Written By: Victor Hugo

Narrated By: Frederick Davidson

Date: October 2009

Duration: 12 hours 4 minutes


Set in the Parisian underworld of the early nineteenth century, Les Misérables follows the adventures of Jean Valjean, once an honest peasant, who was imprisoned for nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving family. A hardened and bitter criminal upon his release, Valjean is transformed when an act of compassion by a priest he robbed saves him from returning to prison. Changing his identity and his ways, Valjean becomes a successful industrialist and eventually the town mayor. Taking compassion on the poor, he raises the orphaned daughter of a prostitute as his own, never telling her of his shady past. Yet he is haunted by it, still pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert, who does not believe in moral redemption. When Valjean's daughter, Cosette, falls in love with a young revolutionary, Javert concocts a plot to catch both the lawless peasants and the elusive Valjean once and for all. Full of suspense, romance, and powerful social commentary, this sweeping epic became the gospel of the oppressed and is widely considered one of the greatest French novels of its age.


  • Anonymous

    I love this book, however, I prefer the unabridged version. I wouldn’t listen to any other narrator. Frederick Davidson is perfect.

  • 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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