The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • by Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set amid the riot, intrigue, and pageantry of medieval Paris, Victor Hugo's masterful tale of heroism and adventure has been a perennial favorite since its first publication in 1831. It is the story of Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of the Notre Dame Cathedral, who falls in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. When Esmeralda is condemned as a witch by Claude Frollo, the tormented archdeacon who lusts after her, Quasimodo attempts to save her; but his intentions are misunderstood. Written with a profound sense of tragic irony, Hugo's powerful historical romance remains one of the most thrilling stories of all time.

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What the Critics Say

"What a beautiful thing Notre-Dame is!" (Gustave Flaubert)

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Customer Reviews

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Davidson was miscast

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This narrator got the tone of the book all wrong, which is, most likely, the fault of the director.


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I remember this being one of my very favorite books as a teen, and was very disappointed by the narration.

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Classic Beauty and the Beast

I enjoyed this book as it is one of the classics. Victor Hugo does not dissappoint. I suggest you get the cliff notes if you are unfamiliar with the story, so you keep track of the characters. If you like lots of dialogue and character interaction then this is not your book as it is more the narrator role.
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- Neil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-21-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.