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Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose Audiobook

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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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 05-29-14
    Marcia 05-29-14 Member Since 2016

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    "This narrator is incredible!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose to be better than the print version?

    I tried to read Les Mis three times before but kept getting stuck on "french" words that would make my reading choppy and then I gave up. I used a credit to purchase this unabridged version and was blown away. It did take me a month to finish this book because it is sooo long, but now I can finally say I have finished it.


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    Joe Atkin 04-01-14
    Joe Atkin 04-01-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Only a 4 star b/c too long - my fault though"
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    I've loved the musical and various on-screen adaptations since I was young. I still loved this book, but it was just too long for me. The unabridged version (which this is) has too much in the way of descriptions of the French revolution, wars, and sewer systems for my liking. Others may love that, though! The reading was really quite good, and the story is timeless.

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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-26-14
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2009

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    "A history lesson wrapped in a classic..."

    I have a new appreciation for French history, enough so that I am now listening to Paris by one of my favorite authors Edward Rutherfurd. Generally I'm not a fan of musicals, but the movie adaption of the stage musical left me wanting more and so, I downloaded the book. I'm extremely happy I did.

    Hugo goes off on long tangents that have only a loose connection to what is actually happening in the book. He takes on the church, the government, various levels of society at the time, and provides a rather lengthy description of the events on the battlefield of Waterloo. As a history buff I enjoyed most of the diatribes but a couple did become tedious and left me longing for a return to the story, a fascinating, heart wrenching, amazing story. I've since learned some more about Victor Hugo and have a better understanding for who he was and his mind set at the time of the writing of this classic. It's given me an appreciation that I didn't have while listening to the book but that would have enriched the experience.

    It's a five star story with five star narration for me, but it's not an easy listen. The author seems to want you to suffer at certain points. Hugo's protagonist and antagonist are much more complex in the book than could possibly be displayed on stage in the allotted time. This book is worth reading for those that are new to Les Miserables and lovers of the stage experience alike.

    Endure the authors detours if you are not one who loves a history lesson, embrace them if you are, but take the time to listen and feel the emotions that Hugo forces upon you and you will love it.

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    Nancy 03-24-14
    Nancy 03-24-14
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    "Sits on my mental bookshelf next to the Bible"
    What did you love best about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    I really appreciated the narration of George Guidall. He was an excellent choice of actor to record this important work. He has great character voices, inflections, masterful skill in being the "one man show" of Les Miserable. (I hope he received some kind of award or recognition!) The reason why many start Les Miserables but never finish is that between Hugo's verbose language and the complicated and continuous (to modern eyes) French language references make it a very dense read. Yet, if you approach this book as if you were sitting in a big leather armchair before a fire with someone such as George Guidall reading it to you, with all the phrasing and correct pronunciations in context, Hugo's pageant opens up to you. Not only is it a great work of literature, it is profoundly deep, entertaining, sentimental and moving. If the musical/operetta version (excellent in it's own genre) Les Miserables is a six-inch ruler, the book is a yard-stick!


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

    So many - off the top, where Jean Val Jean finds Cossette in the forest when she is getting water, later when Marius falls in love with her in the Luxembourg Gardens; the characterization of Marius' grandfather, the description of the Battle of Waterloo. The night Jean Val Jean agonizes over whether or not he should turn himself in when a man of mistaken identity may be condemned in his place. All fantastic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Of the many memorable scenes, my favorite is where the three orphaned boys take shelter in the Elephant of the Bastille during a thunderstorm. It was months ago that I originally read it, yet it continues to haunt me. It was touchingly adorable, funny and horrifying all at once.


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

    As a joke - You haven't cried so much since Bambi's Mother died! Seriously - the story that asks and answers our universal questions about life - with one word.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the value if you get it as a single purchase or on a membership. It took me a year to complete the audio version and that was with being able to listen to it at extended periods at a time. And what was the first thing I did after wiping away my last tear on the last page? (so to speak) Hit the download button again to listen to the first part. I didn't want to leave and there is so much more to be gained again and again. I'm so glad this version of this book exists in this world. It truly has been a blessing in my life. If you can, please do invest the time. I hope you will find it equally moving.

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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
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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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