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.
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I love the way that Victor Hugo helps us to struggle with the characters as they face their moral dilemmas. It helps me to think about the challenges I have and gives me courage to make the correct decision.
A timeless story about the nature of social justice, individual morality and personal truth that has lead to modern , French liberalism.
No review can do this book justice: no praise or acclamation; neither wholesale endorsement nor conspicuous sycophancy; no list of qualities; no personal opinion. Nothing at all can be said of Les Miserables. We happy few who have read the whole book are content with silence. We remain lost in thought, hoveled in Hugo's world, forever recalling his story, deafened by echo.
Buy this audiobook. I'm referring to the version translated by Julie Rose and narrated by George Guidall. Buy it, listen to it, treasure it. The book will change your life. It is the best book, the most total and perfect book ever written.
I've been trying to read Les Mis for years and finally decided to try the audiobook and following along with the novel. Although the audiobook and novel are translated differently (which I didn't realize), I'm finally on page 500!
It is a wonderful story and even includes some history.
So far when Jean Valjean meets Cozette but I'm only 1/3 of the way through.
No, much too long for that, but I do listen about an hour each night.