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4.34675 out of 54.34675 out of 54.34675 out of 54.34675 out of 54.34675 out of 5 4.35 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor Hugo Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2003 ISBN:
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Les Miserables is widely regarded as Victor Hugo's finest work and a masterpiece of European literature. Published in 1862, the epic novel is set in the underworld of early 19th-century Paris and tells the story of Jean Valjean, a peasant imprisoned for the minor crime of stealing a single loaf of bread. An honest man driven to crime only by the desire to see his sister's starving family fed, Jean is molded into a hardened criminal by the resulting 19 years (lengthened from an original 5-year sentence for numerous escape attempts) that he spends in prison. After his release from prison he meets the kindly Bishop Myriel who inspires him to reform and become an honest man again. Living under the alias Monsieur Madeleine, Valjean manages to become a prominent and successful factory owner and eventually even the mayor of his town. In spite of his success and new life, he still finds himself haunted by a minor crime he committed shortly after his release from prison. He manages to arouse the suspicion of the town's police inspector, Javert, who feels certain that he knows Madeleine's true identity and doggedly pursues him in a relentless quest to prove his suspicions correct.

Set against the stark backdrop of 19th-century revolution-torn Paris, Les Miserables is a sweeping work that deftly deals with themes of moral failings and redemption, justice, politics and human rights. Acclaimed worldwide as one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century, it has inspired an award-winning Broadway musical as well as several film adaptations.

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.

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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherrie Platon | 2/13/2014

    " Beautiful tale of love and compassion. Wordy at times; but worth every second of my reading time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla Glenn | 2/7/2014

    " This is going to take forever to read, but that's OK because it's a remarkable novel in so many ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sjbeale | 2/3/2014

    " Fantastic story - it would have been the best book I've ever read without question were it not for some of the rambling chapters about classical history. That said, it's still an absolute work of art, even in translation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gavin Smith | 1/24/2014

    " I really enjoyed this. The prose in it can be fantastic once it gets going. It's worth reading for the description of Waterloo alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Godden | 1/24/2014

    " A heavy read, tough going and slow at times, but I love the story. Having now seen the film I appreciate why it is so popular. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.M. | 1/20/2014

    " I've been reading this for a week now and Kindle still says I'm only 3% done. WTF? So far all it's about is the bishop and how wonderful a person he is. I don't really care. I'll stick with the musical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasey | 1/17/2014

    " LOVED IT!! Next time I read it though, I want to get the cliff notes so that the historical, political, and cultural details won't be so overwhelming. Absolutely, a life changing experience! Well worth reading it all!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi Castro | 1/6/2014

    " Multiple reads over the years and I still get dragged to a dead stop by Marous and Cosette's love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 رعد الشهري | 12/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 José Manuel | 11/29/2013

    " Novela ardua pero excelente, Obra musical corta pero inspiradora, Pelicula casi . . casi . - . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaac | 11/26/2013

    " Excellent book and excellent translation! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Randolph | 11/22/2013

    " I liked the story but he digressed so much. The book could have been half the size. As example he talks about the main character going into the sewer in Paris and then spends 30 pages on the history of Paris sewers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Bortel | 10/16/2013

    " Read for the first time when I was 12. Hugo masterfully opened my eyes to love, war, parenthood, honor and faith. This story and its' characters changed my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 9/21/2013

    " Amazing even though I read the much much shorter abridged version! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 8/23/2013

    " One of my all time favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza Wulf | 6/29/2013

    " 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 Sharie Patty | 5/29/2013

    " Re reading after seeing the 2013 movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Princess Smsma | 4/27/2013

    " one of my fav. book ever <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dania | 2/8/2013

    " Just saw the movie but it's well-known how great the book is, of course authored by the legendary Victor Hugo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/12/2012

    " This unedited audio version is wonderful. I had previously listened to the abridged version and it had too much cut out in my opinion. The full version is long but so well worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amort | 8/19/2012

    " I have moved from Rand to Hugo as my philosopher de jure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 7/31/2012

    " Maybe the best book I read during college. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Teijelo | 4/5/2012

    " First big book I read in sixth grade. Sooooo goooood "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhoda Namboze | 1/22/2012

    " It's a masterpiece, set in a troubled yet beautiful period (made beautiful by its trouble). The characters are well developed and Hugo has a subtle, not-laugh-out-loud humor which is golden. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Lawrence | 12/9/2011

    " Pretty good, enjoyed how Hugo wrote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rihab Mageed | 11/21/2011

    " always loved THE BOOKS, NOW LOVED THE MOVIE "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giovanni Gesuatto | 5/24/2011

    " Wordless. For sure one of my favorite books! "

  • 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.