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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.
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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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    Marcia A. Greer Colorado 03-20-14
    Marcia A. Greer Colorado 03-20-14 Member Since 2012

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    "The Whole Story"
    If you could sum up Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome human story


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

    The rescue of Colette


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The forgiveness shown Valjean by the Bishop over the candlesticks theft


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to the dulcet tones of George Guidall convey Les Miserables made this audio book stellar. His perfect language skills; his emotion; his incredible character-capturing tones. . . they all lend the most compelling ambiance to this book. And to hear the entire story is something no one should miss. Tho' the screenwriters did a perfect job of condensing the basic story to the movie, to know all the background and the human story Hugo was telling is what makes Les Miserables a book for all. Besides, you get a pretty good history of Napoleonic wars. I would've had a hard time READING those parts, Guidall made it a joy. I listen while I do through-hole soldering (my job), and it made work something I couldn't wait to do.

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    John 02-20-14
    John 02-20-14
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    "Be ready, more than just a story"
    Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

    Yes, It exceeded my expectations. A classic tale using contemporary American phraseology but not noticeably modern.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean val Jean, The evolution of this character embodies everything Hugo is trying to illustrate about his views of how man and the society should evolve.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I definitely would select his work again. An excellent narration, perfect transitions between scenes and characters. Very well done!


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

    No, too long to even consider that


    Any additional comments?

    I read the print version years ago and figured it would be easier to listen, than try to read it again and I was correct. Had the narration been less than excellent I may not have made it through. This is really several books in one. The story of Jean val Jean, Cozette, Javier, etc., A history of the French revolutions 1789-1833, A political commentary on the evolution of French politics from King Louis through Bonaparte, through the restoration and fall, and lastly a social commentary of Paris during that era. Hugo has an extremely loquacious writing style so be prepared to endure all of these digressions. Nevertheless, the plot of the book and the development of the characters is superb. A skilled editor could remove half the text and nothing important would be lost.

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    Patricia San Diego, CA, United States 01-07-14
    Patricia San Diego, CA, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "unbelievably fantastic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This is my first audible book. I feel that I have entered a new & wonderful world.


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

    Everything was spectacular about this book.


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

    George Guidall is a great reader. A good reader is crucial to the book's enjoyment.


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    Chris memphis, TN, United States 12-24-13
    Chris memphis, TN, United States 12-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This ain't your high school abridged version"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose to be better than the print version?

    Les Mis is a classic, but there's no doubt there are parts that can drag. Having George Guidall's amazing voice helps those parts fly by painlessly.


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    Mz D 09-19-13
    Mz D 09-19-13
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    "Classic for a Reason"
    Where does Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 2 out of all books I've ever read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean ValJean was my favorite character because of his decision to change and to stick to his word


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

    Jean Valjean


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

    No, because the book is much too long but quite necessary to the story


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book!

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    Bill United States 07-26-13
    Bill United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "awesome, moving story"
    What did you love best about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    A well known story, but I was glad to hear it all - even the parts about the Paris sewers. There is no way I would have read the book. The audible version is great.


    What other book might you compare Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose to and why?

    None.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I listened to Babbit. And this narrator is fabulous in Les Mis. He changes his voice for each character. It's like listening to a stage play. Very engaging.


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

    It actually took me about 5 months to listen to the whole thing. I only listened on my commute to work and back. As you probably know, it's a VERY long book.


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    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 07-01-13
    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story, excellent narration"
    What did you love best about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    George Guidall did a fantastic job of reading one of the best books I have ever read!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean val Jon because he is remarkable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GERALD Calgary, AB, Canada 06-25-13
    GERALD Calgary, AB, Canada 06-25-13
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    "Fatally Flawed"

    There's probably a great book buried somewhere here, but it's impossible to find. I've never seen such a bloated overwrought mass of verbiage in my life. This novel is in serious need of editing, and I mean brutal trimming.

    I cannot understand the reasoning behind the endless meanderings that take place in the story. For example, at one point the two protagonists are forced to take refuge in a convent. Fair enough. At this point the author goes into an extended discourse on the history of the convent, where it originated, it's ties to other religious orders, it's leaders, its rites, practices, and so many extraneous details so as to numb your senses and make your eyes glaze over. And it's all completely irrelevant to the story. COMPLETELY! And it's not a brief sidebar, it goes on for about an hour (at least it seemed that long to me).

    The author does this over and over, taking pains to explain details that have absolutely no bearing on the story. If any of these details were in some way entertaining then I guess you could justify it... but they simply aren't that interesting. They are monumentally boring.

    I did manage to finish the book, but it was a chore rather than a pleasure. I was just too stubborn to admit it was a waste of money (and time invested).

    Do yourself a favor and avoid this, or perhaps try an abridged version. I tend to avoid abridged versions, but this book may be the exception. It needs to be trimmed by at least one third, and maybe one half.

    It is a shame, because you can see that he is a great author, some of the passages are simply brilliant. This truly could have been a great novel. It just isn't.

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    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-19-13
    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great reader very long book."
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    This book was brutally long for me. I love the story, but not the length. The reader was fantastic. So if you are thinking of listening to les mis over reading it yourself, this audiobook did a great job. Be ready for a marathon though.

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    Joseph Bellevue, WA, USA 05-12-13
    Joseph Bellevue, WA, USA 05-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Absolutely Stunning"

    Maybe the best Audible purchase ever! Victor Hugo may be the greatest novelist to write in any language. Julie Rose's translation is a beautiful work of art. George Guidall couldn't have been better. The long essay sections on Waterloo, convents, slang and the Paris sewers were okay - DEFINITELY not a reason to avoid this moving, funny, riveting masterpiece.

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