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Think you know the story? Think again.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Would you listen to Les Miserables again? Why?

Yes, it is long. Yes, you know the basic plot. Yes, you've seen it on stage and on screen. But there is so much more to the book than to the musical! The stage production is great, but it only scratches the surface. There is so much thinking behind each character. Their reflections and actions are so rich, complex and profound. You can always take something different if you listen again. I have lost count of how many times I have listened to Jean Valjan arguing with himself whether or not to turn himself in. It is a fantastic story which manages to belong and represent its time so well without ever ceasing to be relevant. Victor Hugo's preface about why books like this are needed says it all. For as long as there is injustice and miserable lives, it will be worth listening, reading or watching this mastere piece again.

1 person found this helpful

Hysterical dwarves!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-13

What disappointed you about The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

This is a messy and noisy dramatisation. Bilbo, Gandalf and even the dwarves sound hysterical. I often had to turn it down or simply skip forward when decide to sing, scream or talk at the same time. Not even 4 hours and I couldn't finish this book. It was getting on my nerves! It was also hard to distinguish the voices of the characters. If I didn't know the story so well, I would end thinking that there are two dwarves max in the trip, that they all think the same, that Bilbo is a great wizard and Gandalf a proud little hobbit!

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself is still fantastic, just hard to follow in this version.

4 people found this helpful

Too much like pillars

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This is a catchy story with very convincing characters and interesting turn arounds, just like its predecessor, Pillars of the Earth. In fact, that is the biggest problem of it. There are so many obvious parallels between the two stories and characters that it becomes predictable. It may be nice to read on its own, but not as a sequel. But, then if you are to choose between the pillars and this one, I would certainly recommend the pillars. And then again, what is the point of this book anyway? One thing has to be said: John lee is fantastic narrator.

5 people found this helpful

Could not let go of it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This is a fantastic story with very convincing characters. A friend had told me he liked the story, but just wished he could skip the endless architectural descriptions. I, on the contrary, found that these were the most intriguing parts. The fact that you listen to the descriptions only helps you close your eyes and drift off into your imagination, building churches as you progress with the book. My only problem with this audiobook was that it made me quite anti-social and sleepless, as I would take every opportunity to listen.