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syl

Listening to books is pretty new to me. I have always enjoyed listening to radio plays so this is a real joy.

bellevue, NE, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Les Miserables

    • ABRIDGED (33 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    Les Miserables is set in the Parisian underworld. The protagonist, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to prison for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release, Valjean plans to rob monseigneur Myriel, a saint-like bishop, but cancels his plan. However, he forfeits his parole by committing a minor crime, and for this crime Valjean is haunted by the police inspector Javert. Valjean eventually reforms and becomes a successful businessman, benefactor, and mayor of a northern town.

    Leslie says: "astounding"
    "One of the Greatest Literary Heroes of all time!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I read this book ages ago, and it was one of my favorites. Jean Viljean is the selfless hero we all strive to eventually become. The whole of his life was given in service to others, and nothing but the acceptance and love of Cossette was asked in return. I also enjoy the description of the Frence social caste, and the stigma associated with being a criminal. Describes are system perfectly today.


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

    Female porter to Jean Viljean " Do you need a Priest?" Jean Viljean "I have one".


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (101)

    Sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge has an emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.

    syl says: "Truly enjoyable"
    "Truly enjoyable"
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    This was perhaps my favorite audiobook experience. A Christmas Carol is Dickens at his best in showing the evils of woshiping money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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