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Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose | [Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)]

Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Random House (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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“Rich and gorgeous. This is the [translation] to read.” (Times (London))

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    Dennis burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 02-21-13
    Dennis burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 02-21-13 Member Since 2004
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    "way too long,thought i'd never get though it!!"
    Where does Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    IN THE TOP TEN


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    When javeze comit suicide


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    Lots


    Any additional comments?

    The story was too long,took me weeks to listent to

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    janis auburn, CA, United States 02-20-13
    janis auburn, CA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Well worth the time"

    I have put off reading this for 50 years. Now I am so sorry. The narrator was wonderful, phrasing, foreign language facility, emphasis were the best so far. The story had it all politics, intrigue and fraternal, familial and young love. Ok I will admit the 19th century use of every word possible was not my favorite... But I did have to look some up and was pleased to add several to my vocabulary. I am sure seeing any of the movies would be a wonderful addition, Be sure to read before you go.

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    Amber OCEANSIDE, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Amber OCEANSIDE, CA, United States 02-19-13
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    "Well narrated, but slow moving story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listen to this book during my long commute to work, so it's nice to pass the time. Otherwise, the story moves too slowly to listen to it during my leisure time.


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    M 02-19-13
    M 02-19-13
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    "Fills in the history..."

    This book goes into the background of the history around the story. It can be very tedious at times but well worth the listen.

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    Jessica 02-19-13
    Jessica 02-19-13
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    "Boring trite written by a college lit major"
    What disappointed you about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    The unoriginal thought. I expected better based on the hype, but as far as I can tell this book is a list of qualities revered by Hugo thinly (very) encased in a description of a person. Although that would be monotonous in itself, Hugo's ideas of what constitute high character and worthy citizenship seem to be those of an arrogant and naive teenager.


    Has Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read and enjoyed many other books in this genre. In fact, I was slightly embarrassed never to have read this one. Now I know why.


    What three words best describe George Guidall’s performance?

    Fluent, measured, adept.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It probably saved me the ticket price of the movie or show.


    Any additional comments?

    I only got through a few hours before giving up, so it may have gotten radically better and I don't wish to dissuade those who have better stamina than I.

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    Lindsey 02-15-13
    Lindsey 02-15-13
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    "Excellent, but GEEEEZ it's long."
    Where does Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I know, I know. I knew Les Mis was a long book when I ordered this. But sheeeeesh. It's taken me from November through February to finish it all. Normally, I don't believe in abridged versions of books, but I wish I'd made an exception in this case. It's beautifully written, and excellently performed, but I could maybe have done without a few of the tangential (albeit interesting) history lessons. At least as a listener with a one year old.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    hahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahahaha


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    Wendy M. Gallington Oberlin, KS United States 02-14-13
    Wendy M. Gallington Oberlin, KS United States 02-14-13
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    "A true classic, wonderfully read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What a perfect way to enjoy this classic story.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His delightful voice and knowledge of French pronunciation.


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    Timothy Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada 02-11-13
    Timothy Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada 02-11-13
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    "A classic, very well narrated"

    This book is deservedly a classic! It is a story of transformation worked by grace, narrated with great skill. Hugo's prose is rich and multi-layered and a pleasure to listen to.

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    Mary Ypsilanti, MI, United States 02-11-13
    Mary Ypsilanti, MI, United States 02-11-13
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    "Movie was very good--the audio book is WONDERFUL"

    In a world of sound bites & fast reads, this long audio book is a beautiful pattern interrupt. It is beautifully narrated and the characters are fully developed beyond what a couple hour movie or stage presentation can capture. The beginning of the book gives a wonderful insight into the Bishop who gave sanctuary to the escape convict Jean Valjean, which is barely touched upon in the movie. That relationship seeded a spiritual awakening that is central to Victor Hugo's story. The other main characters also come with stories of their own that bring depth in the listening or reading of this book. The movie and the stage presentation of Les Miz are great, I highly recommend them, but the revolting of the youth that preceded the revolution was not the only story in this book. I am absolutely loving listening to this Classic

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    Edward Portland, OR, United States 02-11-13
    Edward Portland, OR, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose the most enjoyable?

    This is one of the best novels ever written. I was a little wary of starting the unabridged version, but I can't stop listening. Even Hugo's long asides are interesting and entertaining in this read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    When Victor Hugo dives into the character's souls, it's easy to amaze at the depth of understand this writer had for his time.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George Guidall is a fantastic reader. The voices of the characters, the excellent pronuctiation of French words, and the dramatic tones at the right times make for an excellent interpretation of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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