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'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.
YES. I couldn't get past Hugo's occasional rambling's, but the audiobook version made them tolerable.
George Guidall is absolutely WONDERFUL as a reader. His characterizations is absolutely spot on as what I would imagine them to be.
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.