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.
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.
I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity of experiencing this book. It was a great look at the psychology of human beings. And the conflicts of society.this is the book to which I will now judge all other books in the future. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book. You will not be disappointed.
Les Miserables, is a engaging book full of excitement and history. Other than the amazing plot line. Les Miserables tells the history of France, and the French Revolution. I suggest this book to everyone.
This was a great translation and reading of such an amazing story! I am truly sorrow to be done with it. The characters are so spectacularly written you miss them instantly when they are gone.
I own a small business and love to listen to books while tinkering in the garage, back yard, and on my road bike.
Just finished by second listen of this great book. So many hidden treasures were found this time through. Thanks Victor! Thanks Julie!
The story was addictive and due to its length, one can get caught up for hours, before they realize the time. The writer gives the reader details on the history & political forms of the day, that help to clarify the situations the characters find themselves involved. Much more involved than the 'opera' based on part of the book!
Life is too short to read bad books.
A must read epic classical literature. Thanks to all the raving reviews of this translation, I am very happy I went with this version. On top of great writing and engrossing storyline, the great performance from George Guidall helped me to stay interested with this huge book to the end (something I would not have accomplished in print). Well worth the time, highly recommended. My next stop is Les Miserables on Broadway.