We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$48.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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))

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (1107 )
5 star
 (701)
4 star
 (240)
3 star
 (94)
2 star
 (34)
1 star
 (38)
Overall
4.5 (969 )
5 star
 (658)
4 star
 (184)
3 star
 (75)
2 star
 (28)
1 star
 (24)
Story
4.6 (962 )
5 star
 (696)
4 star
 (178)
3 star
 (56)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (16)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    january huntersville, NC, United States 10-15-12
    january huntersville, NC, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    451
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    136
    95
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    87
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "one of the greatest books of all time"

    I loved the movie but hated the play. I was nervous about listening to a 60 hour book. What if it was more like the play and I hated it? But I really had nothing to worry about. This book is like neither the movie, nor the play. It is rich in history and emotion. It meanders off for hours at a time, then comes neatly back to pick up exactly where it left off without losing any steam or momentum. Not only is it a captivating and heartbreaking story, it is a first hand look into French history.

    After awhile you may start to feel that you aren't getting anywhere in the story because of all the side stories. But don't despair. It is all there for a reason and it is well worth sticking to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Casey Bridgeport, WV, United States 04-26-12
    Casey Bridgeport, WV, United States 04-26-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "You can't beat Hugo."
    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for something entertaining but with great breadth, this is your book. I found the narrator to be spectacular and obviously, Victor Hugo's writing is superb. Its a long listen, but worth every minute.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rebecca 11-16-13
    Rebecca 11-16-13 Member Since 2009

    Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    213
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    126
    82
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    15
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So Much More than the Operetta"

    The book is very complicated - about 1/4 of the book are "digressions" where Hugo discusses topics as diverse as Waterloo, the Paris sewer system, slang, the penal system, politics, cloisters, Paris rich, Paris poor and more. While these passages are hard to wade through - they prepare the reader for later passages, and add a little suspense as we want to get back to the story of Jean Valjean and others.

    Nothing is absolute with Hugo, he examines both sides of issues - he may rail on Catholic cloisters, but Valjean's road to salvation starts with an act of kindness by a priest, and later he and Cosette are living in a convent.

    Overall, the book is about what is good/evil and the possibility of redemption but how society's conventions may get in the way. While reading the book, I was struck to the similarity in construction to "War and Peace" (a fabulous story with many digressions). This makes sense since Tolstoy and Hugo were contemporaries and "Les Misérables" was published 7 years before Tolstoy's masterpiece.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brad bemidji, MN, USA 03-08-13
    Brad bemidji, MN, USA 03-08-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Buy the Abridged Version"
    What did you like best about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose? What did you like least?

    The Narrator was Phenominal but the unabridged version has way too much dead space that takes away from the story - long, drawn out sections that don't take the reader anywhere. I suspect the abridged version would eliminate a lot of that. Great Story.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    EXCELLENT!! His ability to change voice was great - you always knew who's part he was speaking throughout the entire book...even the progression of the aging characters.


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

    It is, and yes, can't wait. Wanted to finish the book first and finally did last night.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pink lady 12-26-12
    Pink lady 12-26-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "From high school to now!"

    I first read this book in high school English for extra credit. I was not a "reader" at all like my parents were and when I picked it up to read it a second time-they were shocked. I have continued to like the story line and have seen the musical 7 times. I mention this so you realize that I am partial and would love hearing this book read to me since you already have my "attention". Grin. That being said, I love the voice of the reader and by listening to the book, I have remembered more parts that were not in the musical and appreciated what a huge and successful undertaking it was to make this book into that awesome musical.

    I just saw the movie last night and will keep this book downloaded so I can go back to it when I choose.

    A classic all should listen to for so many ways I am not equipped to express in fairness.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John 12-13-12
    John 12-13-12 Member Since 2014

    I am a Christian young man who loves to listen to audiobooks at work.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I think this book changed my life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was an amazing book. I usually prefer casual books, that don't require much thought, but are rather read for entertainment purposes. I don't know why exactly I picked this book, other than the fact that I loved the narrator, George Guidall's work on other books and the book was on sale when I purchased it. I won't spoil anyone with plot details, but the book made me a better person. Seeing the change in some of the main characters caused me to be a more charitable person and since reading this book I have started to make plans to bring joy to people's life this Christmas (2012). I praise God for Victor Hugo and the talent that was bestowed upon him. Everything about this book was great. I am a much better person after listening to this recording.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean Valjean was my favorite character but I related more to Marius


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

    Guillermond (not sure how to spell it, but the old grandpa of Marius)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel Shepherdstown, WV, United States 12-12-12
    Daniel Shepherdstown, WV, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very good, but not great."

    The characters are so well developed you feel like you know them. There are some great moral players here, starting with the bishop and, eventually, Jean Valjean.

    My biggest problem is that Hugo tends to go off on side topics and not come back for awhile. I swear he spent 1 1/2 hours on the sewers of Paris. And while Waterloo is interesting, it's not two hours interesting--especially when it doesn't add that much to the story. There are 1/2 dozen topics that he just goes on and on about without really adding to the story. This added hours and hours to an already long book. George Guidall is one of my favorite readers, but I wonder if the abridged version wouldn't work a little better.

    Also, I thought the ending was a bit too much. Almost felt like a Hallmark classic...

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Janice Sacramento, CA, United States 11-06-12
    Janice Sacramento, CA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Way to Read a Long Involved Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great narrator; I have listened to other books he read. I loved the Les Miserables movie but I wanted to read the book, too. With 60 hours of narration, this was the ideal way to read the book while driving, housework, etc. This was my first Audible book and my first review.


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

    Jon val Jon (spelling probably incorrect!)


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

    No; 60 hours long.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Grace San Diego, CA 10-13-12
    Grace San Diego, CA 10-13-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Beautiful Novel"
    If you could sum up Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose in three words, what would they be?

    I love the opera version of Les Mis. I was hesitant to read the book because I did not think it would be as entertaining. Wrong! If anything, Victor Hugo paints the characters and the scenes so vividly, I can't stop listening! This is easily becoming my favorite book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rebecca Roztocil Caledonia, New York United States 09-03-12
    Rebecca Roztocil Caledonia, New York United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    40
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    39
    31
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow!"
    What made the experience of listening to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose the most enjoyable?

    The reader is one of my favorite. Although Hugo can be exceptionally wordy, the reader's voice, inflections and style make it easy to listen, enjoy and just absorb the intent of what the author is communicating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jean Valjean meets Cosette in the woods and rescues her from the Thenardier's.


    Any additional comments?

    This story cannot be abridged and still possess the same power. By today's standards, Hugo can be difficult to read as he is very wordy, and the historical narrative is long and detailed. However, it is integral to understanding the significance of why the characters were motivated to do what they did. The story, the characters - everything about this book is phenomenal. Those who are diligent and listen to the entire story will reap the rewards. Also, the narrator must be given major credit for making the experience so enjoyable. This is the best reading of this great tale out there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-20 of 120 results PREVIOUS12312NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.