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 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...
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
IN ALL THAT WE JUST OUTLINED
Hidden in the lectures, research papers, and off the record is a good story according to others. It amazes me this is so popular. If written today, I doubt it would sell ten copies. This is like a lesson in how to not write a novel. Long passages of the most boring material. Lots of telling, very little showing. Like in the sitcoms Modern Family and The Office are asides were the author steps out of the story to talk to the reader.
My wife talked me into buying this, she really loves it. Which amazes me, I liked Moby Dick, but she hated it, due to all the talk about whales. Years ago, along with two other couples we paid $80.00 a seat to see this musical. All three of the men walked out into the lobby in the middle of the show to talk about how boring it was. I watched the movie and did see that it did have a story, all though the best part was when Russell Crowe jumped off the bridge. I enjoyed that cause it meant I would not have to listen to him sing anymore.
Guidall is one of the best narrators ever and if I ever give him less then a five rating, I give you permission to slap me across the face.
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.
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.