Hugo describes early 19th-century France with a sweeping power that gives his novel epic stature. Among the most famous chapters are the account of the battle of Waterloo and Valjean's flight through the Paris sewers.
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I would listen to another book by Victor Hugo but not by Fredierick Davidson
I'd try another book by Victor Hugo because he is a classic writer - you don't stay popular for hundreds of years for no reason and his books were written to be read out loud.
I would cast a narrator who is skilled in multiple voices and characters. This narrator has a limited range of expression and often sounded haughty and aloof. This did not engage me or help me to empathise with the characters.
Oh no! No follow-up book! 57 hour is long enough for one story. Anyway, the author is dead.
I was not familiar with many of the French terms, geography or history, which affected my understanding. This book may have been better for me to read.
Redemption, heroism, altruism.
The way Victor Hugo built up his characters and background events. The theme of redemption and altruism. The telling of the historical events.
Jean Valjean of course.
The treatment of Cosette as a child filled me with horror and the dying Valjean made me cry. The judicial and penal system of the time appalled me.
Frederick Davidson did an awesome job reading this book. By giving each character their own voice he brought them alive and allowed the listener to respond emotionally to the person or events. As an English speaking listener the names of some of the characters were hard to understand and remember. Giving them their own voice made it easier to recognize the characters. I was especially impressed with the reading of the passing of Valjean. The emotional response stayed with me long after the story ended.
Thank you Mr. Davidson.
Victor Hugo does a wonderful job of presenting the issues with the French society. I love the main storyline that follows the characters. However, for those of us who are not familiar with much of the French history, there are sections of the book that are dedicated to these historical points. So, if you are not familiar with or do not want to hear long explanations of French history that contain numerous unheard of names of individuals in French society, listen to the abridged version of this book. Otherwise, it is a wonderful story.
Retired veterinarian. Living the good life - ranching on the river!
I can't believe I waited this long to enjoy this classic! It is truly a masterpiece! Hearing it makes it truly come alive. I can't wait to hear it again.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
Some of the best villains ever written for the lesson in how 'no good deed goes unpunished'
Javert the cop who is obsessed with Valjean for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving sister and the Taverniers who mistreat Cosette when she is left in their care by Fantine are some of the worst humans ever written.
Valjean has to start over again and again yet he goes on and on making life better for others in the most selfless ways.
A classic story well read and a must have for every library.
While this is a great book and well read it would be fantastic if Audible discovered that Hugo actually wrote more that three books. Instead a twenty three different versions of this and The Hunchback of Notre Dame maybe they could add The Man Who Laughs and Toilers of the Sea. At least there is one version of Ninety-Three. But come on. Obviously Hugo is in demand so why not supply us with more of him instead of just more copies of what is already available?
I drive a lot for work,and when I drive I listen to audible. Life is good. In my mid-30's now, and I mainly listen to Fantasy books.
But I can't listen to it read by this narrator. There are narrators out there that I don't like, but can still listen to the book. But this book is a complete waste of a purchase for me. I gave it a good 30 minutes, and I determined that its a lost hope.
I picked this particular version of Les Mis because it was unabridged and, inspite of all the digressions, it was worth it. However, I am getting the abridged version for a friend whom I know is more interested in the story than in the full flavor of the period. I enjoyed the reader with his French pronunciation and his failed attempts to sing. This is a reminder why I love the classics.
The affected snobbishness of the narrator makes this book very difficult to listen to. Little expression in his voice does not help. I went off previous reviews and feel I wasted my money on this one... Make sure you listen to a sample. If you like the narrator, you will like the book. Comes in 3 parts... You are not buying the full novel = expensive.
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