Author: Alexandre Dumas
Narrator: Frederick Davidson
Publication Year: 1845
Pages: 880 (audio length: 27 hours 53 minutes)
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Source: Audiobook version purchased from Audible.com
From the cover:
Originally published in 1845 as a sequel to The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After is a supreme creation of suspense and heroic adventure.
Two decades have passed since the three musketeers triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady. Time has weakened their resolve and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings his immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is a titanic struggle with the son of Milady, who wears the face of Evil.
Twenty Years After is the second book in the series, after The Three Musketeers. It continues the storyline with Milady by having the musketeers face off with her son, and it ties into political matters more than the first book did.
To be honest, there were things I liked better in this book and things that I disliked. I didn’t particularly care for the character of Milady’s son, or most of the story arc to do with him. It was interesting as a tie-in at the beginning, but it held on for too long and was more complicated than it needed to be. Plus, the moving back and forth between so many different story arcs made for a bit of a confusing overall plot. But the bits to do with Charles I and the political intrigues that Aramis and Athos got into were much more interesting, in my opinion. It really tied the series into the historical timeframe that it took place in, and further elaborated on the theme of the four men who just couldn’t stick to their own business.
Personally, I disliked the narrator of this book. Somehow this is the only book in the series that hasn’t been narrated by Simon Vance, and it was a poor show for it. I almost switched the thing off and opted to read this volume in a free ebook version because of it. I was very happy when it was over so that I could go back to the – in my opinion – superior rendition of Vance for The Vicomte de Bragelonne.