Title: The Vicomte de Bragelonne
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Narrator: Simon Vance
Publication Year: 1847
Pages: 344 (audio length: 23 hours 2 minutes)
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Source: Audiobook version purchased from Audible.com
From the cover:
It is May 1660 and the fate of nations is at stake. Mazarin plots, Louis XIV is in love, and Raoul de Bragelonne, son of Athos, is intent on serving France and winning the heart of Louise de la Valliere.
D’Artagnan, meanwhile, is perplexed by a mysterious stranger, and soon he learns that his old comrades already have great projects in hand. Athos seeks the restoration of Charles II, while Aramis, with Porthos in tow, has a secret plan involving a masked prisoner and the fortification of the island of Belle-Ile.
D’Artagnan finds a thread leading him to the French court, the banks of the Tyne, the beaches of Holland, and the dunes of Brittany.
This is probably the most boring installment of the series, and it took me forever to read it. There are several plot arcs that are set up in this volume that come up again in more detail later. I know they’re necessary, but they still weren’t very interesting to me.
Also, I find it very strange that the volume is entitled The Vicomte de Bragelonne since Raoul is almost never actually in it! It’s really more about the intrigues of the court than anything else, and Raoul plays a minor background part in the whole thing.
That’s really about all I have to say, as I didn’t enjoy the book very much. I read it so that I could continue onwards with the series, but otherwise I probably wouldn’t have followed it through to the end.