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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (304,571 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor Hugo Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Tantor Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Les Misérables is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. First published in France in 1862, it is Victor Hugo’s greatest achievement—the ultimate tale of redemption. Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catherinedavis | 2/19/2014

    " I am very appreciative of technology as I embark on this book. I try to attempt books from our literary canon every so often , just to see what the fuss is about. Having recently seen the film remake at the theatre, I thought it high time to tackle the full version. It is a feast of literature at its finest. My shrunken aptitude of vocabulary requires me to look up several words per page. I highly recommend an e reader with kobo format for the purposes of a dictionary function . Great story and brilliant characters, obviously !l "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peter Larson | 2/19/2014

    " It took me three months to read Les Miserables. It is a work of spiritual and literary genius. Victor Hugo seems to be almost omniscient in his encyclopedic knowledge of people, life, French politics, etymology, the sewer system of Paris, the battle of Waterloo, etc. What impressed me most was his knowledge of the dark underworld of "the miserable ones" who exist at the lowest levels of society: prisoners, street urchins, prostitutes, criminals and convicts. The author seems to know this demimonde so intimately, as if he had lived there himself. Charles Dickens was another author who did this. I don't think there is anyone writing today (at a high literary level) who understands what life is like at the lowest level of society. Tom Wolfe has tried but not quite pulled it off (Bonfire of the Vanities, Man in Full). Most authors today are writing about life in the middle class or upper middle class. Although the play and movie are excellent, they do not begin to compare with reading the book. It is like the difference between flying over the Grand Canyon in a jet airplane and actually hiking through the Canyon on foot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charity | 2/14/2014

    " Beautiful book! Wonderful lessons that really make you think about life and what we deem acceptable. Beautiful portrayal of justice and mercy and how both are needed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathi | 2/14/2014

    " This was a great edition to a very long book! I will be going to see the play again and taking my daughter for the first time. I wanted to review the story line before going to see the play and this edition did the trick. I think it will be a great way to introduce my daughter to the story as well. "

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