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Les Miserables Audiobook

Les Miserables

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Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

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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    Courtney Roosevelt, UT, United States 10-21-11
    Courtney Roosevelt, UT, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story Written For It's Time"

    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.

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    Dr. D Menard, Texas, United States 10-21-11
    Dr. D Menard, Texas, United States 10-21-11

    Retired veterinarian. Living the good life - ranching on the river!

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    "Excellent!!"

    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.

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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11 Member Since 2016

    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

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    "The Miserable Ones"

    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.

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    Jonathan Awesome 09-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "One of The Best, of Many"

    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?

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    Isaac 09-09-10
    Isaac 09-09-10 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "It might be a great story..."

    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.

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    Milton 02-24-10
    Milton 02-24-10
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    "Milton"

    Always a compelling read. Now, with excellent narration! For my fellow book geeks, listen closely and you can hear the narrator take a sip of water.

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    Amazon Customer 04-08-08 Member Since 2013
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    "I thought it was great"

    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.

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    Larson San Jose, CA, USA 09-08-04
    Larson San Jose, CA, USA 09-08-04
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    "Pretentious narrator detracts from book"

    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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    Jamie Dallas, TX, United States 09-09-11
    Jamie Dallas, TX, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story. Awful narrator."

    I've read the full, unabridged version of this novel before and loved it. However, I didn't want to devote so much time to reading such a lengthy book again.

    I chose this version of the audiobook unwisely. The narrator's voice is so affected and pretentious that it completely detaches from the story. Listen to the sample and then imagine listening to that for more than 55 hours. I couldn't do it for more than 15 minutes. I'm going to purchase the other version since the narrator's accent is more how I would imagine and like the narrator of such a great book to be.

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    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 09-06-11
    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Amazing story but..."

    Hugo tells an INCREDIBLE story. It was a beautiful mix of romance, action, and familial love. It's a story I'd love to hear over and over again. I was truly enraptured with the characters and the plot. However, I think he was absent the day they taught economy of writing. All authors have tangents and some add to the depth of the story but in this case, they became monotonous and had little bearing on the plot. Over an hour describing the minutia of the Battle of Waterloo, another hour on the practices of the nuns, 45 minutes on the construction, cleaning and reconstruction of the sewers in Paris and another 45 minutes on his personal philosophy of revolution. It was a bit much and those are just one ones I remember off the top of my head. I would love to hear and abridged version since these distracted me so much from the lives of the charming and delightful characters he spent so much time developing.

    The narrator on the other hand was TERRIBLE! He slurps and smacks all the way through it. I could hear his breathing and it was incredibly distracting. His accent was snobby and I must agree with other reviews who said if an accent was to be used it should have been a French accent not an English one. His singing was cringe worthy: like fingernails on a chalkboard! It's a good thing the book was so good or I'd have given up on it based on the narrator.

    One other thing I found to be of interest, not positive or negative: the words "sepulcher" or "sepulchral" were used at least 31 times in this book. I started counting around the 5th or 6th occurrence because it is a word not often heard in our language today so it caught my ear. It was kind of a game I played, listening for them.

    I do recommend the book but an abridged version my keep it going a little better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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