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  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

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    What did you love best about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    The narration was beautiful. It was especially helpful for me in that I do not speak or read French, so to hear the names pronounced perfectly in French was a real gift to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the character development the most. In any of the movies or abridged versions, the Bishop of Digne is just a passing character, yet hearing the full details (with French names pronounced perfectly) made me realize just how central the Bishop is to the continuing plot in the novel when he barely gets an honorable mention in the other versions.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    His pronunciation of the French words with such ease, his tone, his inflection (which told the story with some emotion but without going over the top with it), was incredibly easy to listen to, and the scenes of the story simply appeared within my mind as if I were watching, rather than listening, to the thoughts of the characters and the scenes around them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several, but the first was when I realized that the silver tableware and the silver candlesticks were all that remained of the Bishop's past life of comfort. In giving away them, he was finally and fully giving away himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Holy cats. This was my first audible book, but it will not be my last!

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