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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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    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 Member Since 2016
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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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    Anita Parrish, FL, United States 02-27-13
    Anita Parrish, FL, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Time well spent"

    I bought this book for my kids to read in high school. I'm not sure if either of them finished it. The book sat for years on the shelf and occassionally I would look at it and think I might try it, but being a slow reader I never did. I downloaded the book and within 10 minutes I was hooked. I love George Guidall and he did a great job.
    I was always told the story was about a man who went to prison for stealing bread. That was all. This book is so much more. I will never tell anyone it is about a man who stole bread. It is a book about lies, abuse, treachery and plain old meanness. It is about grace, mercy, compassion, loyalty, love and honor.


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    TripToc 02-22-13
    TripToc 02-22-13

    What could be better than a great book?

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    "Completely Wonderful, as expected."
    Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

    I will probably listen to this over and over, it is one of those books I could easily read at any point and fall right into the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The long discourses and descriptions bring the characters, events, and settings to life in a very sharp and real way.


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

    His pronunciation of the French names, words, and locations further serves to place the listener in the story. Reading these words in my head, I would probably skip pronouncing them completely and subsequently lose that effect.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Do you Hear the People Sing?" Ha. I admit that I took this from the musical's song- but honestly, it's a story that really makes you root for the people.


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    Dennis burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 02-21-13
    Dennis burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 02-21-13
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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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