This is not a book for the average reader. I love this story, but this book is long. I had to work at finishing this. However, this is one of the most profound and insightful books on humanity and our connection with God. If God is not your thing, then you and victor Hugo would be friends. He was a agnostic pessimist. However, his insights on humanity and their connection with God are miles beyond other writers.
I've been trying to read Les Mis for years and finally decided to try the audiobook and following along with the novel. Although the audiobook and novel are translated differently (which I didn't realize), I'm finally on page 500!
It is a wonderful story and even includes some history.
So far when Jean Valjean meets Cozette but I'm only 1/3 of the way through.
No, much too long for that, but I do listen about an hour each night.
The performance was fabulous but the length was unnecessary. Anyone who devotes an entire chapter to explaining why they aren't going to describe a particular scene has a problem.
If you want to listen to hours about Waterloo or '1800 slang' you will be delighted. I thought I would be listening to the story of a man redeemed and a love story between Marius and Cosette.
The reader is great but be prepared to listen at 1.5.
Who can contest Victor Hugo as being anything but an exceptional and gifted writer? This story is a monument to his genius. The reader did an excellent job of portraying the emotion and characters. Well done! However, at the end there is an attached "paper" on Hugo and the book that was entirely out of place and completely ruined the awe of Hugo's story and concluding lines. All 60 hours were an amazing journey which then ended in 30 minutes of some man's views of the whole thing. Story--brilliant. Ending--detrimental.
Julie Rose's translation of Les Mis is inspiring!
The purchase of Jean Val Jean's soul by the Bishop with his silver candlesticks; and, the revelation of what Jean Val Jean did for Marius and Cosette at the very end of the book is inspiring.
George Guidall did a great job of portraying the various characters throughout the book.
Les Miserable's, an epic story of intense joy, pain, happiness, sadness, justice, mercy - - - LOVE!
History, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
A couple of reasons why this is fantastic listening.
George Guidall takes this performance to the highest level of oration. His adaptation of characters, relaying of emotion whether sorrow or elation are absolutely masterful.
Victor Hugo as a writer.
This man turned a 55+ hour story into an exciting and meaningful one all the way through.
You feel invested, like you are part of it.
The story of Les Misérables is rich, it's sad, it's happy, it's philosophical, it's funny, it's an absolute masterpiece and you'll be a more intelligent person after the experience.
Bravo Victor Hugo
Bravo George Guidall!
and Bravo to Audible for a quality performance!
Anna Karenina because it is another edifying book with timeless characters. Both ramble a bit, but you can choose to skip the parts that you find endless.
I was delighted to find an unabridged version. Unfortunately, after listening for 10 minutes and comparing it to the Signet Classics version, it was clear that the Rose's transition detracted from the experience. I realize now that it is possible to make translations too modern. More respect for linguistics and the history of the English language would have been appreciated.