I bought this book for my kids to read in high school. I'm not sure if either of them finished it. The book sat for years on the shelf and occassionally I would look at it and think I might try it, but being a slow reader I never did. I downloaded the book and within 10 minutes I was hooked. I love George Guidall and he did a great job.
I was always told the story was about a man who went to prison for stealing bread. That was all. This book is so much more. I will never tell anyone it is about a man who stole bread. It is a book about lies, abuse, treachery and plain old meanness. It is about grace, mercy, compassion, loyalty, love and honor.
Highly-Critical PhD Candidate
I will probably listen to this over and over, it is one of those books I could easily read at any point and fall right into the story.
The long discourses and descriptions bring the characters, events, and settings to life in a very sharp and real way.
His pronunciation of the French names, words, and locations further serves to place the listener in the story. Reading these words in my head, I would probably skip pronouncing them completely and subsequently lose that effect.
"Do you Hear the People Sing?" Ha. I admit that I took this from the musical's song- but honestly, it's a story that really makes you root for the people.
IN THE TOP TEN
When javeze comit suicide
The story was too long,took me weeks to listent to
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.