I dug the hell out of it, but could have been spared the endless details about some of the characters and places. For example: the sewer. I didn't need the entire history of the sewer system while homeboy was escaping through it. Def. could have been spared a lot of details. that being said, I completely broke down and sobbed at the end. Just that good, just that penetrating. stunner of a book, for sure.
A great story lies hidden within this book; however, it is diminished by all the long winded introductions and explanations on histories of Napoleon, Paris Sewers, Barricade Warfare....etc....etc....etc...
While I hate reading and/or listening to abridged copies of books, this one needs about 3-4 hours of material removed to keep the story flowing better.
I can't wait for the movie hopefully Hollywood does it justice.
George Guidall made this long story a very easy listen. The unabridged version has a lot of background information that is not essential to the story line, but gives the listener a good feeling for the time period in which it was written. An unabridged version might be better for some people, but you would miss out on a lot of French history and culture in the process. Hugo has a very interesting insights on the French revolution and what followed in the next 50 years that would be missed in an abridged version.
The narrator has an enthusiastic tone and the plot is memorable
His accent and enthusiasm
No, it is really long so I was not planning to listen in one day.
There are long periods about history and a seemingly irrelevant backstory. this was difficult to listen to after a while but the overall plot is great, so maybe listening to the abridged version would be better
75 yr old MWF. I like historical novels with more history than story. Audiobooks shouldn't have too many characters.
Victor Hugo put so very much deep thinking into this. Sometimes I didn't want to hear so much philosophizing and wanted to get on with the story, but it is brilliant and masterfully plotted out! It is hard for me to get the French names on audiobook, though I think George Guidall pronounces them meticulously. I was surprised that the book was so long -- doubt that I'd have finished it if I had chosen to read it in print. That would have been sad, because he really paints a detailed picture of the thinking of post-Napoleonic France. His description of the Battle of Waterloo is stunning.
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 guess I can't, in all fairnes, say this, since I flat quit listening about halfway through the book. After 30+ hours of listening, I just couldn't bring myself to sacrifice another 30 hours of my life to Victor Hugo. I can't honestly report anything terrible about his writing; I know this is considered a classic, and to some, one of the best pieces of literature ever penned. I just don't possess the patience any more to wait for the story to continue to build. As others have said, Hugo's ramblings about certain topics, that truly have no bearing on the story he is trying to tell, go on for way too long. The narrator was great, and I had no issues with his performance. But, for those of you out there who've seen the recent movie or the broadway performance and want to know more, my advice to you is to stick with the visual mediums. Perhaps an abridged version would be better, although I usually shun abridgements; I may have been more satisfied if I'd made an exception in this case. Way, way, way too long for this girl!
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...