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))
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I love the way that Victor Hugo helps us to struggle with the characters as they face their moral dilemmas. It helps me to think about the challenges I have and gives me courage to make the correct decision.
A timeless story about the nature of social justice, individual morality and personal truth that has lead to modern , French liberalism.
No review can do this book justice: no praise or acclamation; neither wholesale endorsement nor conspicuous sycophancy; no list of qualities; no personal opinion. Nothing at all can be said of Les Miserables. We happy few who have read the whole book are content with silence. We remain lost in thought, hoveled in Hugo's world, forever recalling his story, deafened by echo.
Buy this audiobook. I'm referring to the version translated by Julie Rose and narrated by George Guidall. Buy it, listen to it, treasure it. The book will change your life. It is the best book, the most total and perfect book ever written.
I've been trying to read Les Mis for years and finally decided to try the audiobook and following along with the novel. Although the audiobook and novel are translated differently (which I didn't realize), I'm finally on page 500!
It is a wonderful story and even includes some history.
So far when Jean Valjean meets Cozette but I'm only 1/3 of the way through.
No, much too long for that, but I do listen about an hour each night.
The performance was fabulous but the length was unnecessary. Anyone who devotes an entire chapter to explaining why they aren't going to describe a particular scene has a problem.
If you want to listen to hours about Waterloo or '1800 slang' you will be delighted. I thought I would be listening to the story of a man redeemed and a love story between Marius and Cosette.
The reader is great but be prepared to listen at 1.5.
Who can contest Victor Hugo as being anything but an exceptional and gifted writer? This story is a monument to his genius. The reader did an excellent job of portraying the emotion and characters. Well done! However, at the end there is an attached "paper" on Hugo and the book that was entirely out of place and completely ruined the awe of Hugo's story and concluding lines. All 60 hours were an amazing journey which then ended in 30 minutes of some man's views of the whole thing. Story--brilliant. Ending--detrimental.
Julie Rose's translation of Les Mis is inspiring!
The purchase of Jean Val Jean's soul by the Bishop with his silver candlesticks; and, the revelation of what Jean Val Jean did for Marius and Cosette at the very end of the book is inspiring.
George Guidall did a great job of portraying the various characters throughout the book.
Les Miserable's, an epic story of intense joy, pain, happiness, sadness, justice, mercy - - - LOVE!
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