I loved the movie but hated the play. I was nervous about listening to a 60 hour book. What if it was more like the play and I hated it? But I really had nothing to worry about. This book is like neither the movie, nor the play. It is rich in history and emotion. It meanders off for hours at a time, then comes neatly back to pick up exactly where it left off without losing any steam or momentum. Not only is it a captivating and heartbreaking story, it is a first hand look into French history.
After awhile you may start to feel that you aren't getting anywhere in the story because of all the side stories. But don't despair. It is all there for a reason and it is well worth sticking to it.
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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
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 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.