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...
The side notes are too numerous which make it hard to enjoy the flow of the story. No doubt they are educational and provides an insightful look into the lives and times of Paris in those days. Overall they weigh down the story and indeed it might even be said that the Jean Valjean story is merely a vehicle for Victor Hugo to display his amazing knowledge of France.
The audio book version perhaps makes it less painful to plough through the side notes. It's easier to stay the course; I would probably have skimmed through the side notes in the book, but one can't do that in the audio book.
On the other hand the audio book version is not easy to follow given the many long sentences, French names, and Latin sayings. I found it necessary to purchase the e-book and make constant references to it.
This presentation is both engaging and entertaining. It is so absorbing that I was genuinely sad that it ended. Like a great romantic place, I must come back!
The translation and narration were simply spectacular. I can't imagine a better experience. Powerful and moving. The essay at the end was also really nicely done and insightful.