Les Miserables

Version: Abridged
Author: Victor Hugo
Narrator: David Case
Genres: Classics
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: November 2008
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
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Victor Hugo began writing Les Misérables twenty years before its eventual publication in 1862. Les Misérables is primarily a great humanitarian work that encourages compassion and hope in the face of adversity and injustice. It is also a historical novel of great scope, and provides a detailed vision of nineteenth-century French politics and society. Hugo hoped Les Misérables would encourage a more progressive and democratic future. Hugo wrote Les Misérables with a literary and political revolution in mind.

Les Misérables emphasizes the three major predicaments of the nineteenth century. Each of the three major characters in the novel symbolizes one of these predicaments: Jean Valjean represents the degradation of man in the proletariat, Fantine represents the subjection of women through hunger, and Cosette represents the atrophy of the child by darkness.

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Reviews (2)

Written by Gokhan C. on January 8th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I couldn't survive the narrator. I just couldn't. Sorry


Written by Henry M on January 23rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fantastic, gripping and beautiful. Just wonderful. A must read.

Author Details

Author Details

Hugo, Victor

VICTOR-MARIE HUGO (1802-1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France.