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Les Miserables

Narrated by: Alan Munro
Length: 67 hrs and 37 mins
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One of the greatest novels of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Public Domain (P)2015 Trout Lake Media

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great

its an awesome book. great narration made it even better . loved it. strongly recommend

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Cannot bear fake French accent

This is a wonderful story but I can’t listen to this audiobook because the narrator is too irritating. His voice sounds kind of like a cheesy salesman, and when he reads characters’ speech, he uses a fake French accent. It’s just too annoying. I can’t. I just can’t.

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HORRID NARRATION

Really bad. Even attempted a French accent when reading dialogue with the precision and character of a pedantic chimpanzee.

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It's a great book, but a horrible narration.

The narration is painfully mechanical - more like chopping wood than telling a story. The emphasis and intonation are consistently off the meaning. As a listener you have to make an effort to understand the structure of each sentence. Each sentence thoughtlessly chopped up into equal-length accented bits without regard to its meaning. I couldn't finish the first part. It's a shame I can't return it.

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French history with the subject of a beautiful soul

Very long and hard book to read. The story of a man who thought only of others even after being wrongfully convicted for stealing a loaf of bread due to his family that was starving. Darkness overshadowed his soul until the kindness of a bishop turned his life around and brought him out of the dungeon of despair. He then went on a journey to help the poor and found love in an orphan girl that he raised as his own daughter. Life for him was always one step away from the law that wanted to throw him back into the galleys. Great book on forgiveness, love and redemption. This translation was to me, the best one and also follow the audible that I used when I didn’t have to to read I could listen to it instead.

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Read this book.

"He did not study God, he was dazzled by him."
I thought at first having only watched the recent movie that it was long winded... But being many times starred at for my bursts of laughter or the many attempts to restrain tears, I can see as I have felt the build up was worth it.

Beauty found deep in despond.

The plight of humanity seen through it's lowest eyes with such dignity.

God can not be seperated from the story.

This book is a giant.

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  • J T.
  • 08-13-19

Great book ruined by the narration

This is one of the great books of European culture, a gripping story of how good people can be made bad by poverty and social injustice (or sometimes rise above it), set during momentous events of 19th century France. You'd think it would be an honour to narrate it. But unfortunately I found the narration style of this audiobook so weird that I had to abandon this version and am about to start again with a different version of audiobook and different narrator (using another credit - hey ho). . The narrator in this version has a strange, jerky, ponderous delivery of the words, rather as if he is reading them for the first time and isn't quite sure if he's reading them correctly. For dialogue, he moves into a most bizarre quasi-French accent, which sounds absurd (a bit like a joke accent in Dad's Army) and takes all the expression out of what the character is saying. The worst thing is that there are, of course, numerous French names of people, places and even special objects in the book, which the narrator just cannot pronounce. Sometimes he pronounces well known French names just as they are written. For example the philosopher Descartes is pronounced Dezcartz. Often it is difficult to understand which place or historical person he is talking about, because the accent is so weird, so I can't follow the point Hugo is making.. During the conversation of the 4 students, during the 'surprise' party, there is at lest one well-known word of Greek origin which is pronounced equally strangely. I can't believe that this professional narrator was not offered a French voice coach or given some guidance, or that the producers of the audio (Audible) considered his narration acceptable. I've now found another version where the narrator seems from the sample to be competent and am looking forward to cracking on with this fantastic book this evening!