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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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    Vivian Wynnewood, PA, United States 04-04-13
    Vivian Wynnewood, PA, United States 04-04-13
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    "High-5"

    Victor Hugo's incredible, sweeping novel and a spot-on narration by George Guidall.
    I was completely mesmerized and emotionally involved the entire time.
    Thank you to Mr. Guidall for making this powerful story come to life.
    High-5! (Deserves more than 5 stars).

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    Christy Birmingham, AL, United States 04-03-13
    Christy Birmingham, AL, United States 04-03-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "A little lengthy at times but an outstanding read"
    Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

    Yes! It was a wonderful narrative, and it made the movie and all the musicals I have seen make more sense. It went in depth where the movies could not go. It got bogged down in details at times, but I found myself enraptured by the story. My brother says this is one of his all time favorite books. I have to agree.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting story with a gripping cast of characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when the priest gives Valjean the candle sticks as well as the silver he "stole" and forgives him for everything.


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

    No way. It was way too long.


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    Dana New Haven, CT 03-21-13
    Dana New Haven, CT 03-21-13 Member Since 2015

    Professional appreciator.

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    "Such great narration!"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scenes with Valjean and Cosette are my favorite. Very emotional and well read by Guidall.


    Any additional comments?

    George Guidall does such a great job reading this book! He has a really familiar voice and he made this very long book easy to understand for me. I did end up taking some of the previous suggestions and skipped over some of the long-winded passages where the author gets on his soapbox and gets a little preachy.

    The translation is also fantastic. I have one of the free Kindle versions of Les Miserables and this translation by Julie Rose is so much better.

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    Jennifer Charlotte, NC, United States 03-18-13
    Jennifer Charlotte, NC, United States 03-18-13
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    "Good narration"
    Where does Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean Valjean and Eponine


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Easy voice to listen to, especially for such a long book.


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

    Fathers love


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    Lynne Hersh 03-17-13
    Lynne Hersh 03-17-13

    Lynne

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    "More details than you can imagine"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The basic plot is familiar and the back story to so many of the characters is nice to learn but... three hours of the battle of Waterloo or over an hour on slang and its effect on language and society put me over the top.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It has not.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    DETAILS


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I really looked forward to the challenge of Les Mis however the constant detailing of flaws in society got to be preaching to me. Hugo is certainly a master and I wonder how many people could actually read this book in the late 1800's when few were educated to read.

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    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 03-17-13
    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "finaly,frederick davidsons monopoly shattered."

    for the past 30 years since audiobooks became popular,this trully GREAT novel has had one and only one unabridged reading available,that of fredrick davidsons terrible narration.His reading was sooooo bad I could only listen to abridged readings and that is enouph to make a lover of this book weep[or screem].finaly,here is a great novel read by a great reader translated by a great translater...all the gods are alighned with this audiobook..YOU WILL LOVE ALL 60+ hours OF IT.....if i were stranded on a diserted island with only one audiobook[ loaded in my atomic powered ipod],it would be this .ENJOY

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 03-15-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2016

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Worth most of the 60.5 hours"

    I have been wanted to read/listen to Les Mis for years, having seen the musical production a dozen times or more. It was not until the recent movie that I was inpired to delve into Hugo's thome.

    I liked it, a lot, but I didn't quite love it. There was lots I learned, the deeper story, connections between characters, etc., that is not included in the musical & movie, and I enjoyed understanding that back story more. That's one of the many reasons books are generally better than movies. I appreciated the depth of character development and story. What I didn't appreciate were details of the battle of Waterloo or the instracacies of the Paris sewer system that didn't really move the story forward.

    I think there was also something lost, for me, in listening to this book. The narration was lovely, including the French names & places spoken with a beautiful accent. And that was my problem. I don't know the French language and when the narrator spoke the name of a person or place I didn't recognize from one time to the next; it just didn't stick with me, which left me confused at times as I wasn't sure if we were talking about a person or place that had already been introduced. I think had I read it, I would have at least recognized those names/places, even if I couldn't say them.

    I am looking forward to revisiting both the stage production and movie to see if I can find things that I hadn't noticed before, but now know they reference the book.

    Should you listen to this? Absolutely.

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    Mary LOS ALTOS, CA, United States 03-14-13
    Mary LOS ALTOS, CA, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book!"

    This book is a life changer. It makes me want to be a better person.

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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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