Les Miserables

  • by Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by Joss Ackland, Roger Allam, full cast
  • 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Joss Ackland, Roger Allam, and Leslie Phillips star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel.
When poverty drives Jean Valjean to steal a loaf of bread from a baker’s window, it is an action that will haunt him for the rest of his life. A citizen of postrevolutionary France, he is sentenced to nineteen years’ hard labour. On his release his fortunes change, and he becomes a respectable businessman and member of society - and yet his past continues to dog him in the form of the sadistic Inspector Javert, who seems determined to pursue Valjean to the grave.
A student uprising is gaining momentum in Paris, and barricades are being built around the city. Valjean’s adopted daughter, Cosette, has fallen in love with the young revolutionary Marius, and the lives of all three are in peril unless they can flee to safety.
Some of the most significant moments in nineteenth century history form the backdrop for Victor Hugo’s powerful story, in which love and heroism march in the face of poverty and social injustice.


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Radio doing what it does best

A superb dramatisation making full use of the sound medium fully rounded characterisations great music
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- Markie


Probably the best performance I have ever listened to, very much enjoyed indeed. Made my walks very easy and very far. Thank you BBC for that
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- haydon attwood

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-03-2015
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd