Les Miserables

Written by:
Victor Hugo
Narrated by:
George Guidall

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2011
60 hours 36 minutes
One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les MisErables 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. 'Rich and gorgeous. This is the [translation] to read.'-Times (London)
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Annabree F.

This was an incredible translation and the narration was wonderful. The post novel essay took up nearly 30 minutes and itself was unenjoyable and opaque. It is easily skipped, thankfully. The story is a moving journey and provided insight into the lives and experiences of the 1830 French society. Beautiful and tragic.

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Honestly, 60 hours and 36 minutes audio for 1247 pages: that's all I'm thinking. I feel like this is such a monster of a book that nothing I say is going to influence a reader either way. So, I'm documenting why I chose to read this. Loving the PBS Masterpiece production was not a factor, that stands alone as a priceless piece of art all by itself. Les Mis Is tough; all the French names would have overwhelmed me, and thus I chose an audiobook with a narrator, George Guidall, that I loved. He was the encouragement I needed. I loved his speaking voice. However, his translation was similar but not word-for-word with the translation I purchased. I read along, and it wasn't a problem.

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