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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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    Keith O'Loane 02-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Its a classic for a reason"
    If you could sum up Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose in three words, what would they be?

    Most definitely.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Its George Guidall!... there is no one better, some as good, but no one better.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did both


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kristi PLANO, TEXAS, United States 01-30-13
    Kristi PLANO, TEXAS, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Listen"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth to which each character is described and analyzed made this story extremely enjoyable for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have book marks all over this book so I can go back and visit certain ideas and philosophies that are explored.


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    Tony Davenport, IA, United States 01-30-13
    Tony Davenport, IA, United States 01-30-13
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    "Better than I've ever read of seen!"
    What did you love best about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Holy cats. This was my first audible book, but it will not be my last!

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    Tony Hinsdale, IL, United States 01-30-13
    Tony Hinsdale, IL, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "My best listening experience to date."
    What made the experience of listening to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose the most enjoyable?

    So rich in language and imagery and history.


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

    Once again this was wonderful. 60 hours of wonderful energy and perfect French.


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

    How the story continues to be so relevant.


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    Christianne Bennington Ohio 01-27-13

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    "To sit at Hugo's feet for hours...but...."
    Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

    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!!!


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

    No, Hugo crafted the story too well. I could not possibly pick one memorable moment from the many.


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

    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.


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

    There was no part that did not. It was thought provoking and surprisingly fresh at every turn.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mark Bothell, WA, United States 01-24-13
    Mark Bothell, WA, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This book is a gem!!!"
    What did you love best about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    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!


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

    There are so many memorable moments it is impossible to pick just one.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    R. Herzler 01-23-13
    R. Herzler 01-23-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A complete epic"
    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    I really liked the way Gavroche was done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did both. I laughed at the buffoonery of some of the characters at times, but I cried far more, especially at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mom of Boys! Charlotte, NC 01-17-13
    Mom of Boys! Charlotte, NC 01-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "FANTASTIC!! Best Book I've ever read! A MUST READ!"

    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!!

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    Raymond Louisville, Cayman Islands 01-14-13
    Raymond Louisville, Cayman Islands 01-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding!"
    If you could sum up Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, exciting & impressive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a true classic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jean ValJean's forgiveness & commission by the Bishop.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very impressed at the writing skill of Hugo. A bit verbose at times, but gifted.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Some parts great"

    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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