I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
I'm such a "Johnny come lately" to "Les Miserables". Only recently did I watch the movie starring Liam Neeson. What an outstanding story Victor Hugo crafted about Justice and Mercy and Redemption as well as the struggle we all have against Social Injustice, the Cruelty of the World, and our own Sensuality and Prejudices. This story will truly inspire you to want to strive to become a better human being. Regardless of how bad a person may be, God can take the worst sinner and transform them into a beautiful saint. This is the story of that very thing: a sinner who became a saint.
Yes, because the book is a rarher formidible task which I have put off in the past for reading.
No, It is too lengthy, I listened to it's entirety in about 10 dayd. There were times I re-listened to parts to help me keep up with the multiple characters. One almost needs
to have a score sheet to remember or remind one of the name changes or just various characters names
I would reccoment this to most everyone as the narration is excellent and at times I could envision myself being there.
I've listened to this book before by another translator. Julie Rose goes WAY beyond the standard translation and gives a lot of background on what is going on by explaining what people want after revolutions and how to keep them occupied while the revolution is going on to keep their minds off the hardships of a revolution.
Here we meet a man who was a criminal and in a time of need saved some lives. No on asked to see if he was a criminal. This should be a lesson for us. We seen it on the news where someone does something good/great and then we destroy them for past action criminal or non-criminal.
The story follows the actions of this 'criminal' who is a decent guy who just wants to be largely helpful to others. A great moral story that follows what the bible teaches us. Or should teach us.
I am not really great with reviews since I like everything and suspend reality quickly but I do it anyways. Umpire and classic books yay
I really enjoyed the back story to the characters. It made their actions truly come to life and seem like a real possibility. When watching the movie, I question the extreme coincidence that makes everything work together. The coincidence is still there in the book but is plausible. The smallness of the world is what ties everything together even when the vastness of the world diverts attention.
The basic story is well known through movies and the musical but the intricate parts that Hugo spends time building up, explaining and then tying together are a real masterpiece. I felt we had an entire book on the background of Waterloo that made me wonder why we were there until Thenaldier showed up and then it made sense. If you look close enough, the whole world is tied together in the lives of these characters and nothing is wasted.
As we got closer to the meat of the book I didn't want to stop listening. I would find excuses to drive so I could catch another chapter. My morning walks became longer and longer. To listen straight through for 60 hours would be ludicrous though so I could not. It took me a month and even now, I miss spending time with Jean Valjean.
A story worth the journey. A journey worth the time.
The Narrator was Phenominal but the unabridged version has way too much dead space that takes away from the story - long, drawn out sections that don't take the reader anywhere. I suspect the abridged version would eliminate a lot of that. Great Story.
EXCELLENT!! His ability to change voice was great - you always knew who's part he was speaking throughout the entire book...even the progression of the aging characters.
It is, and yes, can't wait. Wanted to finish the book first and finally did last night.
I first read this book in high school English for extra credit. I was not a "reader" at all like my parents were and when I picked it up to read it a second time-they were shocked. I have continued to like the story line and have seen the musical 7 times. I mention this so you realize that I am partial and would love hearing this book read to me since you already have my "attention". Grin. That being said, I love the voice of the reader and by listening to the book, I have remembered more parts that were not in the musical and appreciated what a huge and successful undertaking it was to make this book into that awesome musical.
I just saw the movie last night and will keep this book downloaded so I can go back to it when I choose.
A classic all should listen to for so many ways I am not equipped to express in fairness.
I am a Christian young man who loves to listen to audiobooks at work.
This was an amazing book. I usually prefer casual books, that don't require much thought, but are rather read for entertainment purposes. I don't know why exactly I picked this book, other than the fact that I loved the narrator, George Guidall's work on other books and the book was on sale when I purchased it. I won't spoil anyone with plot details, but the book made me a better person. Seeing the change in some of the main characters caused me to be a more charitable person and since reading this book I have started to make plans to bring joy to people's life this Christmas (2012). I praise God for Victor Hugo and the talent that was bestowed upon him. Everything about this book was great. I am a much better person after listening to this recording.
Jean Valjean was my favorite character but I related more to Marius
Guillermond (not sure how to spell it, but the old grandpa of Marius)
Great narrator; I have listened to other books he read. I loved the Les Miserables movie but I wanted to read the book, too. With 60 hours of narration, this was the ideal way to read the book while driving, housework, etc. This was my first Audible book and my first review.
Jon val Jon (spelling probably incorrect!)
No; 60 hours long.
I am a sucker for a good story
I was very attracted to the idea of reading the book. I am writing this at a point where I am just halfway through. I am enjoying the core story where the focus is on the central characters. However, the history associated with the story (giving us great context) is often a bit too unrelated for my current attention span. So I currently have mixed feelings about this classic. I do not regret reading this, but I have to admit that I have not listened to every single word.
avid listener, during exercise and travel. Been doing for 30 plus years and probably will never stop. I am trying to read more recently, it requires more downtime.
I never read the unabridged print version and was somewhat taken by how much detail Hugo put into the unabridged version. I have to say I did fast forward several times through heavy historical politics that I couldn't understand anyway.
Jean Valjean, but had to search for his character and his story among lots of other detail that didn't interest me (probably because I couldn't understand it).
I enjoy his deep slow and rich voice.
Next time I will look for another version...