A well known story, but I was glad to hear it all - even the parts about the Paris sewers. There is no way I would have read the book. The audible version is great.
Yes. I listened to Babbit. And this narrator is fabulous in Les Mis. He changes his voice for each character. It's like listening to a stage play. Very engaging.
It actually took me about 5 months to listen to the whole thing. I only listened on my commute to work and back. As you probably know, it's a VERY long book.
George Guidall did a fantastic job of reading one of the best books I have ever read!
Jean val Jon because he is remarkable
The final scene
The entire book
There's probably a great book buried somewhere here, but it's impossible to find. I've never seen such a bloated overwrought mass of verbiage in my life. This novel is in serious need of editing, and I mean brutal trimming.
I cannot understand the reasoning behind the endless meanderings that take place in the story. For example, at one point the two protagonists are forced to take refuge in a convent. Fair enough. At this point the author goes into an extended discourse on the history of the convent, where it originated, it's ties to other religious orders, it's leaders, its rites, practices, and so many extraneous details so as to numb your senses and make your eyes glaze over. And it's all completely irrelevant to the story. COMPLETELY! And it's not a brief sidebar, it goes on for about an hour (at least it seemed that long to me).
The author does this over and over, taking pains to explain details that have absolutely no bearing on the story. If any of these details were in some way entertaining then I guess you could justify it... but they simply aren't that interesting. They are monumentally boring.
I did manage to finish the book, but it was a chore rather than a pleasure. I was just too stubborn to admit it was a waste of money (and time invested).
Do yourself a favor and avoid this, or perhaps try an abridged version. I tend to avoid abridged versions, but this book may be the exception. It needs to be trimmed by at least one third, and maybe one half.
It is a shame, because you can see that he is a great author, some of the passages are simply brilliant. This truly could have been a great novel. It just isn't.
This book was brutally long for me. I love the story, but not the length. The reader was fantastic. So if you are thinking of listening to les mis over reading it yourself, this audiobook did a great job. Be ready for a marathon though.
Maybe the best Audible purchase ever! Victor Hugo may be the greatest novelist to write in any language. Julie Rose's translation is a beautiful work of art. George Guidall couldn't have been better. The long essay sections on Waterloo, convents, slang and the Paris sewers were okay - DEFINITELY not a reason to avoid this moving, funny, riveting masterpiece.
Yes, I would say that it was well spent in that the musical and the movie touched my life so much that knowing the true way that it was written has enriched my understanding of both of those mediums. But the fact is that Victor Hugo was just not a master author and although this is a "classic" it's just poorly written in a lot of places.
I did listen to Victor Hugo again - I listened to the Hunchback of Notre Dame and this is the better of the two.
His characterization is spot on. His consistency in vocalizing the different characters with such accuracy is nothing short of amazing and helps to keep in mind which character is speaking. Guidall is great.
It is a movie and a musical and I did see both - many times.
See the movie first.
Not enough can be said about the spectacle that is Les Miserables. It's enlightened philosophy transcends its 18th century setting and truly makes the reader want to change. The characters of the book (although some are too good to be true) offer great insights into human nature and the transformational power of grace.
George Guidall is truly an outstanding narrator.. so much so that I have searched for audiobooks that bear his name as narrator. Take my advice and buy this book. Make sure you stick it out to the end, it will be worth it!
Absolutely. Wonderful character development, provoking dialogue, intriguing ideas... A true classic.
Either Jean Valjean or Bishop Myrial. Valjean is very dynamic. His struggle to find himself and become either good or evil mirrors a lot of what goes on in society, and puts on display what astonshing changes can overcome a man who is given a bit of good luck and compassion.
Bishop Myrial is also an interesting character, although a bit more 1 dimensional. He is nearly the definition of good and selfless, and listening to his story compels the listener to be more charitable in their own lives.
I haven't read the book, but Guidall is a fantasy reader. His passion reading the dialogue, changing tone slightly so as to easily let the reader know who is speaking, and his pronunciation of the French words draws you into a different world.
There's also a lot of history and background information that I surely wouldn't have been able to read through if it hadn't been read to me. Guidall puts good effort into keeping the less exciting sections bearable.
60+ hours? No.
The book itself does have a lot of sections that move incredibly slow, discussing Water Loo or the whole history of the convent, or some other detail that isn't at all necessary to what is otherwise a very captivating plot. Many times I've been frustrated since I wanted to hear more on what happened to the characters and had to listen to literally hours of history. But some of the history is at least appreciated, as it gives this book a wonderful depth to fully immerse oneself into.
In short, a bit long, but definitely worth it all the while!!
Yes, It is a rich tale with a touch of history! Keeps you interested.
Mr. Maddelin, Im not sure how to spell it but the main character is my favorite.
No, I haven't listened to him before but he did an outstanding job on this book.
Every part that the main character was able to pull himself, and others, out of a situation by digging deep and forcing himself to go on.
The entire book including the history lessons that intertwine are fasinating and mind capturing. You want to finish it in one sitting, which is impossible to do if you work or go to school or have a life.
Never. Way to long. To many detailes.
Yes. Not so many details.
Cosett being cared for by Jon and being reunited with her true love.