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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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a masterpiece of Romantic Era thought and art

this reading of Victor Hugo's Les Miserable was pleasant to listen to, and the narrator of the story Lively and varied. However there were times when I could tell it was only a semi-professional production, as I heard Pages turning or the narrator fumble. Nevertheless, the pacing was good, and he did voices for the characters, which I tend to enjoy. The story itself is an absolute treat to read. You get the best aspects of Storytelling and Hugo's philosophy. it is an intellectual and lyrical story, challenging both the mind and the spirit. However, it is not difficult to digest or understand, Hugo is a master Storyteller. I highly recommend anyone who is a poet at heart, and anyone who loves to think critically and seize life by the reins.

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  • William
  • Columbia, SC, United States
  • 10-07-16

Probably my favorite fictional book!

Would you listen to Les Miserables again? Why?

I would listen again. It's a great review of basic principles set in a compelling story. As you listen, you feel the experiences of Jean val Jean.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously Jean val Jean was my favorite. He learns and experiences so much and I hope by God's grace that if I were in similar circumstances that I would respond with love and forgiveness also.

Any additional comments?

As I read or listen (I've both read and listened to this book) I think of how fully and completely God has forgiven me. Since God has forgiven me for my rebellion against Himself, my creator, how can I not also forgive other men that have offended me. God has offered forgiveness, pardon, and freedom. He offers this to anyone who repents/believes. His offer is documented in writing - He wrote it in the Bible.

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Worth the listen for sure

It's a long listen but you won't be disappointed. I am not normally a person who prefers classics

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Done already

the reader makes 50 hours feel so short in this fantastic work of lasting literature

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Much more humorous than I imagined

Being completely new to Hugo's work, having never read abridgments or seen the movie, I was truly delighted with Wilber's translation and the English turn of phrase common to the 1860s.
Hugo had a fantastic sense of humor that Fredrick Davidson really maximized with a dry, satirical presentation.
The unabridged edition is long. Very long. But the history and commentary on the era sprinkled with humor then masterfully woven into the turn of the plot are worth every minute.

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Classic story is a must-read.

I've listened to this book at least four times. Frederick Davidson's performance makes it come to life. One of my favorites.

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To love another

There is a reason when a book written over 150 years ago is still loved today. I never tire of reading or listening to this book.

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Very enjoyable story!

Nothing bad to say here. It was very well put together and told. Brilliant is all

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Superb reading of one of the greats

The reading was beautifully done, moving, evocative, worthy of the book. The book itself is among the greatest literature of all time. Put it on your bucket list, but since you don't know ever what lies ahead, read it soon. Or, have it read to know while you walk and get some exercise.

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Outstanding!

The epitome of a timeless classic. Extremely well read(as is everything he does) - very long but well worth it

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  • Nicholas
  • 12-23-12

Amazing novel - well worth the long listen!

OK, it's long - very long, and as with novels of this time, has long sections that go off on a tangent. But absolutely compelling, and excellent narration. The characters are wonderfully developed, the background so well presented that you believe you are there - even in the sewers! Worth every second.

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  • JOANNE
  • 07-30-14

Wow

There is so much more to this than the film or stage show. I urge everyone to have a go at this one

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