Les Miserables Audiobook (Unabridged)

Les Miserables (Unabridged), by Victor Hugo
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In this epic, set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, an honest peasant is dogged by an implacable 'justice' in the person of a fanatical police inspector who pursues him for most of his lifetime, even in flight through the sewers of Paris. Download and start listening now!

Les Miserables is widely regarded as Victor Hugo's finest work and a masterpiece of European literature. Published in 1862, the epic novel (and now audiobook) is set in the underworld of early 19th-century Paris and tells the story of Jean Valjean, a peasant imprisoned for the minor crime of stealing a single loaf of bread. An honest man driven to crime only by the desire to see his sister's starving family fed, Jean is molded into a hardened criminal by the resulting 19 years (lengthened from an original 5-year sentence for numerous escape attempts) that he spends in prison. After his release from prison he meets the kindly Bishop Myriel who inspires him to reform and become an honest man again. Living under the alias Monsieur Madeleine, Valjean manages to become a prominent and successful factory owner and eventually even the mayor of his town. In spite of his success and new life, he still finds himself haunted by a minor crime he committed shortly after his release from prison. He manages to arouse the suspicion of the town's police inspector, Javert, who feels certain that he knows Madeleine's true identity and doggedly pursues him in a relentless quest to prove his suspicions correct.

Set against the stark backdrop of 19th-century revolution-torn Paris, Les Miserables is a sweeping work that deftly deals with themes of moral failings and redemption, justice, politics and human rights. Acclaimed worldwide as one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century, it has inspired an award-winning Broadway musical as well as several film adaptations.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Cynthia | 12/12/2012

    “ This unedited audio version is wonderful. I had previously listened to the abridged version and it had too much cut out in my opinion. The full version is long but so well worth it. ”

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About the Author

Author Victor HugoWith the success of Les Miserables, Les Miserables: Translated by Julie Rose and Les Miserables, Victor Hugo has become a beloved Classics, Espanol and Drama & Poetry author among many of our listeners. Born on February 26, 182 in Besançon, France Hugo has released a total of 33 audiobooks, with the most recent being The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Dramatised). Not only can you find over 381 hours of audio listening from Victor Hugo, but you will also find his bestselling title, Les Miserables, read by popular narrator Frederick Davidson. The oldest title in our catalog from Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was added to our site in 1999. To find all Classics books from Victor Hugo that you will certainly enjoy, please visit his author page and view his entire collection: Victor Hugo.