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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“Rich and gorgeous. This is the [translation] to read.” (Times (London))
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.
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.
When Jean Valjean meets Cosette in the woods and rescues her from the Thenardier's.
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.
Les Miserables is very much akin to scripture, and no doubt inspired from on high! A beautiful reading! Delightful from beginning to end!
I've listened to this book before by another translator. Julie Rose goes WAY beyond the standard translation and gives a lot of background on what is going on by explaining what people want after revolutions and how to keep them occupied while the revolution is going on to keep their minds off the hardships of a revolution.
Here we meet a man who was a criminal and in a time of need saved some lives. No on asked to see if he was a criminal. This should be a lesson for us. We seen it on the news where someone does something good/great and then we destroy them for past action criminal or non-criminal.
The story follows the actions of this 'criminal' who is a decent guy who just wants to be largely helpful to others. A great moral story that follows what the bible teaches us. Or should teach us.
I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity of experiencing this book. It was a great look at the psychology of human beings. And the conflicts of society.this is the book to which I will now judge all other books in the future. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book. You will not be disappointed.
Les Miserables, is a engaging book full of excitement and history. Other than the amazing plot line. Les Miserables tells the history of France, and the French Revolution. I suggest this book to everyone.
I own a small business and love to listen to books while tinkering in the garage, back yard, and on my road bike.
Just finished by second listen of this great book. So many hidden treasures were found this time through. Thanks Victor! Thanks Julie!
Life is too short to skip a great story, and ice cream.
A must read epic classical literature. Thanks to all the raving reviews of this translation, I am very happy I went with this version. On top of great writing and engrossing storyline, the great performance from George Guidall helped me to stay interested with this huge book to the end (something I would not have accomplished in print). Well worth the time, highly recommended. My next stop is Les Miserables on Broadway.
A captivating story but be prepared for long editorial comments by Hugo that have very little to do with the story that most of us are familiar with from theatrical renditions of it!
Les Mis: Love. Dreams. Freedom.
Valjean and Javert continually teach the lessons of love, grace, and the pursuit of what is good and noble. The characters are vast and complex; I love that Javert is an antagonist who is simply following his fixed philosophies of Good and Evil. Javert's insights before his downfall are awe-inspiring and get me every time.
Victor Hugo is wordy, but it's part of the charm. I've read an abridged version, an unabridged "brick" of a novel, and now I have listened to it here. This is my favorite classic novel, my favorite musical - it has so many lessons to teach readers.
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