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Les Misérables

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Written By: Victor Hugo

Narrated By: Christopher Cazenove

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: December 2007

Duration: 2 hours 49 minutes


Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Misérables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

Hugo describes early nineteenth-century France with a sweeping power that gives his novel epic stature. Among the most famous chapters are the account of the battle of Waterloo and Valjean’s flight through the Paris sewers.

“It is all alive with the fiery genius of Victor Hugo, and the whole representation is so intense and vivid that it is impossible to escape from the fascination it exerts over the mind. Few who take the book up will leave it until they have read it through.”—Atlantic


  • Anonymous

    I love the book so much but I can not get through it with this narrator

  • Sarah C

    Lost count of how many times I read this book. It is my all time favorite. Hate the narrator though. Sounds so snob...

  • Starlee Kowallis

    This has been one of my favorite books ever. I honestly would have never gotten through it without it being recorded. The reader is fantastic


    I loved this book! It's a long book but will keep your attention. If you like history, Hugo does certainly use French history in telling the story. The characters are deep and described fully. The end chapter shocked me!

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