fact, it was quite handy to use the Notes tools and also avoid forearm cramp.

This is a very easy read from a great story-teller. You can't help feeling that Dumas enjoyed writing this, often with tongue firmly in cheek. Of course it is long, but it sped by. There's more humour than you may expect and 'Milady' is a memorable villainess.
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on 20 April 2014
It is a wonderful thing , to choose , and read one of the classic tales. Having seen the many motion picture productions adapted from this book, I found , as many of us do, that the book contains far more that film ever does.
The characters are beautifully written , the agent of fear in the story isn't the one that Hollywood usually portrays.
The evil in this story is , in fact a female. "Milady". Working for Cardinal Richelieu as his spy and assassin she becomes embroiled in the lives of our hero marketeers. Royalty , Cardinals , murder , warfare and true love all together in a rollicking great adventure.
All for one , and one for all!
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