• Les Misérables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 67 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-29-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (246 ratings)

Regular price: $60.00

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

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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27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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

Terrible Audio quality

Any additional comments?

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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18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Milton on 09-03-17


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 09-10-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Clara Paganin on 11-16-17


The Narrator was fantastic his French pronunciation was amazing. He read with clarity , each character was well portrayed.
A long book, with lots of historical facts.
Never boring. Enjoyed every minute

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rodney Hrvatin on 03-09-17

An epic story but not quite so epic performance

What made the experience of listening to Les Misérables the most enjoyable?

This was an entertaining performance that showed great depth. It is an epic novel but listening to it in small chunks does help keep the interest up through the longeurs of the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Valjean and Javert are particularly well presented.

What about Bill Homewood’s performance did you like?

His French is impeccable but his raspy singing voice grates on the nerves after a while. It is also very obvious where he started every take as it always starts softly and then gets louder.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"You've seen the musical and seen the film, now hear the book!"

Any additional comments?

If you make it through this audiobook you should feel mighty chuffed. 67 hours is a very long time but you'll really feel like the experience has been worth it. Do give this one a go if you have a spare credit.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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