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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (56,753 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor Hugo Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781455172511
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Set amid the riot, intrigue, and pageantry of medieval Paris, Victor Hugo’s masterful tale of heroism and adventure has been a perennial favorite since its first publication in 1831. It is the story of Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of the Notre Dame Cathedral, who falls in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, who shows him kindness when no one else will. However, Esmeralda’s heart lies with someone else. When she is condemned as a witch by Claude Frollo, the tormented archdeacon who lusts after her, Quasimodo attempts to save her—but his intentions are misunderstood. Written with a profound sense of tragic irony, Hugo’s powerful historical romance remains one of the most thrilling stories of all time. It is a stunning example of the author’s brilliant imagination.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vaibhav | 2/18/2014

    " It was for the first time that I read an author describing the architecture of a city coupled with the city's history and it absolutely got me hooked onto architecture. However I did not like the way the story was built up, maybe it was a famous book at the time and the writing must have appealed to the masses more then due to its writing style, but it did not do the same trick for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa Glover | 2/9/2014

    " If your only basis for understanding the story of the Hunchback is the Disney version, be prepared to confront a rude awakening. Disney's been taking the teeth out of fairy tales and stories for longer than my generation has been alive. They make stories safe, they make monsters bearable; you know there will be a happily ever after. It's Disney. Hugo's story is dark and twisted, and one has to endure long passages waxing poetic about the architecture and the construction of the city unrelated to the story. It's like contending with thick bits of gristle to get to the meaty story beneath, but once done, it is well worth it. There is a lot of Latin phrasing, and in the DailyLit.com version, not all of it is translated, so keep your internet handy. There were times when it felt draggy, but the romance and tragedy were not trivialized and the conclusion was sad, but fitting and fulfilling. I'm not entirely sure where in the story it happened, but I became enthralled with the story and I was happy that I hadn't been reading my emails in a timely fashion, so I had several to burn through at once. I enjoyed it, but I don't think I need to take up room on my shelf with the dead tree version. A digital copy will work just fine. (And it's free...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi | 1/22/2014

    " I was amazed by Victor Hugo' style. This story is captivated me as a kid, thanks to the Disney's version, now, all grown I decided to read it. This is not definitely Disney's version, the atmosphere settled in the story is quite dark and cruel, I guess this story is full of cruelness. The characters are like a gift box, you don't know what it's inside. There was a point where I felt sorry for some of the characters(Esmeralda and Frollo) and I must say, Disney's Frollo is more evil than in the book. Amazing amazing amazing, I highly recommend it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/17/2014

    " Too bad Disney mis-lead little minds about this story. Victor Hugo has much more to say in the real thing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 1/14/2014

    " Marvelous prose detracted by the melodramatic story line to the modern reader "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sher | 1/8/2014

    " The book is way different from the movies. Hugo is a master story teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheyenne | 12/17/2013

    " Easily one of the best books I have read in a long time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean Tufts | 11/29/2013

    " Disney, has corrupted this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garnet | 11/25/2013

    " Fantastic book. The ending was gorgeously sad. In case that scares anyone off, let me assure you - the cute little goat lives. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana DeRosado | 10/25/2013

    " Nothing like a good classic to perk the senses "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 10/14/2013

    " The story started off slow and tedious -- Hugo took his time introducing his characters. I was bored. About halfway thru the action really picked up and I was hooked, so the boring parts were all worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucia | 9/8/2013

    " Much more tragic than the Disney remake would lead one to believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conor O'mahony | 6/7/2013

    " Good book with strong characters and a good ending. I found the lengthy detail of the architecture of Paris through the ages a little long winded but overall really enjoyable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 grebrim | 12/16/2012

    " Too bad no one is reading Hugo anymore, this is one of my all time favourites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tess Sullivan | 2/15/2012

    " A touching tale of love and humanity the world has cherished for ages. Hugo is brilliant as he shows how light can be found even in this cruel and dark world if we have the heart to embrace it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissy Daggett | 1/17/2012

    " There were some parts that my eyes would just glaze over and I would zone out, but all the other parts were beautiful. Definitely worth rereading! "

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

    " E X C E L E N T E. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 10/26/2011

    " Although this doesn't compare to Les Miserables, Hugo can really tell a tale. The man seriously needed an editor. bookxray.blogspot.comt "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 afsoonica! Ebrahimi | 8/4/2011

    " Learned a lot about Paris and general culture of 18th century France "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " Heartbreaking. I'm sad Disney butchered this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jefferson | 5/4/2011

    " Tied as one of the three best books ever written! "

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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.