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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 Davidso Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Victor Hugo’s grand medieval melodrama tells the story of the beautiful Esmeralda, a Gypsy girl loved by three men: Archdeacon Frollo, his adoptive son Quasimodo, bell-ringer of Notre-Dame cathedral, and Captain Phoebus. Falsely accused of trying to murder Phoebus, who attempts to rape her, Esmeralda is sentenced to death and rescued from the gallows by Quasimodo who defends her to the last.

The subject of many adaptations for stage and screen, this remains perhaps one of the most romantic yet gripping stories ever told.

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is an epic of a whole people, with a cast of characters that ranges from the king of France to the beggars who inhabit the Parisian sewers, and at their center the massive figure—a character in itself—of the great Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of the cathedral; his foster father, the tormented archdeacon Frollo; and the beautiful and doomed Gypsy Esmeralda are caught up in a tragedy that still speaks clearly to us of revolution and social strife, of destiny and free will, and of love and loss. 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cynthia | 2/5/2014

    " Para citar a uno de los personajes: "La moraleja de esta historia es que las tentaciones de la carne son siempre perniciosas y malignas". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan Piotrowski | 2/2/2014

    " Victor Hugo has a way of conveying the most delicate and profound sentiments to the reader so that he/she not only relates to the character but also experiences every merriment, woe, transcendence and defeat as if it was his/her own. Hugo is a master of intricate description and the face 19th century French romanticism. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a sinister and despondent effigy of the times. This story of stories has no happy ending, rather, the complex tragedies become further pronounced with every turn of the page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by LifeisWrite2196 | 1/30/2014

    " I can't believe this is a Disney movie *shakes head in amazement* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hollie Hazelett | 1/25/2014

    " I absolutely loved The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. I decided I wanted to read it after I read many of the Grimm's Fairy Tales that disney turned into movies. Many of those stories have been drastically changed, and I was curious on how Disney adapted The Hunchback into a children's movie. The whole book was a complete surprise. It's not appropriate for children at all, but that wasn't that surprising part. The thing that I found most interesting is how Disney changed all the characters to fit into our definition of what a good person is. The main character (Esmerelda) is more or less the same in the movie, however all the other characters are way messed up. In both the story and the movie, the main love interest is a soldier named Phoebus. He is in both accounts insanely hot. Unfortunately in the book he is a complete jerk, and ultimately causes the death of the heroin. The only really good guy in the book is the deformed hunchback named Quasimodo. Disney however, couldn't stand to have the beautiful heroin get together with an insanely ugly person, so he changed Phoebus to the hero and let Esmerelda choose to be with him. I think it says very interesting things about what we value as a culture and what we subconsciously teach our kids is important. "

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