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Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose Audiobook

Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

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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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    Grace San Diego, CA 10-13-12
    Grace San Diego, CA 10-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful Novel"
    If you could sum up Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose in three words, what would they be?

    I love the opera version of Les Mis. I was hesitant to read the book because I did not think it would be as entertaining. Wrong! If anything, Victor Hugo paints the characters and the scenes so vividly, I can't stop listening! This is easily becoming my favorite book.


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    David Briner 06-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I finished!!"

    This is not a book for the average reader. I love this story, but this book is long. I had to work at finishing this. However, this is one of the most profound and insightful books on humanity and our connection with God. If God is not your thing, then you and victor Hugo would be friends. He was a agnostic pessimist. However, his insights on humanity and their connection with God are miles beyond other writers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brice Lambson Newcastle, WA 07-19-15
    Brice Lambson Newcastle, WA 07-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful Translation"

    I was delighted to find an unabridged version. Unfortunately, after listening for 10 minutes and comparing it to the Signet Classics version, it was clear that the Rose's transition detracted from the experience. I realize now that it is possible to make translations too modern. More respect for linguistics and the history of the English language would have been appreciated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Albert Theodore Amherst, NY USA 06-10-15
    Albert Theodore Amherst, NY USA 06-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Too much background for a Great Story"

    I bought this audio book as my favorite movie of all time is Les Mis with Liam Neeson.(no singing) I finally gave up after I listed to several chapters of war background. This is 60 hours but is really is 15 hour story with 45 hours of background of all sorts of stuff. Some is interesting but I finally stopped listening after about 24 hours.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-26-14
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A history lesson wrapped in a classic..."

    I have a new appreciation for French history, enough so that I am now listening to Paris by one of my favorite authors Edward Rutherfurd. Generally I'm not a fan of musicals, but the movie adaption of the stage musical left me wanting more and so, I downloaded the book. I'm extremely happy I did.

    Hugo goes off on long tangents that have only a loose connection to what is actually happening in the book. He takes on the church, the government, various levels of society at the time, and provides a rather lengthy description of the events on the battlefield of Waterloo. As a history buff I enjoyed most of the diatribes but a couple did become tedious and left me longing for a return to the story, a fascinating, heart wrenching, amazing story. I've since learned some more about Victor Hugo and have a better understanding for who he was and his mind set at the time of the writing of this classic. It's given me an appreciation that I didn't have while listening to the book but that would have enriched the experience.

    It's a five star story with five star narration for me, but it's not an easy listen. The author seems to want you to suffer at certain points. Hugo's protagonist and antagonist are much more complex in the book than could possibly be displayed on stage in the allotted time. This book is worth reading for those that are new to Les Miserables and lovers of the stage experience alike.

    Endure the authors detours if you are not one who loves a history lesson, embrace them if you are, but take the time to listen and feel the emotions that Hugo forces upon you and you will love it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca R. Caledonia, New York United States 09-03-12
    Rebecca R. Caledonia, New York United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow!"
    What made the experience of listening to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose the most enjoyable?

    The reader is one of my favorite. Although Hugo can be exceptionally wordy, the reader's voice, inflections and style make it easy to listen, enjoy and just absorb the intent of what the author is communicating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jean Valjean meets Cosette in the woods and rescues her from the Thenardier's.


    Any additional comments?

    This story cannot be abridged and still possess the same power. By today's standards, Hugo can be difficult to read as he is very wordy, and the historical narrative is long and detailed. However, it is integral to understanding the significance of why the characters were motivated to do what they did. The story, the characters - everything about this book is phenomenal. Those who are diligent and listen to the entire story will reap the rewards. Also, the narrator must be given major credit for making the experience so enjoyable. This is the best reading of this great tale out there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 12-29-12
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2017
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    "great in parts, tedious in parts"

    The good:
    Hugo's sympathy with the oppressed; the grand scope of the novel; Hugo's gift for fine metaphors and aphorisms; some of the dramatic scenes; the sensitive narration.
    The bad:
    Absurdly long, detailed tedious digressive essays on things like the battle of Waterloo, the history of convents, the history and geography of the Parisian sewers; hard-to-believe characters who act in unbelievable ways; corny melodrama and sentimentality; excessively long and repetitious accounts of almost everything due, it seems, to Hugo's sheer delight in showing off his poetic inventiveness.
    I have great tolerance for long 19th century novels. But so often I found myself thinking: come on Victor, you've said everything you've got to say abou this event, character, situation, action, motivation, relationship, dilemma. All you're doing now is just repeating yourself using alternative metaphors. Let's get moving! I also found the plot pretty silly in places; a lot depends on coincidence and people acting in unbelievable ways.
    Hugo's philosophical reflections, which abound throughout, are sometimes interesting; but he's too much in love with paradox and coupling unexpected antitheses--a tendency which has bedeviled French writing ever since.
    The narration is good. I liked the translation: it employs up-to-date language which makes the novel less stodgy than it might otherwsie be.

    26 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 07-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "THE WRETCHED"

    IN ALL THAT WE JUST OUTLINED
    Hidden in the lectures, research papers, and off the record is a good story according to others. It amazes me this is so popular. If written today, I doubt it would sell ten copies. This is like a lesson in how to not write a novel. Long passages of the most boring material. Lots of telling, very little showing. Like in the sitcoms Modern Family and The Office are asides were the author steps out of the story to talk to the reader.

    My wife talked me into buying this, she really loves it. Which amazes me, I liked Moby Dick, but she hated it, due to all the talk about whales. Years ago, along with two other couples we paid $80.00 a seat to see this musical. All three of the men walked out into the lobby in the middle of the show to talk about how boring it was. I watched the movie and did see that it did have a story, all though the best part was when Russell Crowe jumped off the bridge. I enjoyed that cause it meant I would not have to listen to him sing anymore.

    Guidall is one of the best narrators ever and if I ever give him less then a five rating, I give you permission to slap me across the face.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher United States 07-30-12
    Christopher United States 07-30-12
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    "Wonderful Book"
    Where does Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Amazing character development and wonderful story telling


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

    60+ hours so no, but I've listened to 10 hours straight and really didn't want to stop


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    Shannon AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-07-13
    Shannon AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The story that goes on forever..."

    ...I guess I can't, in all fairnes, say this, since I flat quit listening about halfway through the book. After 30+ hours of listening, I just couldn't bring myself to sacrifice another 30 hours of my life to Victor Hugo. I can't honestly report anything terrible about his writing; I know this is considered a classic, and to some, one of the best pieces of literature ever penned. I just don't possess the patience any more to wait for the story to continue to build. As others have said, Hugo's ramblings about certain topics, that truly have no bearing on the story he is trying to tell, go on for way too long. The narrator was great, and I had no issues with his performance. But, for those of you out there who've seen the recent movie or the broadway performance and want to know more, my advice to you is to stick with the visual mediums. Perhaps an abridged version would be better, although I usually shun abridgements; I may have been more satisfied if I'd made an exception in this case. Way, way, way too long for this girl!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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