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Publisher's Summary

It is hardly surprising that Victor Hugo's 1862 masterwork should have inspired one of the most phenomenally successful musicals in the history of the Broadway stage. Les Misérables has long been recognized as one of the finest novels of all time, a brilliant fusion of unforgettable characters and universal themes. Its hero is Jean Valjean, the noble peasant imprisoned. A sweeping story of love and honor in the depths of the Parisian underworld, immerses us in an epic struggle between good and evil, and carries us onto the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a realism that is unsurpassed in modern literature.
We experience the desperation of the prostitute, Fantine; the amorality of the rogue, Thenardier; and the unquenchable desire of all human beings to be genuinely free.
Hugo saw Les Misérables as a means of dramatizing his bitter criticism of French society, but the novel that resulted transcends its own time and place. It's an ever-fascinating story, a sweeping spectacle that dazzles the senses as it touches the heart, and this audio edition captures its lasting greatness.
©1987 Lee Fahnestock and Norman MacAfee (P)1992 Penguin HighBridge Audio
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2 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 12-11-12

too short

this abridged version is too short, you might as well just see the play or watch the movie. buy a longer version to get a better sense of the original writing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By rom122 on 01-27-13

Best Fiction Ever Written

Would you listen to Les Misérables again? Why?

I love it, and listen to it over and over, more than once a year.

What did you like best about this story?

Struggle of characters to do what is best, vs. what is easiest

Have you listened to any of Mark McKerracher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, haven't heard him before, but LOVE his performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It's long and involved.

Any additional comments?

BEST BEST BEST !!!

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