Victor Hugo's classic that has drawn crowds to its musical rendition for decades provides stark realization that poverty has been with us for hundreds if not thousands of years, and is likely to go with us into the future. In places Hugo's lengthy descriptions and wanderings off the story nevertheless provide insight into French life in the early 19th century. But don't lose concentration at these times - you may lose context and detail necessary later. Generally well narrated, the accents of woman and children a little weird coming from a mature and deep male voice box, but not distractingly so after one gets used to it. In places the pauses for breath a little inappropriate. 60 hours of good listening - I wouldn't want the abridged version.
Christopher Simpson does a super job of narrating the simultaneously sad and happy plight of an illiterate Indian.
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