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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (310,417 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor Hugo Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Craig Black Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781455173198
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Set in the Parisian underworld of the early nineteenth century, Les Misérables follows the adventures of Jean Valjean, once an honest peasant, who was imprisoned for nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving family. A hardened and bitter criminal upon his release, Valjean is transformed when an act of compassion by a priest he robbed saves him from returning to prison. Changing his identity and his ways, Valjean becomes a successful industrialist and eventually the town mayor. Taking compassion on the poor, he raises the orphaned daughter of a prostitute as his own, never telling her of his shady past. Yet he is haunted by it, still pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert, who does not believe in moral redemption. When Valjean's daughter, Cosette, falls in love with a young revolutionary, Javert concocts a plot to catch both the lawless peasants and the elusive Valjean once and for all. Full of suspense, romance, and powerful social commentary, this sweeping epic became the gospel of the oppressed and is widely considered one of the greatest French novels of its age.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When I was fifteen, I was completely bowled over by Les Misérables. All my life long I have continually been discovering fresh aspects of Hugo’s genius.”

    André Maurois

  • “A sprawling, robust novel.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “A humanist masterpiece.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Its historical sweep, during the brewing of the French Revolution, is large, and its emotional sweep even larger.”

    AudioFile

  • “Davidson’s exquisitely nuanced interpretation of Les Misérables expertly reflects the excellence of Hugo’s literary and political classic.”

    Booklist (audio review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn | 2/16/2014

    " To commit to reading this book is to commence a long, heart-wrenching, perilous journey. I understand those who, for whatever reasons, do not finish it. Hugo's writing is very vivid, and alive with an incredible insight of human emotions that is at times staggering and overwhelming. He shares a lot of political commentary and opinions, mixed with the history and turmoil of the France of his time. It was during these parts that I would find myself considering not finishing the book, but I would come across a bit of writing that was so exquisite that I continued on in the hopes of finding another gem of a passage. I was never disappointed. It was an adventure I am glad I undertook. I only wish I could have my passport stamped, "Journey Accomplished." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly Temporal | 2/12/2014

    " Have alway loved this book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Papadann | 2/12/2014

    " Aptly titled. A miserable book to read...150 page story crammed into 1000 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza Wulf | 2/4/2014

    " Great book, ending made me cry. I hate you Marcus. Read the book first, then go see the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 12/31/2013

    " This book made me believe in love, transformation, and happily ever-afters, and in the most intelligently tragic way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemaryknits | 12/20/2013

    " I am so sad that I'm finished with this book. I don't want to leave these people. Oh, and I want to run away with Jean Valjean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonah L-p | 12/12/2013

    " Wow. Just wow. Hugo's writing is unique and genius. Everyone should read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri Ward | 10/7/2013

    " Took me a couple years to get through it once. Like reading the Bible. I've gone back and read different books in it to refresh in my mind the backstory on the characters before going to the stage play, or sitting down to listen to the music. Yeah, I'm a Les Miz Groupie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 9/28/2013

    " I loved every moment of this book. It's a phenomenal read cover to cover. I loved it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Hicks | 9/28/2013

    " When asked what is my favorite book this is my response "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare Ann | 8/6/2013

    " I really liked the book. There are many things that are in the book that are not in the movie. I definitely recommend the book even though it is 1200 pages. It is totally worth it. LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arvind Sreekumar | 7/13/2013

    " Amazing Book.... Read it to watch the movie thereafter.... and now i can....;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 smmala | 7/11/2013

    " A long, long book. Read it on a kindle on and off for nine months. I'm not a history fan, so elements of the french revolution didn't appeal (hence I sped read over those bits) but Jean V did. It's a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 5/19/2013

    " I fell in love with this story when I was 17. So glad I was able to finally read it and delve even deeper into this amazing story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope Long | 3/12/2013

    " A history lesson, a look into the caste system of France, the struggles of a man for salvation, his struggles to right his wrongs, the love of a "father" for his "daughter", a young romance, poverty, perversion, corruption - it's all in Les Miserables. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 12/11/2012

    " It was actually a 3 hour abridged radio theater version I listened to on CD, but it was awesome. Minus all the history and politics of Hugo's full length tale, it had plenty of drama, action, and of course, forgiveness.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Crowder | 11/11/2012

    " Great book...obviously really long. Wouldn't have taken so long to read if my kindle wasn't temporarily lost during the move LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Metanira | 11/28/2011

    " Surprised about this abridged Version full of speed, nice characters and a Vers interesting storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vishal | 9/18/2011

    " A easy to understand story, not too many characters and a vivid description of minute details, has delivered a useful, readable and engaging literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 5/21/2011

    " I started to read the unabridged novel, than found an abridged reading at the library. Both are fabulous, I still need to finish the unabridged novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renata | 5/20/2011

    " I understood it alot better than the play which was good. But that might have something to do with all of my classmates talking above the show so I couldn't really understand it. But yep it was a good book about a war and two people that fall in love and all that good stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 5/17/2011

    " This may be my favorite book of all time. Very moving story that has everything: drama, action, romance, tragedy, set in historic places and times and covering decades. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/17/2011

    " The unabridged took me forever to read, but it really was quite interesting. Not only was the plot enhanced, but I learned a lot of strange yet interesting things about convents, sewers, and little French children who live on the street. Would definitely recommend to anyone who likes thick books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 5/16/2011

    " "classic" but boring to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 O_susannah | 5/16/2011

    " I have only read this abridged before and I loved that, and so far I really like it unabridged too, lengthy Waterloo scenes and all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/14/2011

    " buku para pemberontak yang menyentil ssecara terang2an keadaan di paris pada jammannya..gw suka banget sama Mr.Jean Valjeannya "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/14/2011

    " I read the abridged version. It's language, world, narration, characters, and themes did not capture my attention. I finished it barely. I will say that all my friends thoroughly loved and enjoyed the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willeke | 5/12/2011

    " A must-read! Nothing more, nothing less! Victor Hugo captures France and the life of its people in a captivating way... to re-read, and re-read over and over again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arjen | 5/11/2011

    " Not bad. Has fabulous parts, intensely boring parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 5/10/2011

    " This is my favorite book. I am not sure why I like it so much, but I like the style of writing as well as the story. Grew up listening to the musical on cd, and have seen the play. Book is still the favorite of all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 5/9/2011

    " Read the abridged version. Love this book. Such a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qursheedali | 5/9/2011

    " Bonjour, Monsieur et Madame. Les Misérables is one of the best history books because the telling of how many french men or women were going through the french revolution. It is really long, but history is still alive because it makes want to learn more about that event or place.

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About the Author
Author Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo (1802–1885) was a poet, novelist, dramatist, and leader of the romantic movement in France. He also played an active part in political life. His literary works best known in English include Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Ninety-Three.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.