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Summary

Les Misérables is set in Paris after the French Revolution. In the sewers and backstreets, we encounter "the wolf-like tread of crime", and assassination for a few sous is all in a day's work. We weep with the unlucky and heart-broken Fantine, and we exult with the heroic revolutionaries of the barricades; but above all we thrill to the steadfast courage and nobility of soul of ex-convict Jean Valjean, always in danger from the relentless pursuit of the diabolical Inspector Javert.

Translated by Isabel F. Hapgood

Public Domain (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks

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Superb

Beautifully written epic story. Brilliant, stunning, thought provoking and sad. Wonderful characters. Historically illuminating and intellectually challenging. What more could you want? Fantastically read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful though sound quality poor

There are some very slow chapters of pontification in Hugo's unabridged novel and this is the first time I have wondered whether abridged might have been shoos idea. However, I might have missed hearing some fascinating background about Paris, the Republic, and the labyrinthine Parisian sewers. A powerful story, the more so because the recording is so long. Great and skilful reading.

The files appear to lose quality by being over compressed - no problem through headphones but not great through a car stereo.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Glad I finished it

Is there anything you would change about this book?

the volume of the output, it was very quiet

If you’ve listened to books by Victor Hugo before, how does this one compare?

not listened to anything else

What three words best describe Bill Homewood’s performance?

diverse, steady, adaptable

Was Les Misérables worth the listening time?

I think so, although it did take me 6 months on and off to listen to it.

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  • DK
  • 30-01-16

Captivating story

I have enjoyed every bit of this book. I found Bill Homewood excellent in narrating the story.

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Patience is needed here

The book is brilliantly read, the story is magnificent, overall it only gets three stars because Hugo is partial to rambling, and generally very tedious, digressions. Of course the result is a greater immersion in the story, a greater empathy with the characters so that the heart-rending final scene is that much more poignant. On balance though I think I would recommend an edited version.

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great listen which I thoroughly enjoyed

the author goes on a bit in places which made it hard to keep focus but otherwise loved it!

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  • Tad Davis
  • 08-11-15

Could be five starts with re-engineering

I couldn't figure out how to rate this one. It's a little odd giving the story and performance five stars and then giving the overall recording only three. I'll try to explain my thinking.

This title could be a slam-dunk five stars all around. Bill Homewood is a brilliant narrator and captures Hugo's spirit as well as anyone. But the sound quality on the recording is poor: the bass is way too high, and his voice is muffled. That being said, earphones vary a lot, and it's possible to get earphones that flatten out the sound and improve the experience. But I listen to almost all books with the same standard-issue earphones because they're the only ones that stay in my ears; and almost all books are fine, especially with Audible's enhanced quality format. But not this one.

So my three stars is kind of a warning. If you have the right earphones - ones that play up the treble, are better suited to voice, or somehow can flatten the bass - you could be in for a major treat. But if you use the earphones / ear buds / ear pods that came with your generic MP3 player or phone, this one may be hard to listen to.

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  • nateographer
  • 14-05-16

Terrible Audio quality

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This is one of the all-time great stories and the reader does an amazing job sharing the story. Unfortunately the quality of the recording is terrible. I actually am trying to find a way to get refunded because the quality is so poor compared to all of the other books I have purchased and I cannot listen to it in most of the circumstances that I normally listen to my audio books.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • T Cyr
  • 01-02-16

An Extraordinary Journey

I began listening to this audio book in the heat of a summer's day, in the middle of summer, and ended it today as a great snow falls, blanketing everything in white on a mid winter's afternoon in February, as the light fades from the sky. I feel profoundly blessed to have heard this story in it's entirety. Possibly one of the longest audio experiences I have ever had. It does have it's digressions at times, that feel like it it taking you out of the experience, but always seems to rebound to the grace and beauty of the story. The reader was extraordinary addling such life to the characters and events, and gives it such a French color. Granted I gave up on it several times and listened to other audio books in between, but something always drew me back. If you stick with it, it will take on you on one of the most remarkable journey's of a life time.

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  • ccoco
  • 22-07-15

Anazing!

The narrator for this book has a fascinating range and magically creates many clear voices. It could not be done better.

This was my first read of Les Miserables. The unabridged sometimes went deeper into history and side tales than I expected but always came back to add depth to the story. If you don't have the patience for this the abridged may be a better option.

Loved this book. Often could not put it down.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-17

Breathtaking, Heart-wrenching, Sublime

I cannot overstate how much I love this book nor can I think of another book that has so thoroughly captivated me in all it's depth, peopled with characters I will never forget.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • N.
  • 09-11-17

Sound quality needs improvement.

Important classic, timeless beauty and masterful narration. Sound quality needs improvement; otherwise I would have given a five star rating.




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  • Bluestramp
  • 06-07-15

Magnificent !

Victor Hugo, a master story teller, gives us his singular insight, timeless revelation of the struggle of life on Earth. Joy and tears. The understanding of our heart's journey. The victory of truth and love for mankind and the "Good God".

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  • McKaylla
  • 25-01-17

One of the best books I've ever read (or listened to)

I've learned a lot from this story. I know you will too. Read it! It's long, but it's worth it.

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  • Timothy Storm
  • 13-08-18

Gorgeous timeless masterpiece

A beautiful story, with excellent narration, and many tears shed while listening to Hugo's classic.

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  • David M.
  • 29-07-18

I wish I had found this sooner to love it longer.

The whole of this epic story is fascinating, informative, captivating and bittersweet. The Narrator is masterful in every way. I did not bring any knowledge of the whole of this story: it's height, depth and breadth, and therefore was not prepared for the vastness of beauty, brilliance of tale and surprising all-encompassing knowledge of the details of this period of history (including previous historical details that complete the picture). So many lines worthy of standing alone... such character development... I wept throughout. I will find the full volumes and read it for myself. I loved every word.