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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: November 2008 ISBN: 9781400179008
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/13/2014

    " I have started this book a few times and I have managed to actually get all the way through it once. I LOVE the musical, and having read the book (unabridged version), it made my enjoyment of the musical even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline Rouse | 2/12/2014

    " The book was wonderfully, haunting and depressingly intriguing. The movie-sickening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Lewitt | 2/11/2014

    " May have spoiled the movies for me--which is why i decided to read the book at all: I liked the movie versions I'd seen so well. Particuarly as regards Marius' character. Every movie I've seen paints him as sort of a flake or something and in the book he isn't at all. That part had me hooked. And of course the ending was so different from any movie I've seen that it surprised me--pleasantly, though. I really enjoy reading books that make me really think and consider about what I usually consider ot be "Christian" subjects: forgiveness & grace vs. leagalism. (I had similar experiences with the books "Ivanhoe" and "Jane Eyre"--surprised by meaning.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Pen | 2/8/2014

    " Loooooooong book. Is it bad I like the musical more ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/8/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed the unabridged version. Once you figure out Victor Hugo's overall construct -- that Jean Valjean is the "trunk" of the narrative, and every other character or situation is a "branch" that leads back to Jean Valjean -- your patience as a reader is rewarded. I believe this construct is what translates the work so successfully into the hit Broadway show. That, and the depth and impact of each of the memorable characters. One thing though: there are occasional long passages of topical references strung together which are unaccessible to the casual modern reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/7/2014

    " It was amazing! Jean Valjean's character was so intriguing! I only read the abridged version, so I might tackle the unabridged sometime, but I didn't feel like I missed out on anything by reading it abridged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 2/4/2014

    " Not just a book, it's a commitment. At more than 2,500 pages on my ipad (and not at an increased font size), this is the longest book I've ever read. In spite of it's daunting size, I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it. Fans of the many movies that have been made over the years or of the stage show will find a much richer story filled with meaningful detail and backstories on the characters. It is very readable, although some patience is required when Hugo digresses from the story to give detailed accounts of the battle of Waterloo, the strict rules at a convent, the role of barricades in French uprisings, and the development of the Paris sewer system, to name a few. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/3/2014

    " Underneath 1000 pages of over-detailed back story and random historical facts is a beautiful story of sacrifice and love. I have read many reviews of how this is a fantastic 5* book, a true favourite for so many. However, I am with the minority who acknowledge the wonderful story within but have been bored to tears with the excessive and sometimes irrelevant blurb piled on top. Yes, some of the backstory is interesting and helps you understand the motives of characters but a whole book on the history of Parisian sewers?? The history of convents? I found I read this book in three ways - my usual close reading, taking in the detail; lightly skimming the pages to pluck out those sections that really progressed the story on (I did this a lot during the book about the Bishop) and then fully turning pages, barely glancing at what was written, in a quest to get back to the true story once more. Probably would have been better to read an abridged version!! I can't say I would recommend the unabridged version!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Godden | 2/3/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Gibbons | 1/30/2014

    " Powerful story to inspire any reader - timeless message of love, challenge, and humanity. A book for all ages. Of course, the play and movie are superb as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Laird | 1/28/2014

    " An absolutely amazing read. To be honest, some parts that gave some back-story did drag on, but the parts afterwards made up for them. I really want to find an older version, though, as some of the parts in this book have been changed (The first description of Enjolras had been changed slightly, and Grantaire's last sentence to Enjolras was drastically different). Also, most versions of the book are about 1500 pages long, while this one was only 1232, so I'm wondering if parts have been taken out. Apart from that, a must-read. Victor Hugo, I salute you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherinedavis | 1/26/2014

    " 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/25/2014

    " If I understood more of the time period and could vaguely understand the French language, I would slap 5 big, fat stars on this book. The story is compelling, powerful and emotional. I found myself fascinated by the characters. But it was so wordy and felt extremely tedious at times as I slogged through pages of descriptions that caused me to find myself thinking of my to-do list instead of the words on the page. But I was determined to read every single word, and I did. And I'm better for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nirali Murthy | 1/25/2014

    " I watched this movie and there was absolutely no words for such a well made movie! I went with my friends and well I have never cried through a movie but I did!! Amazing work of art. Wonderful characters. He did a great job to tell a romantic yet sorrowful journey about the French Revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joni Hilton | 1/23/2014

    " Long before the musical ever came out, this was my favorite novel and remains so to this day. Victor Hugo crafted an amazing story that can change your life. Shame, repentance, redemption, the ability of a person to change, the power in Christ's atonement, the importance of loving one another... it's packed with wonderful messages. In fact, when I heard they were doing a musical of it I was worried they wouldn't be able to include everything. And they didn't-- it would be impossible. Several intriguing plot lines are omitted, including the military service of Marius' father, but the musical still contains the best parts. Better still is the book-- of course-- so make sure you read it. (Just don't get the long version with an interminable description of the Paris sewer system.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndee Aerts | 1/22/2014

    " Profoundly moving. Beyond description really. The story of redemption 2nd only to Christ. Well worth the time to savor all of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri Ward | 1/19/2014

    " 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 Hannah | 1/19/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Nelson | 1/19/2014

    " Great story.. Definately worth the time to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Safy | 1/19/2014

    " it deserved every sec !!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrey | 1/18/2014

    " Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of angry men. It is the music of the people who will not be slaves again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope Long | 1/18/2014

    " 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 Jaime | 1/15/2014

    " Victor Hugo's homage to the depths and heights of the human spirit is played out against the French Revolution and social upheaval of the late-19th century. Too much has been said about the story so i will focus on the message. It resounds with applicability of the concepts of love, devotion, integrity and hope that each of us has in his/her soul. It also touches on the concepts of forgiveness and obsession. Often, it is our weaknesses that guide us into ruin. Such is the main flaw of the villain in this excellent novel. There are many instance when the application of Biblical principles is so appropriate. Enjoy this story of life and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/12/2014

    " I did it!!!!! I finished it!!!! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Febryanthie Apituley | 1/11/2014

    " I read the book. I watched the movie in Canada, 2012, but I haven't seen the theater version of this. But after all, this the story about love, solidarity and how GOD is the virtue you can cling onto. C'est magnifique! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Derbyshire | 1/10/2014

    " I've heard that this is widely thought of as one of the finest novels to come out of the nineteenth century, and there's no denying that it is a very fine novel. It's a masterclass in the craft of writing - characters who are so real they could step forth from the page in front of you, plot development which never falters and a story to get as lost in as ValJean in the Parisien sewers. It's also a LOT of novel - 959 pages - and it took me a very, very long time to read it. There were moments - particularly during the character driven sections of the novel - where I simply couldn't read fast enough, I was enjoying it so much. And then there were other moments when I struggled to go on. At the end of the day (ha ha - get it - well you would if you'd seen the musical!) this is a Hugo novel and, after all, why use 1 word when 30 or 40 will do? There's a lot in this book concerning history, the Napoleonic wars, the history of the cannon, the history of those same sewers mentioned above and a whole lot more which I just found myself skipping at the end - those sections struck me as a bit dry and they're not going to be to everybody's taste. However, this is a book which is over 100 years old and which still had the power to make me cry, not just once, but in several moments. It is a book which is still as relevant today in its tale of love and redemption, as it ever was a century ago. Yes, it can be heavy weather in parts, but it's worth the effort. (Plus I can recommend the musical and the cinema version - they also made me cry). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corrie Walden | 1/4/2014

    " Hugo is a master but a wordy master. Great story and character studies but has a lot of extra pontifications on history, politics, etc that are difficult to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Bortel | 1/4/2014

    " 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 John Betts | 1/3/2014

    " My absolute favorite from the classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rjones2818 | 1/1/2014

    " Don't be discouraged by the size of the book. It reads amazingly well. Also, pay attention to the minor characters. as they may well be more important that any of the major characters. Les Miserables is so much better than any of the adaptations we have it isn't even funny. Read this as soon as you get a chance! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/27/2013

    " THIS IS THE BEST BOOK IVE EVER READ IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ghadeer | 12/23/2013

    " (( i Dreamed a Dreame in time gOne by ,, when hOpe was high ,, and life wOrth living )) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/23/2013

    " This book makes me thankful that I am able to enjoy life rather than to have to endure it, as so many before me have had to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curt Parish | 12/22/2013

    " Great book but I nearly threw it across the room when, at the climax, Hugo launched into a chapter long history of the Paris sewer system. Apparently Parisians are very proud of their sewer system. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 12/21/2013

    " Nothing like ending the day by reading a short story fiction classic! The film was only three hours long so I should be able to finish the book 2night I figure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurelyn | 12/19/2013

    " This beautiful story of redemption leaves you changed for good. Such a worthwhile read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 12/18/2013

    " I got this for free on the kindle and have tried several times to read it and can't get through it. One of the most boring, dry books I have ever tried to read. Have know idea how they get a movie/ musical anything from this. will try some day to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndee Aerts | 12/14/2013

    " Profoundly moving. Beyond description really. The story of redemption 2nd only to Christ. Well worth the time to savor all of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Husmann | 12/14/2013

    " Abridged classics are just barely acceptable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasey | 12/6/2013

    " 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!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Chenault | 12/6/2013

    " What a remarkable and timeless story!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billbracey | 11/24/2013

    " Victor never met a tangent he didn't like, but he wrote well and the book is more far satisfying than some weak show tunes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 11/18/2013

    " Interesting characters and themes. Very wordy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindt | 11/12/2013

    " Wow! Just... Wow! I am absolutely speechless!! A classic novel, that truly makes you not put the book down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Rawles | 11/9/2013

    " Phew. I am glad to have my life back. Yet I don't. I'm still immersed in Hugo's world. I'm watching an older movie version of the book on Netflix, preparing to go see the film, still grieving over Jean Valjean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare Ann | 11/7/2013

    " 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monique | 11/2/2013

    " I started reading this book after seeing the movie...needless to say the book was much more detailed. Many parts were frivolous ( I thought). The book helped me understand the French Revolution and the times. It was a very long book, at.times it was a fast read and the story took me in. I liked the character of Cosettes father, in him we see so much good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 11/2/2013

    " Marvy but he does go on a bit... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessylyn | 10/29/2013

    " "To love another person is to see the face of God." :) I hope the upcoming movie would give justice to the beauty of this book. *cross-fingers* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nour Hany | 10/25/2013

    " one of amazing novels in history "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fayrouz | 10/20/2013

    " read this book about 6 years ago and it still gives me goosebumps every time I think about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 10/4/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tala | 10/3/2013

    " Loved it, and the movie as well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 9/29/2013

    " Even better than the musical! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Barron-rolfe | 9/15/2013

    " VICTOR HUGO WAS A MASTER AT BRINGING INTENSE EMOTION TO THE WRITTEN WORD. 2ND FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/11/2013

    " h aHA hA AH h aAH H Aa "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 8/31/2013

    " The story is great. It is based on true life scenario featuring cruel people, the Justice and other social discrepancies in our society. Can't wait to see it on the big screen :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 8/5/2013

    " Great writing, great story, but sometimes hard to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 7/22/2013

    " It's a great story...and an easy read with this adapted version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 6/3/2013

    " This is my 2nd read after a few decade, I picked up a few details and renewed my love for this great story. This abridged version captures the essence with bogging the reader with irrelevant history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny McD. | 5/9/2013

    " The best book I've ever read. Fantine's story touched me deeper than anything I've read before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 leelindsey mckinney | 4/16/2013

    " hmmm. read in high school. recent movie brought it forward, and i am happy with it again. it is important to me to read outside my usual choices now and again. it is a joy to revisit old book friends and find they are as meaningful now as then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 3/24/2013

    " this was a very good book. it was detailed and intriguing how the plot was separated but then came together in the most perfect ways. hugo is a genious!!!!! Watch the movie it was excellent, moved me to tears!!!! 3 Cheers for Les Mis!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 3/13/2013

    " Long. Glad I listened to it. Probably should read or listen to it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Setso Metodi | 2/28/2013

    " First read it when 16 years old. Reread it at least once every couple of years since. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Teijelo | 2/4/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Ramsay | 1/18/2013

    " This an intolerably long book, some interesting and some not. I think Hugo was paid by the pound. I read the unabridged version. Go for the shorter one or watch the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 1/14/2013

    " Very difficult to get through... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona | 1/3/2013

    " This books has many truths, one of which is that true happiness in life is being loved, especially being loved in spite of yourself. Despite the horror of injustice and cruelty, love bears out. The book is most precious to me, all 1400+ pages of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Papadann | 11/19/2012

    " 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 Distortedr | 11/15/2012

    " Great book The only thing I did not like when the author would go on 40 page tangents about historical battles and places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Gambrell | 11/13/2012

    " Way better than the movie or musical (but I'm sure most book-lovers say that). The story never seems antiquated and it rarely moves at a slow pace. I was surprised: I thought reading this would be akin to a Dickens novel, but it was so much more relaxing than that. Hugo writes very personally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/4/2012

    " This gets four stars strictly because of it's length. There are long passages describing the sewer systems and such that could be cut out. But the story is amazing and it's worth wading through the occasional diatribe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giovanni Gesuatto | 10/29/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 10/4/2012

    " One of the best books we ever read in high school - still think of it to this day "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aiza Cecilia | 7/22/2012

    " Life changing book. This one definitely falls under that category. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza Wulf | 7/17/2012

    " 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 Mark | 7/8/2012

    " I would always read Hugo over Dickens "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 6/8/2012

    " I enjoyed it! One of the best books I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianne | 6/4/2012

    " I love Les Mis but this abridged version is terrible. It cuts out some very important moments in the narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 6/3/2012

    " This is a pretty good book. I like it because I love the play and the book explains the play. There are a few parts that are slightly slow and boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darcy | 5/15/2012

    " It was an abridged version! I feel like I read a summary... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 no-one | 5/12/2012

    " Amazing. Definitely worth a read! It had me laughing at the antics of tenardie and crying at the hard life of epponine and fontinne. What is worse and well conveyed in the book is how young these female characters are, yet they feel like their life is over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tutti Fruiti96 | 5/12/2012

    " it is too much miseable and way too far from reality. i mean no person could have lived this misrery! it is a nice book but too much melodramatic, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 4/29/2012

    " One of my favorite classics of overcoming adversity! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Blansett | 4/21/2012

    " Whoops! Didn't want the abridged version! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chiqui | 3/30/2012

    " Seriously though most of those stars are for the Les Amis de l'Abaisse. Favorite part of the book ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Ruffing | 12/21/2011

    " Great book: long but beautifully written. Many think of it as an historical novel, and it is. But more than that, it is the story of the redemption of one man's soul by the kindness of another man. An inspirational story and an example to us all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yov_coop | 12/11/2011

    " I love this book =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 11/14/2011

    " I loved this book! Not only is the story captivating and intricately woven, but the writing is so superbly poetic, it draws your heart in even more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 11/11/2011

    " I read the unabridged version translated by Julie Rose. It was a chore getting through pieces of it (300 pages in the Battle of Waterloo?), but I really enjoyed the translation and found the story to be every bit as powerful as I expected it to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (Benji) The Non Reluctant Reader | 10/24/2011

    " Reading it for the fifth time now... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Rossetti | 10/6/2011

    " Excellent story but Hugo gets sidetracked many times with issues of his day detract from the story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Langer | 8/4/2011

    " Not an easy read for me, but I still loved it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Fletcher | 7/16/2011

    " I tried so hard to read this book but it was so confusing. I understand it better now that I've seen the movie (which I loved) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 5/25/2011

    " My mother gave this book to me when I was eleven....I think that explains much of how I see the world.

    I ended up on a long journey into domestic novels--led me all the way to my dissertation eventually.

    Don't read if you hate sensory detail! "

  • 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.