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Les Miserables Audiobook

Les Miserables

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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.

Hugo describes early 19th-century France with a sweeping power that gives his novel epic stature. Among the most famous chapters are the account of the battle of Waterloo and Valjean's flight through the Paris sewers.

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    Selena R Stair 07-11-12 Listener Since 2003
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    "Outstanding!"
    Would you listen to Les Miserables again? Why?

    I would listen to Les Miserables again! This story is a classic for a reason. It has everything in it. Love, war, romance, triumph of good over evil.


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    Elizabeth San Antonio, TX, United States 05-22-12
    Elizabeth San Antonio, TX, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best books ever written"
    Would you listen to Les Miserables again? Why?

    Most definatly. An all time classic.


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

    The best audiobook reader I have listened to. It is very easy to listen to, while working, running, or anything really.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my all time favorite books. A classic in literature. Very, complicated story, with many twists and turns, and in the end, all the characters are tied together in a magnificent way.

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    Discriminating Consumer 02-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Why use one word when 10,000 will do?"
    Would you listen to Les Miserables again? Why?

    No. Good story line, but seemingly endless cul de sacs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jon val Jon


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

    Victor Hugo's Magnificent Novel, brought to Life, with out the endless detours


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    Danielle Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-11-12
    Danielle Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-11-12

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    "The reading does not do this book justice..."

    I read the first half of this book and just couldn't find the time to finish reading it. I got the audio book, wanting to finish the story, but I couldn't get beyond 4 hours. I love the melody of this book and Hugo's command over words and sentence structure (strange since it is a translation). Unfortunately, the reader never grasped the beauty of the words he was reading. His voice is largely monotone and uninteresting; he sounds disdainful and as if the story was causing a bad smell under his nose. Perhaps it's like Shakespeare -- difficult to read but amazing if performed by someone who both understands and loves it. It's very sad, and I hate to say it, but I don't think this reader does either. Disappointing.

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    Kathy abbotsbury, Australia 01-12-12
    Kathy abbotsbury, Australia 01-12-12
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    "Unfortunate narration ruins a classic"
    Would you try another book from Victor Hugo and/or Frederick Davidson?

    I would listen to another book by Victor Hugo but not by Fredierick Davidson


    Would you be willing to try another book from Victor Hugo? Why or why not?

    I'd try another book by Victor Hugo because he is a classic writer - you don't stay popular for hundreds of years for no reason and his books were written to be read out loud.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frederick Davidson?

    I would cast a narrator who is skilled in multiple voices and characters. This narrator has a limited range of expression and often sounded haughty and aloof. This did not engage me or help me to empathise with the characters.


    Do you think Les Miserables needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Oh no! No follow-up book! 57 hour is long enough for one story. Anyway, the author is dead.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not familiar with many of the French terms, geography or history, which affected my understanding. This book may have been better for me to read.

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    Hilary Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-25-11
    Hilary Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-25-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Awesome"
    If you could sum up Les Miserables in three words, what would they be?

    Redemption, heroism, altruism.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Victor Hugo built up his characters and background events. The theme of redemption and altruism. The telling of the historical events.


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    Jean Valjean of course.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The treatment of Cosette as a child filled me with horror and the dying Valjean made me cry. The judicial and penal system of the time appalled me.


    Any additional comments?

    Frederick Davidson did an awesome job reading this book. By giving each character their own voice he brought them alive and allowed the listener to respond emotionally to the person or events. As an English speaking listener the names of some of the characters were hard to understand and remember. Giving them their own voice made it easier to recognize the characters. I was especially impressed with the reading of the passing of Valjean. The emotional response stayed with me long after the story ended.<br/>Thank you Mr. Davidson.

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    Courtney Roosevelt, UT, United States 10-21-11
    Courtney Roosevelt, UT, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story Written For It's Time"

    Victor Hugo does a wonderful job of presenting the issues with the French society. I love the main storyline that follows the characters. However, for those of us who are not familiar with much of the French history, there are sections of the book that are dedicated to these historical points. So, if you are not familiar with or do not want to hear long explanations of French history that contain numerous unheard of names of individuals in French society, listen to the abridged version of this book. Otherwise, it is a wonderful story.

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    Dr. D Menard, Texas, United States 10-21-11
    Dr. D Menard, Texas, United States 10-21-11

    Retired veterinarian. Living the good life - ranching on the river!

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    "Excellent!!"

    I can't believe I waited this long to enjoy this classic! It is truly a masterpiece! Hearing it makes it truly come alive. I can't wait to hear it again.

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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11 Member Since 2017

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "The Miserable Ones"

    Some of the best villains ever written for the lesson in how 'no good deed goes unpunished'
    Javert the cop who is obsessed with Valjean for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving sister and the Taverniers who mistreat Cosette when she is left in their care by Fantine are some of the worst humans ever written.
    Valjean has to start over again and again yet he goes on and on making life better for others in the most selfless ways.
    A classic story well read and a must have for every library.

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    Jonathan Awesome 09-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "One of The Best, of Many"

    While this is a great book and well read it would be fantastic if Audible discovered that Hugo actually wrote more that three books. Instead a twenty three different versions of this and The Hunchback of Notre Dame maybe they could add The Man Who Laughs and Toilers of the Sea. At least there is one version of Ninety-Three. But come on. Obviously Hugo is in demand so why not supply us with more of him instead of just more copies of what is already available?

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