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Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose Audiobook
Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose
Written by: 
Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
Narrated by: 
George Guidall
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

What the Critics Say

“Rich and gorgeous. This is the [translation] to read.” (Times (London))

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    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 04-29-13
    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 04-29-13
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    "Great narrator for a GREAT novel!"
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    Not enough can be said about the spectacle that is Les Miserables. It's enlightened philosophy transcends its 18th century setting and truly makes the reader want to change. The characters of the book (although some are too good to be true) offer great insights into human nature and the transformational power of grace.
    George Guidall is truly an outstanding narrator.. so much so that I have searched for audiobooks that bear his name as narrator. Take my advice and buy this book. Make sure you stick it out to the end, it will be worth it!

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    Vanessa Renton, WA, United States 04-28-13
    Vanessa Renton, WA, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful, but drags with the history!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Wonderful character development, provoking dialogue, intriguing ideas... A true classic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Either Jean Valjean or Bishop Myrial. Valjean is very dynamic. His struggle to find himself and become either good or evil mirrors a lot of what goes on in society, and puts on display what astonshing changes can overcome a man who is given a bit of good luck and compassion.

    Bishop Myrial is also an interesting character, although a bit more 1 dimensional. He is nearly the definition of good and selfless, and listening to his story compels the listener to be more charitable in their own lives.


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

    I haven't read the book, but Guidall is a fantasy reader. His passion reading the dialogue, changing tone slightly so as to easily let the reader know who is speaking, and his pronunciation of the French words draws you into a different world.

    There's also a lot of history and background information that I surely wouldn't have been able to read through if it hadn't been read to me. Guidall puts good effort into keeping the less exciting sections bearable.


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

    60+ hours? No.


    Any additional comments?

    The book itself does have a lot of sections that move incredibly slow, discussing Water Loo or the whole history of the convent, or some other detail that isn't at all necessary to what is otherwise a very captivating plot. Many times I've been frustrated since I wanted to hear more on what happened to the characters and had to listen to literally hours of history. But some of the history is at least appreciated, as it gives this book a wonderful depth to fully immerse oneself into.

    In short, a bit long, but definitely worth it all the while!!

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    Linda 04-28-13
    Linda 04-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Tale! History lesson included!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It is a rich tale with a touch of history! Keeps you interested.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Maddelin, Im not sure how to spell it but the main character is my favorite.


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

    No, I haven't listened to him before but he did an outstanding job on this book.


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

    Every part that the main character was able to pull himself, and others, out of a situation by digging deep and forcing himself to go on.


    Any additional comments?

    The entire book including the history lessons that intertwine are fasinating and mind capturing. You want to finish it in one sitting, which is impossible to do if you work or go to school or have a life.

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    Janet RALEIGH, NC, United States 04-14-13
    Janet RALEIGH, NC, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "way to long."
    Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

    Never. Way to long. To many detailes.
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Victor Hugo and Julie Rose (translator) ? Why or why not?

    Yes. Not so many details.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The ending.


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

    Cosett being cared for by Jon and being reunited with her true love.


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    R. Winters SW Washington 04-04-13
    R. Winters SW Washington 04-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Long But Good"
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    If you are a religious person you will love this book and it will give you much to contemplate. If you are not a religious person you will love this book and it will give you much to ponder. The translation must be good because the writing is superb and the narration definitely adds to the enjoyment of this book.Yes, Old Vic does interject quite a bit that is the back story and while interesting, really does not add to the story. For many, an abridged version that focuses on the story and not so much on the history might be a better choice. I don't know if that is available. Having said that, though, there is much that is just plain interesting. His take on "Slang" is an example of some real gems in this book that are beyond the story.I just wish we could all decide and stick to the correct pronunciation of the title.

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    Vivian Wynnewood, PA, United States 04-04-13
    Vivian Wynnewood, PA, United States 04-04-13
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    "High-5"

    Victor Hugo's incredible, sweeping novel and a spot-on narration by George Guidall.
    I was completely mesmerized and emotionally involved the entire time.
    Thank you to Mr. Guidall for making this powerful story come to life.
    High-5! (Deserves more than 5 stars).

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    Christy Birmingham, AL, United States 04-03-13
    Christy Birmingham, AL, United States 04-03-13
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    "A little lengthy at times but an outstanding read"
    Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

    Yes! It was a wonderful narrative, and it made the movie and all the musicals I have seen make more sense. It went in depth where the movies could not go. It got bogged down in details at times, but I found myself enraptured by the story. My brother says this is one of his all time favorite books. I have to agree.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting story with a gripping cast of characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when the priest gives Valjean the candle sticks as well as the silver he "stole" and forgives him for everything.


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

    No way. It was way too long.


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    Dana New Haven, CT 03-21-13
    Dana New Haven, CT 03-21-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Such great narration!"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scenes with Valjean and Cosette are my favorite. Very emotional and well read by Guidall.


    Any additional comments?

    George Guidall does such a great job reading this book! He has a really familiar voice and he made this very long book easy to understand for me. I did end up taking some of the previous suggestions and skipped over some of the long-winded passages where the author gets on his soapbox and gets a little preachy.

    The translation is also fantastic. I have one of the free Kindle versions of Les Miserables and this translation by Julie Rose is so much better.

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    Jennifer Charlotte, NC, United States 03-18-13
    Jennifer Charlotte, NC, United States 03-18-13
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    "Good narration"
    Where does Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean Valjean and Eponine


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Easy voice to listen to, especially for such a long book.


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

    Fathers love


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    Lynne Hersh 03-17-13
    Lynne Hersh 03-17-13

    Lynne

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    "More details than you can imagine"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The basic plot is familiar and the back story to so many of the characters is nice to learn but... three hours of the battle of Waterloo or over an hour on slang and its effect on language and society put me over the top.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It has not.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    DETAILS


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I really looked forward to the challenge of Les Mis however the constant detailing of flaws in society got to be preaching to me. Hugo is certainly a master and I wonder how many people could actually read this book in the late 1800's when few were educated to read.

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