I really liked the way Gavroche was done.
I did both. I laughed at the buffoonery of some of the characters at times, but I cried far more, especially at the end.
What an amazing and epic tale, from top to bottom. Sorrow and woe, hope and bravery, love, hate, despicable people, saints on earth... It has the power to change/shift your perspective on relating to people and life, if you allow it to. Highly recommended.
This is by far the BEST book I have ever read!! I can't believe I haven't read it before now and that it wasn't required reading in school/college!!! Hugo's writing style took a little getting use. Julie Rose's translation was great and Guidall's narration was great!!! The story was overwhelming!!! I absolutely couldn't quit listening - even though some of the "history" was long but by the end of the book it was so well worth it!!! Now that I am finished, I feel like I have lost a friend - what will I do w/myself!!! Even though this is so long, you WILL NOT regret spending your time with a story and characters who will make you look at life in a different way. This is a book I will never, ever forget!!
Captivating, exciting & impressive.
It's a true classic.
Jean ValJean's forgiveness & commission by the Bishop.
Very impressed at the writing skill of Hugo. A bit verbose at times, but gifted.
The unabridged version is huge (59 hrs), but totally worth the time. Plus, this narrator is one of the best I've ever listened to. He made the book come alive with his French accent & expressions!
First of all George Guidall is my favorite narrator and as narrator for Les Mis he is nothing short of amazing.
Now for my less than stellar review. Some parts of this book were very interesting well written and moving. However I am not cerebral enough to enjoy all of the philosophizing and long ramblings. Very long book and to me disjointed. Even George, who would make a dictionary interesting, could not keep me going.
Epic story with fantastic narration. I loved every minute of this book. I was sad when it finished. This is a classic that every lover of classics must read.
I had HIGH expectations for this book. It's a classic, and being made into numerous plays and movies I figured it had to be a great listen in its entirety. I was so very disappointed. This book right from the get go is boring and drawn out. If it was more focused and stayed on track with the characters I'd be able to listen to it. But every time it starts to get good the writer goes into some other boring description of something not related to the story, and keeps going on and on for sometimes up to an hour about a non topic. I found myself constantly letting my mind wander and not listening at all. Perhaps I should try the abridged version. I just couldn't get into a story that doesn't stay focused on itself. At least it was only one credit....
I read the book in high school and then reread now 50 yrs later. Now I remember why I didn't like it then. I love detail and don't mind very long books, have read most classics. But Victor Hugo sometimes goes on and on. The narrater is wonderful, I highly recomend
George Guidall, he does an outstanding job. The characters are distinive and clear.
Annotated. The diatribes Hugo goes on (for hours) are goddawful painful. Several times I was trapped in my car listening without being able to reach for the fast forward button, so I'd yell at my iphone, "I DON'T FREAKIN CARE--GET BACK TO THE PLOT!!!"
The plot of the characters was wonderful. If only it was drowned put in the details (of the Paris sewer system, of every minute of the battle of waterloo...)
I understand how you can take a HUGE book and successfully boil it to a few hour stage production! It may be the first time I like a movie over the original book.
This is a wonderful recording of a wonderful story. You will cry at the end if not before. A story of duty and the happiness found in serving others above yourself. Exquisite!
I bought this because (a) it's a well-regarded classic, and (b) there's a current movie version and I wanted to be socially literate if the topic came up. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a dung heap.
The characters are simplistic, exaggerated cartoons. One is THE MOST lovely, one is THE MOST disreputable, etc. To make the single mom who abandons her child have the reader's sympathy, she is first described as THE MOST demure, upright, virtuous example of a proper young lady. Each person is given a simplistic dilemma or a simplistic revelation, something where the author can spell out the moral for you as to a child, and then righteously beat the moral into the ground.
In between moralizing with caricatures, the author lists litanies of details about the names and places of France at the time, none of which play a direct role in the story. I'm sure these lists are fascinating for any Francophile and historian of the period, but if you are not already gaga for French ephemera, you will not get any enjoyment from this list, nor will it advance the story for you at all.
I could not get past the halfway mark in this book. It was painful and tedious to listen to. As if the writing itself weren't bad enough, the narrator does only an average job. Most of the characters sound the same, and lack any nuance.