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  • Les Miserables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book - one of the best of all time

  • By Sher from Provo on 06-30-10

Absolutely Sublime

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-07

I read the book first, but I confess I skipped over much of the "digressions" I guess you would call them and skipped around just to follow the plot. I guess I'm a lazy reader that way. Now to hear them read to me, especially the French phrases and names I had so much difficulty with, I feel I'm getting a whole new perspective. Yes, Davidson is challenging at times but if you listen closely, he really does a beautiful job narrating. Check out his "I Claudius" for a truly superb narration.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379

Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful narration of a masterpiece

  • By John on 07-30-08

Prepare to be transported and transformed

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-05

This is a brilliantly narrated version of the classic book. And not a bad translation, either. Definitely worth a credit, and then some. Prepare to devote large chunks of time to this because you won't want to stop. The "action" is the self-righteous stream of consciousness rantings of the immortal anti-hero, Raskolnikov. One can't help but both loath him and cheer him on at the same time. Over 100 years since it was written and this story remains both entertaining and intelligent. This is dangerous, thought provoking writing at its very best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

War and Peace



        Leo Tolstoy

        Narrated by:



        Walter Zimmerman

    Length: 63 hrs and 33 mins
    328 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • War and Peace

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
  • Length: 63 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Leo Tolstoy's sweeping epic describes Russia between 1805 and 1820, centering on the 1812 invasion of Napoleon's army and the Russian resistance to it. The novel has over 500 characters, all carefully rendered, who cover every social level from the nobility to the peasantry. The main characters include Natasha Rostova, Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, and Pierre Bezukhov, all of whom progress from youthful uncertainties toward maturity. Tolstoy himself was born 16 years after the invasion and grew up in a Russia that was still recovering from the carnage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid Novel, Splendid Reading

  • By John-Mark Stensvaag on 05-22-03

War and Peace

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-03

Terrible narration. Snide, supercillious tone. He doesn't act the parts or even give them different vocal inflections. My overall feeling was that it's like having someone read the story at you instead of to you; like they were bored, angry and resentful. Such a classic deserves a better narrator. Also, the translation contained several expressions that were clearly 20th century.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful