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  • Les Misérables : L'intégrale | Victor Hugo

    Les Misérables : L'intégrale

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Michel Vuillermoz, Élodie Huber, Pierre-François Garel, and others
    Overall
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    (3)
    Story
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    Un enregistrement exceptionnel : les cinq volumes des "Misérables", un des plus grands romans de la littérature française, enfin disponibles en livre audio. Jean Valjean, Cosette, les Thénardier, Gavroche, ou encore Javert sont autant de noms qui résonnent au-delà de l'histoire qui les a fait naître. Ces misérables sont décrits à la fois comme des archétypes du genre humain, mais aussi comme les produits d'une société génératrice de pauvreté, d'ignorance et de désespoir.

    Gabriel Jianu says: "Absolutely exquisite!"
  • Les Misérables | Victor Hugo

    Les Misérables

    • UNABRIDGED (67 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    Overall
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    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.

    Sally P says: "Wonderful though sound quality poor"
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Victor Hugo

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the grotesque bell-ringer Quasimodo, Victor Hugo created one of the most vivid characters in classic fiction. Quasimodo's doomed love for the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda is an example of the traditional love theme of beauty and the beast. Yet, set against the massive background of Notre Dame de Paris and interwoven with the sacred and secular life of medieval France, it takes on a larger perspective.

    Johanna Hockmann says: "A masterpiece"
  • Les Miserables: A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation | Victor Hugo

    Les Miserables: A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Joss Ackland, Roger Allam, full cast
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    Story
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    Joss Ackland, Roger Allam, and Leslie Phillips star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. When poverty drives Jean Valjean to steal a loaf of bread from a baker’s window, it is an action that will haunt him for the rest of his life. A citizen of postrevolutionary France, he is sentenced to nineteen years’ hard labour.

    Markie says: "Radio doing what it does best"
  • Les Miserables | Victor Hugo

    Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables 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.

    Nick says: "Epic journey through life."
  • Great French Poems: 35 Favourites from Villon to Baudelaire in French with English Translation | François Villon,Victor Hugo,Charles Baudelaire

    Great French Poems: 35 Favourites from Villon to Baudelaire in French with English Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By François Villon, Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    Overall
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Here are 35 of the greatest poems in the French language, carefully selected and read in French by Bill Homewood, the bilingual English classical actor who has spent half his life in France. To help those English speakers with just a little French to appreciate the glories of these poems, he provides his own clear English translations.

  • Notre-Dame de Paris | Victor Hugo

    Notre-Dame de Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Mathurin Voltz
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    Esmeralda, Quasimodo, Fleur de Lys, Frolo, autant de noms qui résonnent au-delà des siècles. Sans cesse incarnés sous toutes les formes possibles, les personnages de Victor Hugo appartiennent au patrimoine littéraire mondial.

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Victor Hugo

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Philippe Duquenoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When it comes to 19th-century French literature, few can compare to Victor Hugo. In 1831, Victor Hugo wrote one of the most memorial gothic stories of all time, Notre Dame de Paris, later changed to The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1833. This amazing story is set in medieval Paris and is centered on the famed Notre Dame cathedral as well as the three main characters: Esmeralda (the gypsy dancer); Quasimodo (the hunchback); and the priest, Claude Frollo.

  • Les Misérables | Victor Hugo

    Les Misérables

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    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.

  • I Miserabili | Victor Hugo

    I Miserabili

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Moro Silo
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    Ne "I Miserabili" Victor Hugo narra con assoluta sensibilità ed estrema modernità la solitudine dell'uomo, il contrasto tra ceti sociali, ma anche la redenzione attraverso la rivolta e l'amore. Il romanzo, dal ritmo incalzante, magistrale e irripetibile per l'autenticità delle emozioni e per la complessità della trama narrativa, viene qui tradotto ad alta voce da un unico narratore, Moro Silo, che con la sua più che trentennale esperienza di lettore, riesce a cogliere l'enorme quantità di significati presenti nel libro nel massimo rispetto dello stile unico e originale dell'autore, del suo contesto storico-culturale e filologico.

  • Die Elenden / Les Misérables | Victor Hugo

    Die Elenden / Les Misérables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Gert Westphal
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    Paris, 19. Jahrhundert: Die französische Revolution ist lange vorbei, doch die Menschen leben noch immer in Elend und Unterdrückung. Der ehemalige Häftling Jean Valjean hat seine unrühmliche Vergangenheit als Dieb hinter sich gelassen und sich bis zum Bürgermeister und Fabrikanten hochgearbeitet. Als nun vermögender Mann versucht er, den Ärmsten zu helfen. Auch seiner Arbeiterin Fantine. Als sie stirbt, nimmt er ihre Tochter Cosette zu sich und zieht sie wie sein eigenes Kind auf.

  • Ninety-Three | Victor Hugo

    Ninety-Three

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (8)
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    (3)
    Story
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    It is 1793 in France, the year of the guillotine. Already, Louis XVI has been sentenced to the scaffold, and Terror reigns. The architects of the Revolution (Marat, Danton, and Robespierre) have set up the Convention, an embryo parliament, designed to stem social chaos. But ideals topple in the face of political necessity, alliances founder, and intrigue is a way of life.

    Grainne says: "Five stars for Hugo's work 3 for the recording!"
  • Les Misérables: Radio Drama of the Classic Victor Hugo Masterpiece | Victor Hugo

    Les Misérables: Radio Drama of the Classic Victor Hugo Masterpiece

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
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    This 1937 radio dramatization was written, produced, and performed by none other than the incomparable Orson Welles of War of the Worlds fame. The story of the book is faithfully retold (with questionable subjects carefully camouflaged) and is suitable for students aged 10 and older. This live recording, masterfully performed by an incredible professional cast, includes sound effects, music, and an unforgettable story.

  • Les contemplations | Victor Hugo

    Les contemplations

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Michaël Lonsdale, Denis Podalydès
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    Les Contemplations de Victor Hugo est un recueil de poésies écrites entre 1834 et 1855. Regroupés en deux tomes, ces poèmes se divisent entre Autrefois et Aujourd'hui, une période heureuse où l'auteur contemplait la richesse de l'amour et de la nature, et des jours plus sombres frappés par le deuil de sa fille Léopoldine. Michaël Lonsdale et Denis Podalydès lisent en alternance les six livres que composent Les Contemplations, l'un des écrits les plus connus de la langue française.

  • Les Miserables | Victor Hugo

    Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (69 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    Overall
    (2)
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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.

  • Les Miserables | Victor Hugo

    Les Miserables

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    Overall
    (4)
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    (3)
    Story
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    Les Miserables is set in Paris after the French Revolution. In the sewers and back streets 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 heartbroken Fantine, and 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.

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Victor Hugo

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
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    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Quasimodo was born disfigured, hunchbacked and lame, and years spent ringing the bells of the Cathedral of Notre Dame have left him deaf, but also spared him the taunts of the cruel mobs of Paris. Now Quasimodo has fallen in love with the lovely Gypsy girl Esmeralda, the only person who ever showed pity on him - but she faces a death sentence, and only Quasimodo's pure spirit can save her. Or can he?

  • Les Miserables | Victor Hugo

    Les Miserables

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Misérables follows the adventures of 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.

    joanna green says: "Wonderful Classic"
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Victor Hugo

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
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    Quasimodo is abandoned as a baby on the steps of Notre Dame. He becomes a bell-ringer there, but in order to hide his grotesque features he spends his life virtually imprisoned in a tower. While there, he becomes obsessed by Esmerelda, a gipsy who dances in the square below. A tragic and moving tale.

  • The Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo

    The Toilers of the Sea

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Patrick Dickson
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Victor Hugo wrote this wonderful story while living in exile on the island of Guernsey, which is where the adventure unfolds. Set in the early 1800s, The Toilers of the Sea tells off a young reclusive fisherman who falls dangerously in love with a beautiful island girl. Her uncle, himself an intrepid seafarer, is the owner of a paddle-steamer, which plies its trade to and from St. Malo on the coast of Brittany.

    Jack Lilley says: "Fantastic listening on sea side holiday"
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