• Les Misérables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 67 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 29-04-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (65 ratings)

Summary

Les Misérables is set in Paris after the French Revolution. In the sewers and backstreets, we encounter "the wolf-like tread of crime", and assassination for a few sous is all in a day's work. We weep with the unlucky and heart-broken Fantine, and we exult with the heroic revolutionaries of the barricades; but above all we thrill to the steadfast courage and nobility of soul of ex-convict Jean Valjean, always in danger from the relentless pursuit of the diabolical Inspector Javert.
Translated by Isabel F. Hapgood
Public Domain (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Milton on 03-09-17

Superb

Beautifully written epic story. Brilliant, stunning, thought provoking and sad. Wonderful characters. Historically illuminating and intellectually challenging. What more could you want? Fantastically read.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sally P on 10-09-15

Wonderful though sound quality poor

There are some very slow chapters of pontification in Hugo's unabridged novel and this is the first time I have wondered whether abridged might have been shoos idea. However, I might have missed hearing some fascinating background about Paris, the Republic, and the labyrinthine Parisian sewers. A powerful story, the more so because the recording is so long. Great and skilful reading.

The files appear to lose quality by being over compressed - no problem through headphones but not great through a car stereo.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Tad Davis on 08-11-15

Could be five starts with re-engineering

I couldn't figure out how to rate this one. It's a little odd giving the story and performance five stars and then giving the overall recording only three. I'll try to explain my thinking.

This title could be a slam-dunk five stars all around. Bill Homewood is a brilliant narrator and captures Hugo's spirit as well as anyone. But the sound quality on the recording is poor: the bass is way too high, and his voice is muffled. That being said, earphones vary a lot, and it's possible to get earphones that flatten out the sound and improve the experience. But I listen to almost all books with the same standard-issue earphones because they're the only ones that stay in my ears; and almost all books are fine, especially with Audible's enhanced quality format. But not this one.

So my three stars is kind of a warning. If you have the right earphones - ones that play up the treble, are better suited to voice, or somehow can flatten the bass - you could be in for a major treat. But if you use the earphones / ear buds / ear pods that came with your generic MP3 player or phone, this one may be hard to listen to.

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29 of 30 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By nateographer on 14-05-16

Terrible Audio quality

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This is one of the all-time great stories and the reader does an amazing job sharing the story. Unfortunately the quality of the recording is terrible. I actually am trying to find a way to get refunded because the quality is so poor compared to all of the other books I have purchased and I cannot listen to it in most of the circumstances that I normally listen to my audio books.

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19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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