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The Man in the Iron Mask (The D'Artagnan Romances #3.3)

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Bring the Classics to Life Series - This is an abridged/condensed Audio-Book CD. It includes 10 chapters with narration and background sound effects and is ideal for use as a read-along with EDCON's corresponding work-text books. Story length and vocabulary increase slightly with each listening level. Listeners will embrace a sense of adventure, discovery and excitement as ...more
Audio CD, Abridged, 1 page
Published January 1st 2009 by Edcon Publishing Group (first published 1845)
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Kinksrock I haven't seen the movies yet because I wanted to finish the novel first. I have the 1998 version on my DVR, and it is set to record the 1939 version…moreI haven't seen the movies yet because I wanted to finish the novel first. I have the 1998 version on my DVR, and it is set to record the 1939 version when it is on later this month. I hope to watch both soon, although I will do so with the knowledge that they will not be faithful to the novel.(less)

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Jun 10, 2015 Afshar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
طبق این داستان لوئی چهاردهم برادر دوقلوئی داشته و برای اینکه در آینده هرج و مرج بر سر سلطنت پیش نیاید، یکی از دوقلو ها را در جزیره ای زندانی کرده اند با نقابی آهنین بر صورتش

این مرد نمیداند کیست و فقط در خاطرات کودکی اش ،زنی(مادرش ملکه) را بیاد می آورد که گاهی به دیدنش می آمد
بعدها بدون آنکه علتش را بداند عده ای وی را گرفتند و ماسکی بر صورتش زدند و سالها او را زندانی کرده اند

...بازهم تفنگداران بر می گردند
آتوس و آرامیس جزو جبهه ای هستند که میخواهند لوئی چهاردهم مستبد را از تخت سلطنت فرود بیاورند و
Perhaps the most surprising thing about The Man in the Iron Mask, to me, was just how quickly the title subplot was dealt with. Then again, this was not originally called The Man in the Iron Mask. This is the last chunk in a larger book. I can see why it gets cut up like that. This part alone was over 400 pages. And the introduction gave a coherent enough synopsis of what came before that I could follow. Maybe I should have read it all, since I do like reading Dumas the elder.

Back in the 90s, I
Bridgette Redman
Feb 07, 2012 Bridgette Redman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It pains me to write this because I am, at heart, a print person. My paycheck depends on people wanting and buying printed materials. But this is one instance where the movie far outshines the book and I'm glad there was a screenwriter with a vision to see beyond this dismal book.

I had just read Three Musketeers by Dumas when I read this book. Perhaps it was the pleasure I took in this early book that spoiled Man in the Iron Mask.

Man in the Iron Mask starts out well. There is all the chivalry an
Apr 05, 2013 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edited and annotated by David Coward, from an older translation. Well, the mammoth saga of the once-invincibles comes to a rather sad end. Porthos dies because his strength gives out. Aramis flees France in disgrace because his schemes come to ruin. And Athos dies because the one thing dearer to him to God, his son, leaves his company to go die in the Africa campaigns under the Duke of Beaufort. And d’Artagnan – well, d’Artagnan’s star does not decline under the sun king, but that’s only because ...more
Apr 28, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Magnificent, incredible, et cetera. I can't overstate how much I loved this story. I think Dumas is among the most entertaining of the classical writers. A huge cast of character and an epic story full of love, hate, friendship, betrayal, politics and actions. A favorite of mine.
Apr 29, 2011 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I wish I could give this three stars, but this book truly was "just okay." The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After must be read before this book, otherwise you will be very confused. I'm surprised that The Man in the Iron Mask is more famous than Twenty Years After (although neither are good stand-alone novels; they really require reading the previous novels first) because I found TYA to be much more humorous, more exciting, and more engaging all around. The only thing I liked more about TMi ...more
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Everyone in the book lives behind an iron mask-built of honor first and foremost. Honor is first before riches or political place or family or work. I am torn. As much as I am in love with the Musketeers I cannot accept the code of honor they live by. Because they adhere so religiously to their honor code they are led into life threatening and adventurous episodes which entertain in reading but left me mystified by the underlying dismal outcomes in most cases. The characters who followed the fas ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Kinksrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY!!!! The D'Artagnan series ends with a great novel. The other entries since
"The Three Musketeers" were unbalanced: too much political intrigue or too much romance (the latter applies especially to "Louise de Valliere") and -- worst of all -- the disappearance of the Musketeers for hundreds of pages. "The Man In The Iron Mask" strikes a perfect balance. It's all there: the intrigue, the romance, the swashbuckling. And the Musketeers are all back as main characters, not as side characters
Elsa K
Apr 02, 2016 Elsa K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Other than the original "Three Musketeers" this is probably my favorite in the series. It only took me 8 or 9 years to read the whole series, finally! I liked it so much due to the main characters being our good ol' favorites of the four musketeers. Almost every page starring D'Artagnan was a good one! He continues to prove he is "the man" even in his old age. I also loved seeing Porthos in all his glory. One of the hardest parts for me was seeing Athos as such an old man totally dependent on hi ...more
4.5 Having finally read the entire series, I found that I liked this final section even more. Some sections that I previously thought a bit dull or unrelated I now realize where the continuation or wrapping up of things that had happened previously. Several of the relationships, such as that between Raoul & Louise, are not at all clear if you read this as a stand-alone but make perfect sense having read the previous parts of "Vicomte de Bragelonne; or Ten Years Later". However the book is st ...more
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Homme au masque de fer = The man in the Iron mask, Alexandre Dumas
عنوان: مردی در نقاب آهنین؛ نویسنده: الکساندر دوما؛ مترجم: علی فاطمیان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر چشم انداز : وزارت فرهنگ و ارشاد، سازمان چاپ و انتشارات؛ 1379، در 240 ص، مصور؛ شابک: 9644220730؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 19 م، فرانسه ، تاریخ ، لوئی چهاردهم 1643 تا 1715 میلادی
Maricarmen Estrada M
After all the adventures of D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, it's impossible not to fall in love with these characters. Their friendship, courage, loyalty, fidelity, and honor are the thread that conducts all the deeds, intrigues and adventures they go through.
In The Man in the Iron Mask we set out on the last journey for the four musketeers.
Joya Martin
Jun 02, 2013 Joya Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent story, but I was a bit disappointed that the Hollywood version is only loosely based on this book. The man in the iron mask turns out to be a side plot, and not the centerpiece of this final Musketeers novel.
Brent Ranalli
"Disappointed" would be too strong a word: I enjoyed this last installment of the D'Artagnan romances. But I found it less compelling than expected, less compelling than, for example, much-maligned book 3.2 (LdLV), which brilliantly ramps up the tension of court intrigue and then explodes. Why is 3.3 not so compelling?

1. Bragelonne's love-sickness to death stops being pitiable and merely becomes pathetic. He should have done like his father and taken to drink.

2. Fouquet is set up a
Feb 26, 2014 Scoats rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I advance on my quest to read all the books I have obtained over the years, I have come to this.My copy of this book most likely came from a thrift store or flea market and cost almost nothing. I may well have had this in my possession for over 20 years; who knows.

From what I've read, this is the final book of Dumas's Three Musketeers saga. There's a reason why the Three Musketeers have had such staying power.

Wow. Dumas was a quite a writer. The plots and intrigues, mostly advanced through c
Aug 02, 2015 Andrada rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an overall review of the Vicomte de Bragelonne, Dumas' last novel dealing with his famous three musketeers. I read the first two novels in the series when I was younger, but have always avoided the Vicomte de Bragelonne due to its length (over 2000 pages in 4 volumes in the version my family owns). I decided to finally read it when I was looking for a lighter read after a couple of heavier books and since I had always intended to finish the series, I thought it was about high time I did. ...more
I didn't know how to review this book and just started writing randomly until some thoughts about the book illuminated me and I could write some a proper rant about this book review.

So, here it is.

First, I never really figured out it was part of a series "The D'Artagnan Romances", so when I found this book free for being public domain I couldn't stop myself and got it immediately. I was really excited to start this book. I don't really remember the movie but I remember I liked it, that's why I
Abigail Hartman
Jan 07, 2014 Abigail Hartman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I came to The Man in the Iron Mask with no more experience with Dumas than what The Count of Monte Cristo could give me - that is to say, with no experience at all with the three musketeers. Naturally, this left me rather confused in the early days of this last D'Artagnan romance: I knew the history of "the squirrel" (which constitutes a massive spoiler, but what are you to do when writing a historical novel?), but none of the intrigues that the characters would keep referring to. In fact this m ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Emi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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i really loved this book, but was severely disappointed at the end,which while did its job felt very rushed and quite lacking compared to the thrilling and very well-written middle and climax.
there were areas at the beginning and at the end that were really rather weak and even a little bit boring. aramis played a much larger part in this book, and it's interesting to see him portrayed as almost an antagonist in his ideals and attempt at dethroning louis xiv. i was really sad that my favourite c
Diana Trăncău
May 30, 2016 Diana Trăncău rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi s-au uscat lacrimile pe obraji. Nu am putut să nu plâng când dragii mei muschetari au murit pe rând, lăsând în urmă durere și tristețe. M-a impresionat faptul că Mousqueton s-a sfârșit și el după stăpânul său „Mort ca și câinele care, după ce și-a pierdut stăpânul, se întoarce să moară pe pulpana veșmântului său.”, dar plânsul meu s-a întețit când, bunul conte de La Fère află ceea ce îi fusese dezvăluit printr-un vis, ca mai apoi să adoarmă și el pentru totdeauna, cu un zâmbet pe buze. „Athos ...more
Since I seem to be giving up books at the moment. I probably will come back to this at some point, but the friend I've been reading it with agrees that the Frenchmen are not sassy enough for our readalong, and the whole thing lacks the charm of Musketeers, so we are swapping it out for the Scarlet Pimpernel as soon as either of us can get our hands on a copy. Decent book, but not fit for current purpose.
Mark Halse
Jul 08, 2016 Mark Halse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy, do I love Alexandre Dumas. In the complicated conclusion to the D'Artagnan Romances, Dumas doesn't let up.

The intrigues found in the last installment continue to a horrifying crescendo as Louise de La Vallière snaps the poor viscomte's heart in two and ol' Aramis finally goes a step too far within the gay court of Louis XIV.

For those who haven't read Dumas, this is a strangely polite and delightfully scandalous world of dangerous action and romance. And not the Fabio laden, dime store roma
Oct 06, 2015 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What an incredible writer! What an incredible story! This really is something amazing.

Quite some way to make sure you know mid-nineteenth-century western European history.

I had been working at this for quite some time, though I may have picked the wrong Christmas. Tonight I finally decided that's enough, let's see how it's ended.

And, yes, the epilogue made much more sense after reading the rest of the novel first.

(Not the most verbose at this time of night, but I'm excited for finally calling t
John (Taloni) Taloni
Curiously unengaging. The "Man in the Iron Mask" is dispensed with in the first half of the book. I read the other D'Artagnan Romances following Three Musketeers so that I could approach this book fully informed. I expected a juggernaut. Well, Count of Monte Cristo delivered on its promise, but this book did not. The action largely trails off unsatisfactorily. Porthos is presented for comedy except for a moment of tragedy. The action is largely French against French. Louis XIV seems to be a comp ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Justin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure where to begin with this one. I have not read any of the other Three Musketeer books, this was my first foray into them, and I was very much not impressed.

For starters; what I have grown up thinking the Musketeers were, are not what was portrayed in this book. Aramis was a deceiving usurper who only had political intrigue and advancement in mind. There was barely any mention that the king did not care about his subjects. And other than being an ungrateful brat the king had done no
May 09, 2012 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I'd ever say it, but I have finally met a book whose movie I like infinitely better. Before I begin my list of complaints, I must say that I respect Dumas as a great classic writer, and I did try to just write off his style as something in the revered past. However, I could find no excuse to explain the lack of interesting plot or story. As I slogged through the 700 + pages, I kept hoping for Dumas's sake that the story would pick up, but the characters just kept talking to each ...more
Grace Viray
I would have given this 4 stars if not for the ending. It was just full of deaths and losses that I couldn't help but compare this book to the famous loosely based adaptation Man In The Iron Mask circa 1990s which ended with the usurper Philippe being king, and only D'Artagnan sacrificing his life. Here, in the original, [spoilers below] only Aramis survived and he, too, was surprisingly almost painted as the antagonist in this story with his greed and ambitious ascent to papacy. Porthos, with h ...more
Mar 19, 2012 Tifnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well at this rate I should average about 12 books this year.

I enjoyed The Count of Monte Cristo so much that I went and bought The Man in the Iron Mask and started reading it almost immediately.

However, I have to say it took about 250 pages into the book to start enjoying the story and thus expediting my reading speed.

The Man in the Iron Mask has very little to do with the man in the iron mask. In fact, it doesn't reveal itself until well past 200 pages and then it is so short lived I couldn't h
Dec 13, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I must admit that even though I've seen a few movie renditions, this is the first time I've read this book. Furthermore, this is the first book I've read by Dumas…and it is kind of a strange place to start considering this is the ending of one of his famous series.

The first thing I noticed about the writing was that it was VERY detailed. Not only in terms of descriptions but also in terms of the character and political development. I quickly found myself overwhelmed with dozens of names, r
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas.

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for "father", akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his no
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Other Books in the Series

The D'Artagnan Romances (10 books)
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Les Trois Mousquetaires 1
  • Los tres mosqueteros, 2
  • Twenty Years After (The D'Artagnan Romances, #2)
  • Vingt ans aprés, 1
  • Vingt ans aprés, 2
  • Ten Years Later
  • Vicomte de Bragelonne (The D'Artagnan Romances, #3.1)
  • Louise de La Vallière (The D'Artagnan Romances, #3.2)

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