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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor Hugo Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781400179039
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant Barnes | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed the book. Hugo is a man of details and does an amazing job of portraying love/passion/relationships. I do not need everything to be flowers and butterflies to be satisfied, and I can see why he wrote it the way he did, but I can't help but be left a little empty at the ending of the book. Overall, a fantastic novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wedwabbit | 1/16/2014

    " Excellent book. Very tragic. I tried to read this book teen years ago and didn't have the patience with the words. Now I an able to enjoy these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/3/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 12/29/2013

    " With this book, it was a love and hate relationship for me. Took me several attempts to get past the lengthy pages of architectural descriptions, and it wasn't until page 250 that the real story started. And after the emotional ride, to find it to have a sad ending, was a bit disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherrie | 11/30/2013

    " Although it was a little slow going, I finally got this book read, I didn't really like the wording of this book, not the story, the story was beautiful. I'm sure the wording is because of the time it was written. Quasimodo is brought up by a Priest Frollo, leaving his pursuit of science and philosophy meanders to a path of unrelenting lust for the gypsy dancer Esmeralda. I loved the characters and vivid descriptions of 13th century Paris. Very interesting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaylah | 11/29/2013

    " The story-line was great, yet at times the descriptions were very pompous and extensive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Maria | 11/26/2013

    " One of my all time favorites. An absolute classic. I bought this book on a whim years ago and from the first page it had me enchanted. The Prologue that Hugo wrote, with the narrator finding the word carved into the wall of Notre Dame had me entranced. Then as the story blossomed into the complex, heart-wrenching tale that it is...it took my breath away. The tormented passion that Frollo feels for Esmeralda, the selfishness of Phoebus...and our dear, deaf Quasimodo. The complexities of the characters are so deeply rooted in the story. I was honestly hypnotized and stunned that a book so old could still touch me so deeply. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drew Masse | 11/22/2013

    " Personally, I thought this book was really dry and I didn't really like it as much as I was expecting :/ oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Fox | 11/10/2013

    " took me a couple tries to get past the beginning. the disney movie was horrible! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arun | 11/4/2013

    " Is there anything to say? Almost everyone knew this thanks for cartoons and films. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Wortham Wick | 10/21/2013

    " 5 stars/ One The best! You will can not get much more from any other Author..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Shahid | 10/9/2013

    " I thought that the end would be more tragic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandis | 8/24/2013

    " This book broke my heart--so sad and beautiful--I'm glad I finally got around to reading it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam Bright | 8/21/2013

    " Pretty cool, but I didn't enjoy the fact that everyone was trying to take advantage of poor Esmerelda. Every character was a tragic figure, destined to be unhappy in one way or another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/19/2013

    " This was a fantastic read. I adore Victor Hugo's style of writing, it flows, it enthralls, it bewitches. I cried with the characters, I laughed, and lost my temper with them. A real page turner. Will read this book many more times in the years to come! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauri | 2/20/2013

    " Mmmm...definitely not my favorite classic to date. Terrible balance betweeen the plot and waxing philosophical about all things Parisian, and then some... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Merriman | 2/9/2013

    " I remember fervent love for this book but the beauty part is that I can't remember exactly why. So a joy to dig in again and, hopefully, catch that same flame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jbrockley | 10/13/2012

    " Another Victor Hugo masterpiece that I've read at least 5 times. Magnificent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs.Fawnda Messmer | 3/4/2012

    " Wonderful! Love this book! No movie adaptation has ever done this justice. I may read this again sometime soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elijah Bender | 12/2/2011

    " This is a classic. I did enjoy reading it, however at times it did get a little draggy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenna Wood | 9/19/2011

    " favorite book in the world, frist reall book i read by my self:) sooooo good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gillian | 5/24/2011

    " extremely descriptive using contempory comparisons, which doesn't help with the meanings "

  • 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nureyev25 | 11/3/2010

    " Some heavy-handed excerpts on architecture and Paris, otherwise an unredemptive tale with a tarantino-esque ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamunjii | 2/17/2010

    " WHOAAAAAA it is one of the best books that I have ever read........... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysergius | 1/30/2010

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Roy | 8/28/2009

    " I have grown up with this story, but it is really quite different than I thought. Were there a tale of misplaced trust, and character flaws, this is it. If you expect the joy of Disney, venture not near this book. If you want a great, well written tale, albeit a black tale, read on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie Linsinbigler | 3/30/2008

    " I found this novel hysterical. The gypsies who fake their injuries, the deaf judge. The only part about it that I found predictable was Esmeralda's mother. Which I won't say anymore about because I'd hate to ruin it for someone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taylor | 8/26/2004

    " cannot. bring. myself. to. finish. this. book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikey | 8/31/2002

    " Took me way too long to read this- broken up by lots of short flights. Anyway, wow, not what I was expecting, but definitely born from Hans and Bug. I wish I'd read this 25 years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/1/2001

    " Not at all what I expected, but a good tale of tragic love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette | 5/28/2000

    " This book is fairly depressing and does not have a happy ending, but I loved it in spite of that. The characters are fascinating, the plot was well-developed and I loved the way it was written. I didn't have high expectations but I really enjoyed this book. "

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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.