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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

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

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Elegant reading by Guidell ,relevant story by Hugo

A timeless story about the nature of social justice, individual morality and personal truth that has lead to modern , French liberalism.

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Best book I have read

Absolutely worth the time to read. I will reread without hesitation. The bishop and jean Val jean are amazing

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Deafened by Echo: The Futility of Reviewing Les Miserables

No review can do this book justice: no praise or acclamation; neither wholesale endorsement nor conspicuous sycophancy; no list of qualities; no personal opinion. Nothing at all can be said of Les Miserables. We happy few who have read the whole book are content with silence. We remain lost in thought, hoveled in Hugo's world, forever recalling his story, deafened by echo.

Buy this audiobook. I'm referring to the version translated by Julie Rose and narrated by George Guidall. Buy it, listen to it, treasure it. The book will change your life. It is the best book, the most total and perfect book ever written.

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Excellent Narrator

Where does Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've been trying to read Les Mis for years and finally decided to try the audiobook and following along with the novel. Although the audiobook and novel are translated differently (which I didn't realize), I'm finally on page 500!

What did you like best about this story?

It is a wonderful story and even includes some history.

Which scene was your favorite?

So far when Jean Valjean meets Cozette but I'm only 1/3 of the way through.

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

No, much too long for that, but I do listen about an hour each night.

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Why choose 1 word among 20.

The performance was fabulous but the length was unnecessary. Anyone who devotes an entire chapter to explaining why they aren't going to describe a particular scene has a problem.

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Best novel ever!

it is long, but I prefer having the whole story. you understand the characters and the time they were living in better. A timeless masterpiece.

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Read the Abridged version.

If you want to listen to hours about Waterloo or '1800 slang' you will be delighted. I thought I would be listening to the story of a man redeemed and a love story between Marius and Cosette.
The reader is great but be prepared to listen at 1.5.

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Beautiful Story; Wonderful Reader; Bad Paper

Who can contest Victor Hugo as being anything but an exceptional and gifted writer? This story is a monument to his genius. The reader did an excellent job of portraying the emotion and characters. Well done! However, at the end there is an attached "paper" on Hugo and the book that was entirely out of place and completely ruined the awe of Hugo's story and concluding lines. All 60 hours were an amazing journey which then ended in 30 minutes of some man's views of the whole thing. Story--brilliant. Ending--detrimental.

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Les Miserables, the greatest classic of all time!

Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

Julie Rose's translation of Les Mis is inspiring!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

The purchase of Jean Val Jean's soul by the Bishop with his silver candlesticks; and, the revelation of what Jean Val Jean did for Marius and Cosette at the very end of the book is inspiring.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

George Guidall did a great job of portraying the various characters throughout the book.

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

Les Miserable's, an epic story of intense joy, pain, happiness, sadness, justice, mercy - - - LOVE!

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What joy is this masterpiece!

A couple of reasons why this is fantastic listening.
George Guidall takes this performance to the highest level of oration. His adaptation of characters, relaying of emotion whether sorrow or elation are absolutely masterful.
Victor Hugo as a writer.
This man turned a 55+ hour story into an exciting and meaningful one all the way through.
You feel invested, like you are part of it.
The story of Les Misérables is rich, it's sad, it's happy, it's philosophical, it's funny, it's an absolute masterpiece and you'll be a more intelligent person after the experience.
Bravo Victor Hugo
Bravo George Guidall!
and Bravo to Audible for a quality performance!