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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

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

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    K. P. Cunningham North Carolina, USA 03-06-13
    K. P. Cunningham North Carolina, USA 03-06-13 Member Since 2008

    I listen to books while I do the repetitive part of my job and while I do yard work. I can't use audiobooks that require strict attention.

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    "Unabridged was a bad choice"

    If I was editing this book now, I would take Hugo's soapbox away. Every day, there was a new rant about education, politics, religion, a new topic, a new rant. And they lasted for 2 hours.

    The narrator was good and I found the characters engaging. I finally gave up on the book because my interest in the characters was outweighed by the tedium of the sermons.

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    Kindle Customer EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT, United States 03-06-13
    Kindle Customer EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT, United States 03-06-13
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    "I feel educated, edified and changed by this book."
    If you could sum up Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose in three words, what would they be?

    No better book!


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

    The lecture on thievery that Jean Val Jean gives to Montparnasse about the difficulty behind stealing. After that speech, it's unthinkable that anyone would rationally turn to a life of stealing that wasn't at the last threads of desperation.


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

    I haven't heard George Guidall's readings before, but he did a marvelous job. I was clinging to every word.


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

    This book will take weeks to get through, but you'll wish it took longer.


    Any additional comments?

    They just don't write with this kind of education and insight anymore.

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    Jim Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-06-13
    Jim Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Hugo in contemporary slang?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I might condense some of the digressions from the main plot by the author. The major change would be a translation that reflects the language used in the 19th century, not one that reflects useage at the middle school level in the 21st.


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

    I find the scope and subject matter similar to that of several works of Tolstoy. In both cases, a sweeping saga but with major segments reflecting the authors philosophy, perspective, and love of their country.


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

    Really can't chose a single character; I thought he did a good job with many of the characters.


    Did Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose inspire you to do anything?

    I am inspired to learn more about France in the 1800s-whether I actually am able to take the time to do this remains to be seen.


    Any additional comments?

    I should have chosen a different translation. Perhaps listening to a few pages would have directed me to one more in tune with the times described in the book.

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    Francisco Ocala, FL, United States 03-05-13
    Francisco Ocala, FL, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Such a rich and amazing story"
    What made the experience of listening to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose the most enjoyable?

    The story itself is so rich and varied. It comprises so many stories into one book and I loved that.


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

    The story of jean valjean and cosette was so touching and amazing.


    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?

    The very begining when the father had mercy on jean valjean and gave him the silver


    Any additional comments?

    A must read

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    Terry 03-04-13
    Terry 03-04-13 Member Since 2001
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    "TRULY A CLASSIC."
    If you could sum up Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose in three words, what would they be?

    SAD, SAD, SAD. THE STORY WAS SO TRUTHFUL FROM THE HISTORY I HAVE READ ABOUT THIS PERIOD, THAT I WOULD LISTEN TO A DIFFERENT BOOK BETWEEN PARTS, TO AVOID BEING DEPRESSED. VERY AUTHENIC AND HISTORICAL. GLAD THAT I LISTENED TO IT. VERY IMPRESSIVE READING. I NEVER FINISHED AND WASN'T IMPRESSED WHEN I READ IT. I LOVED THIS READING.


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

    THE WHOLE BOOK. WOULDN'T HAVE FINISHED IF NOT READ SO WELL.


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    Sarah Sailer Loveland, CO, US 03-04-13
    Sarah Sailer Loveland, CO, US 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely my all time favorite"
    Where does Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I cannot say enough about this novel. I love the film with Liam Neesen - and set out to read the book. Completed the first part - (though the historical sections are tough) and then realized, with my audible membership - I should just listen. The narrator on this novel is wonderful. It is immensely helpful to have it read to you - and aids with the difficulties in not being a French citizen (unfamiliar with the history of France and the details of Paris). His accent, his voices - everything was wonderful. I am, and will always be - in love with this story of redemption. The book is SO much better than the film (as always)....


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    Amazon Customer Greenfield, WI, United States 03-03-13
    Amazon Customer Greenfield, WI, United States 03-03-13
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    "Very well done!"
    Any additional comments?

    The Julie Rose translation is the best English version of this all-time classic. Other translations are more precise, but this one embodies the spirit of the original much better. The prosidy between Hugo's words and Guidall's tone is remarkable.

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    Brett Owatonna, MN, United States 03-02-13
    Brett Owatonna, MN, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2015

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I like them.

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

    George Guidall is probably my favorite narrator, his voice is expressive, rich, and he develops fantastic voices for various characters. Couple his narration with this epic of a story and you have a real winner.


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    Paul Holmdel, NJ, USA 02-28-13
    Paul Holmdel, NJ, USA 02-28-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Outstanding - Gets Better With Each Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose to be better than the print version?

    Yes - George Guidall's narration brings this novel alive. If you enjoyed the recent movie or Broadway show do yourself a favor and listen to the complete novel. The emotions and character development will immeasurably enhance your enjoyment of the movie/show.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean Val Jean for his depth and complexity.


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    Jonathan White Apache Junction, AZ, United States 02-27-13
    Jonathan White Apache Junction, AZ, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't settle for the movie versions!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to my family and friends because this translation by Julie Rose is matchless, like wiping a thick layer of dust off a portrait and Mr. Guidall's narration is engaging and delightful. It's easy to understand why great artists have attempted to bring this to the stage, the movies, and even Orson Welles 7 part radio adaptation.
    Allow this book to inspire you as well. I should avoid the cliche that it will change your life but just give it a try. The characters are richly drawn, history and Paris and a people are brought to life.
    Hugo's understanding of suffering and redemption is without equal. Such great concepts to pursue between the Privileged vs. the Dispossessed, aptly labeled the party of envy and the party of scorn.
    Here the Christian ideal is worked out by Bishop Bienvenu and Jean Valjean, hardly recogniseable these days.
    Don't be satisfied with the fast food versions, just mere snacks compared to this magnificent feast.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't pick one, beause all the players from the fops to college students and the villains capture our interest and sympathy.
    However, Gavaroche proves that Hugo is a master. All these characters have depth and individuality not found in what passes for literature these days. Nothing simple, black and white.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He was able to make the sections on the backstory interesting and if you're open-minded, you'll truly appreciate his patient and imaginative effort.


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