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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“Rich and gorgeous. This is the [translation] to read.” (Times (London))
Its George Guidall!... there is no one better, some as good, but no one better.
I did both
This book is over 40 hours long and it seemed like it was over in the blink of an eye. I love the musical and wanted to listen to the book before the movie version hit the screens. I am soooo glad I did. The background information you get on these characters is amazing. To know why the Bishop Myriel is the way he is, to get the background of Fantine how she came to have Cosette and how the Thénardiers are (the are quite despicable in the book, not the comic relief they are in the play) where they are in life and to feel Valjean's anguish and inner turmoil is utterly amazing. Also when Hugo goes on about Paris or the Battle of Waterloo, if you are a history fan, get a map and a lot of what is read will come alive. I just loved the book... so did my kids, my 12 year old daughter is now reading it and my 14 year old son just finished it.
The depth to which each character is described and analyzed made this story extremely enjoyable for me.
I have book marks all over this book so I can go back and visit certain ideas and philosophies that are explored.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holy cats. This was my first audible book, but it will not be my last!
So rich in language and imagery and history.
Once again this was wonderful. 60 hours of wonderful energy and perfect French.
How the story continues to be so relevant.
I would - but now I know what parts to skip!!! Don't misunderstand, I appreciate a well written essay and Hugo and I have many points of view in common. However, Les Miserables is mislabeled as a fictional dramatic novel. The novel is IN the text, but there is quite a bit of rhetoric as well. I did LOVE the essays - just not so fully expanded within the text of the novel. Now, to have sat at Hugo's feet for hours and listened........THAT would have been wonderful!!!
No, Hugo crafted the story too well. I could not possibly pick one memorable moment from the many.
Bishop Myriel. The performance was solid throughout, but Guidall made sure the Bishop never became an unbelievable, simpering mass of 'do goodness'. He remained real.
There was no part that did not. It was thought provoking and surprisingly fresh at every turn.
It should be required reading for all, but may be better appreciated in the latter years. It requires a stretch for a young mind to appreciate the nuances that exist within each character.
This is about the best I can imagine audible has to offer. The story is great. The reading was wonderful. I've read reviews about the translation not being so great well all I can say is it shines through for me wonderfully!
There are so many memorable moments it is impossible to pick just one.
I started another book and went back to listen to this a second time. Part of that is because I miss the voice. He has a wonderful storytellers voice. I also liked how he did the characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is hard to believe that a book so long can continue to keep me so engaged but it did right up to the end.
I really liked the way Gavroche was done.
I did both. I laughed at the buffoonery of some of the characters at times, but I cried far more, especially at the end.
What an amazing and epic tale, from top to bottom. Sorrow and woe, hope and bravery, love, hate, despicable people, saints on earth... It has the power to change/shift your perspective on relating to people and life, if you allow it to. Highly recommended.
This is by far the BEST book I have ever read!! I can't believe I haven't read it before now and that it wasn't required reading in school/college!!! Hugo's writing style took a little getting use. Julie Rose's translation was great and Guidall's narration was great!!! The story was overwhelming!!! I absolutely couldn't quit listening - even though some of the "history" was long but by the end of the book it was so well worth it!!! Now that I am finished, I feel like I have lost a friend - what will I do w/myself!!! Even though this is so long, you WILL NOT regret spending your time with a story and characters who will make you look at life in a different way. This is a book I will never, ever forget!!
Captivating, exciting & impressive.
It's a true classic.
Jean ValJean's forgiveness & commission by the Bishop.
Very impressed at the writing skill of Hugo. A bit verbose at times, but gifted.
The unabridged version is huge (59 hrs), but totally worth the time. Plus, this narrator is one of the best I've ever listened to. He made the book come alive with his French accent & expressions!
First of all George Guidall is my favorite narrator and as narrator for Les Mis he is nothing short of amazing.
Now for my less than stellar review. Some parts of this book were very interesting well written and moving. However I am not cerebral enough to enjoy all of the philosophizing and long ramblings. Very long book and to me disjointed. Even George, who would make a dictionary interesting, could not keep me going.
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