I would definitely recommend this Julie Rose/George Guidall version of the Les Miserables audiobook to anyone who is willing to spend time with this classic. It is well worth your time.
Julie Rose's translation makes you wonder why Hugo's epic yet intimate story isn't on everyone's reading list. She delivers a Hugo with a richness of language and poetry of prose that is a delight to the modern reader. Rose even manages to bring Hugo's history lessons to life, dropping us effortlessly into the French political landscape of the early 19th century and making it interesting.
I started listening to other versions of Les Miserables, but felt the narrators were too high-brow to hold my interest. Then I found George Guidall's version. Guidall manages to bring the characters to life so well that by the end of the story you are desperately sad to see them go and want to hear more. Listening to Guidall is literally like curling up with a good book. His style is so rich yet accessible - perhaps that is why he has narrated over 900 books throughout his career!
Victor Hugo's story, in the capable hands of Julie Rose and George Guidall, inspires and challenges you. By the end of the story I was in the room with the characters, weeping with joy and sadless alongside them all.
I was looking at this book at a #symc conference when someone came up and said that book had changed his life. By the title, it seems like a book that might encourage you cast off your old job for a dream job. But it does not. Jon Acuff encourages you to start working on your dream job in a way that does not jeopardize your current job. Good tips, techniques and lessons learned from someone who went through the experience. As a seasoned employee, I find his approach realistic and useful.
On a scale of 1-10, this would be an 8. I love that the author does the narration. However, while his voice definitely modulates, you can tell he is reading and he speeds over some of the chapter/section titles - it would have been useful to the ear to have a few more pauses in narration. I will say, however, that one of the best things about this narration is when Jon Acuff goes "off-book" occasionally to share a story relevant to what he is reading. Then you feel like he is really talking to you about his experience.
I DEFINITELY recommend this book.
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