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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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    Danial 11-03-16
    Danial 11-03-16
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    "Even more glorious than when I read it!"
    Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

    Les Miserables is my favorite book and musical of all time. I read it a long time ago and wanted to experience the story again but I didn't know how I would get through a 1400 page book again. My commute is long so the 61 hour run time of the audible book seemed like a great way to spend two-ish months.


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

    This question is not answerable for Les Miserables. There are so many moments that are clearly memorable. I did feel the translation was lovely. I read the book a long time ago and do not speak French - so hearing the French words was much better than reading them.


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

    Oh, dear - all of them! His reading was fantastic. When I listened to the sample, I was unsure of how it would be but after listening to 61 hours, I love how George read the book. His French pronunciation was perfection and his subtle changes for the characters were really something special.


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

    This is not a book you could listen to in one sitting as it would take you almost three days straight - with no breaks. As it was, I listened over the course of two months about 2 hours a day and that was just right. Although there are times when I wanted to just sit in my car and finish a section - particularly the end at the barricade.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have 61 hours to spare and enjoy the idea of Les Miserables but are daunted by the giant book - this is really the right thing to select to listen to. It is marvelous.

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    KAWAM 10-25-16
    KAWAM 10-25-16
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    ""The Kids?" "Don't go there!""

    Apparently, it's just me. I had to stop listening to this deep, thought-provoking novel because the 2016 barely-middle-school English jars me from the textured pleasure of Hugo's themes and into a fierce desire to pull out an editor's red pen. Hearing a character "and his kids" went somewhere or did something? Seriously? The phrase "don't go there" inserted into a passage on considering uncomfortable thoughts? Too many examples.

    I read a lot of classic novels and find particular enjoyment in the language used by our more literary and cosmopolitan forebears. This translation probably does make the story more accessible but at the high cost of historical dissonance.

    Sadly, I'm turning this one back in (and losing the Most Excellent Mr. Guidall--no complaints there) for a more historically appropriate translation.

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    Bond James Bond 10-17-16 Member Since 2008

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    "good story!"

    I knew it was 60 hours, and well recommended, and I've always liked George Guidall reading. I would have liked it just as much at half the length. It goes into way too much detail. Do we really need 2-3 hours about the battle of Waterloo?
    Still, glad I listened to it. Kept hearing music from the play and movie while listening.

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    Patrick Montandon 10-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring!"

    I was SO sad when it ended but it was SO prefect. the reader did a fabulous job with voices and French

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    Alfred 10-11-16
    Alfred 10-11-16
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    "The Greatest story of the modern Era."

    the narrator was flawless, the best rendition of Les Mis I've ever enjoyed. Loved it.

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    Barb Larsen Utah 09-27-16
    Barb Larsen Utah 09-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "POWERFUL!"

    I have never loved a book more than I love Les Miserables! Each character taught me something about myself!

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    Zachary United States 09-23-16
    Zachary United States 09-23-16 Member Since 2011
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    "This novel is my soulmate "

    Absolutely amazing. While not an entry-level novel, this is one worth training for. A French, Catholic and far better Moby Dick. If you read 19th century novels, don't miss this one.

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    Elizabeth F McKay 09-15-16
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    "The Compelling Narration of Les Miserables"

    A book with such passion and compassion requires the very best of narrators, and George Guidall fits that requirement to perfection. One cannot convey characters or settings well without understanding them, and Guidall captures each and every character and episode ideally.

    I'm new to audio books, and for a long time didn't think I'd have the patience to listen to books. I now have an entirely favorable attitude, in large part because of the gift of this narration.

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    James DiPasquale Coconut Creek, FL United States 09-03-16
    James DiPasquale Coconut Creek, FL United States 09-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The Best Audible Book - Bar None!"
    Where does Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Best Audible Book - Bar None!


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

    You enter a world that is so deep and perfectly explained that you come away not only loving the story of the lives of the many characters, but also having been to a university of history!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jean Valjean carries Marius through the sewers.


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

    There is humor, there is intrigue, I even wept.


    Any additional comments?

    Of all the Audible books I have downloaded, and there are many, many of them, this is one of my all time favorites. I have listened to it 3 times and it is always new and very exciting. By the way, be prepared. If you think you know the story because you have watched the movie, think again. The popular renditions of this tale are merely a minute fraction of the complete story! I'm not exaggerating at all when I say this. In fact, after you read this book you will think that my assertion was an understatement! The author completely recreates every bit of back story for every significant character! Not only that, but you will learn much about France, the French Revolution, the convents, even the intricacies of the sewer system of Paris! I cannot more highly recommend this book! Buy it, learn from it, cherish it! It may very well change your outlook on life!

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    O. Anderson Dallas, TX 08-31-16
    O. Anderson Dallas, TX 08-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining Performance, Outstanding Translation"
    Where does Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is well known and one of my favorites. This is a must read novel. I especially appreciated the essay at the end of the audio book - it was a great way to "wind down" and contemplate what I had just experienced.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean Valjean, of course. He was redeemed.


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

    The narration was phenomenal. The dramatic emphasis was entertaining and I never tired of listening to him, even after 60 hours.


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

    Very touching in many places. This translation was noticeably more accessible and understandable than the free ebook version I read a few years ago.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the unabridged version once in print and now a second time by audio, I would opt for an abridged version next time. The detail often interrupts the flow of the story taking you further away from the action than you want to be.

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