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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (56,648 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor Hugo Narrator: Bill Homewood Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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In the grotesque bell-ringer Quasimodo, Victor Hugo created one of the most vivid characters in classic fiction. Quasimodo's doomed love for the beautiful gipsy girl Esmeralda is an example of the traditional love theme of beauty and the beast. Yet, set against the massive background of Notre Dame de Paris and interwoven with the sacred and secular life of medieval France, it takes on a larger perspective. The characters come to life; the poet Gringoire, the tormented priest Claude Frollo, the upright, fun-loving captain Phoebus and above all Quasimodo and Esmeralda themselves. It is a tale peppered with humor but fuelled by the anguish which unfolds beneath the bells of the great cathedral of Paris. 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 Anna | 2/6/2014

    " Sigh. So tragic. Very Hugo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/24/2014

    " Was a slow going start, but does turn into a good read. Can see why it is a classic that endures, even if not high on most peoples list. Reading on my Kindle, so 88% read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/2/2014

    " This book is truly an amazing piece of classic french literature. I usually don't read tragedies, even if they're classics, but this is so good partially because of the beautiful tragedy. It couldn't have been as beautiful if it had a happy ending, and it just wouldn't seem right if it did. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It's just that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeva | 12/28/2013

    " I choose this book because my mom had read it and she recommended for me to read it so i did and i thought it was wonderful.The plot is about Quasimodo the hunchback who is ugliest in Paris and he causes harm to to beautiful gypsy Esmeralda so he has two hours of torture so then he asked for water and they don't bring him any. Then Esmeralda brings him water and from that moment he is in love with her. She is forced to love someone else but she doesn't so that man hanged her. Then the hunchback sees and then many years later they find there skeletons and they hunch back is curled around Esmeralda. My favorite quote from the book is " Do not fear," she heard Quasimodo cry through the door. " I shall protect you!".I really like that quote because the hunch back was deaf but he said all that he he was willing to save her and that shows his love for her. I think the authors style is well thought out and how he shows the true meaning of love in this book. I would recommend this book to someone who likes reading about how people go to the far depths for there true love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett Cottrell | 12/21/2013

    " Let down after Les Miserables. Big time. I didn't buy the two Esmeraldas - how a strong, independent woman with a happy life fell for Phoebus so easily. Made no sense, even in light of the time frame. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ed | 12/16/2013

    " While the plot is decent and Quasimodo is a sympathetic character, I had problems with this novel. I find that I am not as sympathetic to Esmeralda at times as a reader probably should be.Even so, this would not be a bad read just because of that.The major flaw with this novel is that Hugo gets bogged down in the architecture of Paris. While this may make it interesting for a student of medieval architecture, for those wanting a good story it can become tedious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shams | 12/16/2013

    " Another timeless classic; warning: it shall depress you. I remember reading this at a very young age with tissues in my hand. Quasimodo may be defined as a "monster" on the outside, yet on the inside ... no character is as beautiful as him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eneida | 11/27/2013

    " This book started off slow for me but by the end I was so happy I finished it. This book also ignited a spark in me to continue reading more and watching TV less. Classics such as these make me so grateful I have becomes reader instead of a couch potato. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hanna | 11/15/2013

    " Most depressing book i've ever read. Considering what i like to read, that's saying something. I don't know what exactly, but something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harmony | 10/24/2013

    " Oh all that I have ever loved! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon | 8/29/2013

    " Struck me as contrived and uninspiring - enjoyed Les Mis far more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby Stafford | 8/16/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars. How did this get made into a Disney family movie? Quite good book. Hugo's comments on architecture were quite interesting. I enjoyed Hugo's novels , but my favorite is still British. One would almost think you had been to Paris after the detailed descriptions Hugo gave. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raleighhunter | 6/8/2013

    " Hugo creates wonderful characters that reflects aspects of human interaction and inner turmoil. Plus, Hugo gives you an insight to history in a fun way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary Singer | 5/2/2013

    " I love Victor Hugo's writing, so...five stars! What's not to like about a book that rants its way over a dozen pages to list every church in Paris, in French? Got to love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arianna | 3/18/2013

    " Once I got used to the style of language, I couldn't stop reading. I can't wait to read more of Victor Hugo's work. This book had me gasping and crying and left me with such sadness that I had to read a few light books to feel better. This is a beautiful, and profoundly sad book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 11/24/2012

    " Epic and complex, a challenge for contemporary non-academic readers, I think. But a great and sad story nonetheless. It definitely needs a movie remake... something that deals more honestly with Hugo's portrait of a corrupt catholic church and tragic class struggle in medieval society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley Serrano | 1/15/2012

    " Read the abridged versions of Hugo's work unless you love descriptive detail that never seems to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysergius | 12/31/2011

    " Excellent tale. Cannot understand why I have not read it before. Oh well, so it goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 6/5/2011

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

  • 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

Bill Homewood is a television, voice actor, and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He has regularly appeared on such shows as Coronation Street, The Adventure Game, and The Talisman.