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Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Misérables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector, Javert.

Hugo describes early 19th-century France with a sweeping power that gives his novel epic stature. Among the most famous chapters are the account of the battle of Waterloo and Valjean's flight through the Paris sewers.

©1987 Dove Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Raffin

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  • PJ
  • 07-01-16

Meant to get the unabridged

So much detail is missed in this abridged version it is almost not worth getting. Still a great story, but wish I had the unabridged version.

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  • jaci cox
  • 03-01-16

Unabridged Not!

What would have made Les Misérables better?

This is a kids version of the story

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

didn't finish not what I was looking for

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  • edteach3r
  • 07-10-15

Enjoyable version of a classic

I really enjoyed this abridged version .... A quick recap for those who love Les Mis