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Les Misérables Audiobook

Les Misérables

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Les Misérables is set in Paris after the French Revolution. In the sewers and backstreets, we encounter "the wolf-like tread of crime", and assassination for a few sous is all in a day's work. We weep with the unlucky and heart-broken Fantine, and we exult with the heroic revolutionaries of the barricades; but above all we thrill to the steadfast courage and nobility of soul of ex-convict Jean Valjean, always in danger from the relentless pursuit of the diabolical Inspector Javert.

Translated by Isabel F. Hapgood

Public Domain (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks

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    nateographer 05-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible Audio quality"
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    This is one of the all-time great stories and the reader does an amazing job sharing the story. Unfortunately the quality of the recording is terrible. I actually am trying to find a way to get refunded because the quality is so poor compared to all of the other books I have purchased and I cannot listen to it in most of the circumstances that I normally listen to my audio books.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tad Davis 11-08-15
    Tad Davis 11-08-15
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    "Could be five starts with re-engineering"

    I couldn't figure out how to rate this one. It's a little odd giving the story and performance five stars and then giving the overall recording only three. I'll try to explain my thinking.

    This title could be a slam-dunk five stars all around. Bill Homewood is a brilliant narrator and captures Hugo's spirit as well as anyone. But the sound quality on the recording is poor: the bass is way too high, and his voice is muffled. That being said, earphones vary a lot, and it's possible to get earphones that flatten out the sound and improve the experience. But I listen to almost all books with the same standard-issue earphones because they're the only ones that stay in my ears; and almost all books are fine, especially with Audible's enhanced quality format. But not this one.

    So my three stars is kind of a warning. If you have the right earphones - ones that play up the treble, are better suited to voice, or somehow can flatten the bass - you could be in for a major treat. But if you use the earphones / ear buds / ear pods that came with your generic MP3 player or phone, this one may be hard to listen to.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    ccoco 07-22-15
    ccoco 07-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Anazing!"

    The narrator for this book has a fascinating range and magically creates many clear voices. It could not be done better.

    This was my first read of Les Miserables. The unabridged sometimes went deeper into history and side tales than I expected but always came back to add depth to the story. If you don't have the patience for this the abridged may be a better option.

    Loved this book. Often could not put it down.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    T Cyr Missoula, MT United States 02-01-16
    T Cyr Missoula, MT United States 02-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An Extraordinary Journey"

    I began listening to this audio book in the heat of a summer's day, in the middle of summer, and ended it today as a great snow falls, blanketing everything in white on a mid winter's afternoon in February, as the light fades from the sky. I feel profoundly blessed to have heard this story in it's entirety. Possibly one of the longest audio experiences I have ever had. It does have it's digressions at times, that feel like it it taking you out of the experience, but always seems to rebound to the grace and beauty of the story. The reader was extraordinary addling such life to the characters and events, and gives it such a French color. Granted I gave up on it several times and listened to other audio books in between, but something always drew me back. If you stick with it, it will take on you on one of the most remarkable journey's of a life time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bluestramp 07-06-15
    Bluestramp 07-06-15

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    "Magnificent !"

    Victor Hugo, a master story teller, gives us his singular insight, timeless revelation of the struggle of life on Earth. Joy and tears. The understanding of our heart's journey. The victory of truth and love for mankind and the "Good God".

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    McKaylla 01-25-17
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    "One of the best books I've ever read (or listened to)"

    I've learned a lot from this story. I know you will too. Read it! It's long, but it's worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    danb 07-04-17
    danb 07-04-17 Member Since 2013
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    "SUPERB!!!"

    This version is excellent and lives up to the last 100+ years of hype. A masterpiece.

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    Christine 07-01-17
    Christine 07-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "an amazing story read by a masterful narrator."

    although sometimes the story strayed and the politics or philosophy of Victor Hugo were embroided, I loved it all. A masterpiece

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    Eric M. 06-27-17
    Eric M. 06-27-17
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    ""Excruciating Detail""
    Where does Les Misérables rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly low.<br/><br/>Would you listen to Les Misérables again? Why?<br/><br/>No. Simply because there was so much fluff in the story. For example, Jean Val Jean stays up all night considering whether he should turn himself in (in place of the man accused of being him). He debates all through the night, then wakes up and has another internal dialogue about his indecision. There is a an extensively long description of the Napoleonic wars, I was bored reading about war, that's not right. There were gems in the story to be sure, but all those gems could be easily accessible by reading a good abridged version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean Val Jean, he was scrupulous.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    <br/>Just read women's and children's voices normally. I really, really didn't like the reader's impersonation of women's and children's voices. They made everything spoken by a child or women seems extremely comical. It was like listening to a play where someone is pretending to be a women, but clearly isn't pulling it off.<br/><br/>What three words best describe Bill Homewood’s performance?<br/><br/>Articulate. Clear. Professional<br/>


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

    No possible way. It's over 65 hours long!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    The story of Les Misérables is fantastic. But it was buried under so much other stuff. I see no advantages to reading this unabridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy B. 06-22-17
    Tommy B. 06-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Historical, poetic, touching"

    I've never read a book that made me cry before but I don't begrudge this exception. The author often stops to give historical and contemporary backgrounds to the circumstances of his story which border on excessive. This tends to break up the action of the main narrative a little too heavily. He exagg

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  • Sally P
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    "Wonderful though sound quality poor"

    There are some very slow chapters of pontification in Hugo's unabridged novel and this is the first time I have wondered whether abridged might have been shoos idea. However, I might have missed hearing some fascinating background about Paris, the Republic, and the labyrinthine Parisian sewers. A powerful story, the more so because the recording is so long. Great and skilful reading.

    The files appear to lose quality by being over compressed - no problem through headphones but not great through a car stereo.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dalila Karbiche
    1/30/16
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    "Captivating story"

    I have enjoyed every bit of this book. I found Bill Homewood excellent in narrating the story.

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