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Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose Audiobook

Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Mz D 09-19-13
    Mz D 09-19-13
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    "Classic for a Reason"
    Where does Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 2 out of all books I've ever read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean ValJean was my favorite character because of his decision to change and to stick to his word


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Jean Valjean


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

    No, because the book is much too long but quite necessary to the story


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book!

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    Bill United States 07-26-13
    Bill United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "awesome, moving story"
    What did you love best about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    A well known story, but I was glad to hear it all - even the parts about the Paris sewers. There is no way I would have read the book. The audible version is great.


    What other book might you compare Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose to and why?

    None.


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

    Yes. I listened to Babbit. And this narrator is fabulous in Les Mis. He changes his voice for each character. It's like listening to a stage play. Very engaging.


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

    It actually took me about 5 months to listen to the whole thing. I only listened on my commute to work and back. As you probably know, it's a VERY long book.


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    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 07-01-13
    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story, excellent narration"
    What did you love best about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    George Guidall did a fantastic job of reading one of the best books I have ever read!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean val Jon because he is remarkable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene


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

    The entire book


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    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-19-13
    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great reader very long book."
    Any additional comments?

    This book was brutally long for me. I love the story, but not the length. The reader was fantastic. So if you are thinking of listening to les mis over reading it yourself, this audiobook did a great job. Be ready for a marathon though.

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    Joseph Bellevue, WA, USA 05-12-13
    Joseph Bellevue, WA, USA 05-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Absolutely Stunning"

    Maybe the best Audible purchase ever! Victor Hugo may be the greatest novelist to write in any language. Julie Rose's translation is a beautiful work of art. George Guidall couldn't have been better. The long essay sections on Waterloo, convents, slang and the Paris sewers were okay - DEFINITELY not a reason to avoid this moving, funny, riveting masterpiece.

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    Amazon Customer 05-06-13

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    "One time the movie was better than the book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would say that it was well spent in that the musical and the movie touched my life so much that knowing the true way that it was written has enriched my understanding of both of those mediums. But the fact is that Victor Hugo was just not a master author and although this is a "classic" it's just poorly written in a lot of places.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Victor Hugo and Julie Rose (translator) again?

    I did listen to Victor Hugo again - I listened to the Hunchback of Notre Dame and this is the better of the two.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    His characterization is spot on. His consistency in vocalizing the different characters with such accuracy is nothing short of amazing and helps to keep in mind which character is speaking. Guidall is great.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is a movie and a musical and I did see both - many times.


    Any additional comments?

    See the movie first.

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    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 04-29-13
    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 04-29-13
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    "Great narrator for a GREAT novel!"
    Any additional comments?

    Not enough can be said about the spectacle that is Les Miserables. It's enlightened philosophy transcends its 18th century setting and truly makes the reader want to change. The characters of the book (although some are too good to be true) offer great insights into human nature and the transformational power of grace.
    George Guidall is truly an outstanding narrator.. so much so that I have searched for audiobooks that bear his name as narrator. Take my advice and buy this book. Make sure you stick it out to the end, it will be worth it!

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    Vanessa Renton, WA, United States 04-28-13
    Vanessa Renton, WA, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful, but drags with the history!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Wonderful character development, provoking dialogue, intriguing ideas... A true classic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Either Jean Valjean or Bishop Myrial. Valjean is very dynamic. His struggle to find himself and become either good or evil mirrors a lot of what goes on in society, and puts on display what astonshing changes can overcome a man who is given a bit of good luck and compassion.

    Bishop Myrial is also an interesting character, although a bit more 1 dimensional. He is nearly the definition of good and selfless, and listening to his story compels the listener to be more charitable in their own lives.


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

    I haven't read the book, but Guidall is a fantasy reader. His passion reading the dialogue, changing tone slightly so as to easily let the reader know who is speaking, and his pronunciation of the French words draws you into a different world.

    There's also a lot of history and background information that I surely wouldn't have been able to read through if it hadn't been read to me. Guidall puts good effort into keeping the less exciting sections bearable.


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

    60+ hours? No.


    Any additional comments?

    The book itself does have a lot of sections that move incredibly slow, discussing Water Loo or the whole history of the convent, or some other detail that isn't at all necessary to what is otherwise a very captivating plot. Many times I've been frustrated since I wanted to hear more on what happened to the characters and had to listen to literally hours of history. But some of the history is at least appreciated, as it gives this book a wonderful depth to fully immerse oneself into.

    In short, a bit long, but definitely worth it all the while!!

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    Linda 04-28-13
    Linda 04-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Tale! History lesson included!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It is a rich tale with a touch of history! Keeps you interested.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Maddelin, Im not sure how to spell it but the main character is my favorite.


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

    No, I haven't listened to him before but he did an outstanding job on this book.


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

    Every part that the main character was able to pull himself, and others, out of a situation by digging deep and forcing himself to go on.


    Any additional comments?

    The entire book including the history lessons that intertwine are fasinating and mind capturing. You want to finish it in one sitting, which is impossible to do if you work or go to school or have a life.

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    Janet RALEIGH, NC, United States 04-14-13
    Janet RALEIGH, NC, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "way to long."
    Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

    Never. Way to long. To many detailes.
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Victor Hugo and Julie Rose (translator) ? Why or why not?

    Yes. Not so many details.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The ending.


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

    Cosett being cared for by Jon and being reunited with her true love.


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