Les Miserables is my favorite book and musical of all time. I read it a long time ago and wanted to experience the story again but I didn't know how I would get through a 1400 page book again. My commute is long so the 61 hour run time of the audible book seemed like a great way to spend two-ish months.
This question is not answerable for Les Miserables. There are so many moments that are clearly memorable. I did feel the translation was lovely. I read the book a long time ago and do not speak French - so hearing the French words was much better than reading them.
Oh, dear - all of them! His reading was fantastic. When I listened to the sample, I was unsure of how it would be but after listening to 61 hours, I love how George read the book. His French pronunciation was perfection and his subtle changes for the characters were really something special.
This is not a book you could listen to in one sitting as it would take you almost three days straight - with no breaks. As it was, I listened over the course of two months about 2 hours a day and that was just right. Although there are times when I wanted to just sit in my car and finish a section - particularly the end at the barricade.
If you have 61 hours to spare and enjoy the idea of Les Miserables but are daunted by the giant book - this is really the right thing to select to listen to. It is marvelous.
Apparently, it's just me. I had to stop listening to this deep, thought-provoking novel because the 2016 barely-middle-school English jars me from the textured pleasure of Hugo's themes and into a fierce desire to pull out an editor's red pen. Hearing a character "and his kids" went somewhere or did something? Seriously? The phrase "don't go there" inserted into a passage on considering uncomfortable thoughts? Too many examples.
I read a lot of classic novels and find particular enjoyment in the language used by our more literary and cosmopolitan forebears. This translation probably does make the story more accessible but at the high cost of historical dissonance.
Sadly, I'm turning this one back in (and losing the Most Excellent Mr. Guidall--no complaints there) for a more historically appropriate translation.
I knew it was 60 hours, and well recommended, and I've always liked George Guidall reading. I would have liked it just as much at half the length. It goes into way too much detail. Do we really need 2-3 hours about the battle of Waterloo?
Still, glad I listened to it. Kept hearing music from the play and movie while listening.
Absolutely amazing. While not an entry-level novel, this is one worth training for. A French, Catholic and far better Moby Dick. If you read 19th century novels, don't miss this one.
A book with such passion and compassion requires the very best of narrators, and George Guidall fits that requirement to perfection. One cannot convey characters or settings well without understanding them, and Guidall captures each and every character and episode ideally.
I'm new to audio books, and for a long time didn't think I'd have the patience to listen to books. I now have an entirely favorable attitude, in large part because of the gift of this narration.
The Best Audible Book - Bar None!
You enter a world that is so deep and perfectly explained that you come away not only loving the story of the lives of the many characters, but also having been to a university of history!
When Jean Valjean carries Marius through the sewers.
There is humor, there is intrigue, I even wept.
Of all the Audible books I have downloaded, and there are many, many of them, this is one of my all time favorites. I have listened to it 3 times and it is always new and very exciting. By the way, be prepared. If you think you know the story because you have watched the movie, think again. The popular renditions of this tale are merely a minute fraction of the complete story! I'm not exaggerating at all when I say this. In fact, after you read this book you will think that my assertion was an understatement! The author completely recreates every bit of back story for every significant character! Not only that, but you will learn much about France, the French Revolution, the convents, even the intricacies of the sewer system of Paris! I cannot more highly recommend this book! Buy it, learn from it, cherish it! It may very well change your outlook on life!
The story is well known and one of my favorites. This is a must read novel. I especially appreciated the essay at the end of the audio book - it was a great way to "wind down" and contemplate what I had just experienced.
Jean Valjean, of course. He was redeemed.
The narration was phenomenal. The dramatic emphasis was entertaining and I never tired of listening to him, even after 60 hours.
Very touching in many places. This translation was noticeably more accessible and understandable than the free ebook version I read a few years ago.
After reading the unabridged version once in print and now a second time by audio, I would opt for an abridged version next time. The detail often interrupts the flow of the story taking you further away from the action than you want to be.