I have put off reading this for 50 years. Now I am so sorry. The narrator was wonderful, phrasing, foreign language facility, emphasis were the best so far. The story had it all politics, intrigue and fraternal, familial and young love. Ok I will admit the 19th century use of every word possible was not my favorite... But I did have to look some up and was pleased to add several to my vocabulary. I am sure seeing any of the movies would be a wonderful addition, Be sure to read before you go.
I listen to this book during my long commute to work, so it's nice to pass the time. Otherwise, the story moves too slowly to listen to it during my leisure time.
The unoriginal thought. I expected better based on the hype, but as far as I can tell this book is a list of qualities revered by Hugo thinly (very) encased in a description of a person. Although that would be monotonous in itself, Hugo's ideas of what constitute high character and worthy citizenship seem to be those of an arrogant and naive teenager.
No. I've read and enjoyed many other books in this genre. In fact, I was slightly embarrassed never to have read this one. Now I know why.
Fluent, measured, adept.
It probably saved me the ticket price of the movie or show.
I only got through a few hours before giving up, so it may have gotten radically better and I don't wish to dissuade those who have better stamina than I.
I know, I know. I knew Les Mis was a long book when I ordered this. But sheeeeesh. It's taken me from November through February to finish it all. Normally, I don't believe in abridged versions of books, but I wish I'd made an exception in this case. It's beautifully written, and excellently performed, but I could maybe have done without a few of the tangential (albeit interesting) history lessons. At least as a listener with a one year old.
What a perfect way to enjoy this classic story.
His delightful voice and knowledge of French pronunciation.
This book is deservedly a classic! It is a story of transformation worked by grace, narrated with great skill. Hugo's prose is rich and multi-layered and a pleasure to listen to.
In a world of sound bites & fast reads, this long audio book is a beautiful pattern interrupt. It is beautifully narrated and the characters are fully developed beyond what a couple hour movie or stage presentation can capture. The beginning of the book gives a wonderful insight into the Bishop who gave sanctuary to the escape convict Jean Valjean, which is barely touched upon in the movie. That relationship seeded a spiritual awakening that is central to Victor Hugo's story. The other main characters also come with stories of their own that bring depth in the listening or reading of this book. The movie and the stage presentation of Les Miz are great, I highly recommend them, but the revolting of the youth that preceded the revolution was not the only story in this book. I am absolutely loving listening to this Classic
This is one of the best novels ever written. I was a little wary of starting the unabridged version, but I can't stop listening. Even Hugo's long asides are interesting and entertaining in this read.
When Victor Hugo dives into the character's souls, it's easy to amaze at the depth of understand this writer had for his time.
George Guidall is a fantastic reader. The voices of the characters, the excellent pronuctiation of French words, and the dramatic tones at the right times make for an excellent interpretation of the story.
I would. Les Miserables is an excruciating detailed understanding of the human condition.
Hugo's ability to describe the mundane in exquisite detail. But, most of all I enjoyed how Hugo describes each characters soul, morals, beliefs and emotions. If you put the story in the 21st century and left the characters as is, you be hard pressed to see any difference in the human condition.