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  1. 22.2 hrs • Mar/10/2017 • Unabridged

    -Written in 1831 before Hugo was forced to flee from Louis Napoleon's France. In this novel-perhaps his most popular-Hugo paints a vivid portrait of medieval Paris. Quasimodo, the one-eyed, hunchbacked refugee; Esmeralda, the dancing gypsy girl, threatened by the gallows; and a world where chaos is in charge-Hugo captures them all in this timeless, almost Gothic, piece of literature.

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    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

    Read by George Guidall
    22.2 hrs • Mar/10/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 21.8 hrs • Dec/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Outcast by society because of his hideous appearance, Quasimodo lives under the protection of Claude Frollo and the cathedral of Notre-Dame. His world revolves around the bells, but once the beautiful gypsy girl, La Esmeralda, enters their lives, things can never return to the way they were before.An epic tale of beauty and sadness, The Hunchback of Notre Dame portrays the sufferings of humanity with compassion and power.The book is translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood, a major U.S. translator of French and Russian literature.

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Read by Mark Nelson
    21.8 hrs • Dec/14/2016 • Unabridged
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  3. 2.8 hrs • Jun/08/2015 • Abridged

    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.

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    Les Misérables

    2.8 hrs • Jun/08/2015 • Abridged
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  4. 67.9 hrs • May/01/2015 • Unabridged

    Les Misérables is set in Paris after the French Revolution. In the sewers and backstreets we encounter “the wolf-like tread of crime,” where assassination for a few coins is all in a day’s work. We weep with the unlucky and heartbroken Fantine, and we exult with the heroic revolutionaries of the barricades. But above all we thrill to the steadfast courage and nobility of soul of ex-convict Jean Valjean, always in danger from the relentless pursuit of the diabolical Inspector Javert.

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    Les Miserables

    Read by Bill Homewood
    67.9 hrs • May/01/2015 • Unabridged
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  5. 2.6 hrs • Aug/21/2014 • Abridged

    In the grotesque bell-ringer Quasimodo, Victor Hugo created one of the most vivid characters in classic fiction. Quasimodo’s doomed love for the beautiful gypsy girl Esmerelda is an example of the traditional beauty and the beast love theme. Yet, set against the massive background of Notre Dame de Paris and interwoven with the sacred and secular life of medieval France, the story takes on a larger perspective.In this brilliant reading by Bill Homewood, Hugo’s characters come to life like never before: the poet Gringoire, the tormented priest Claude Frollo, the upright, fun-loving captain Phoebus, and above all, Quasimodo and Esmerelda themselves. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a tale peppered with humor but fueled by the anguish which unfolds beneath the bells of the great Paris cathedral.

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    Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Read by Bill Homewood
    2.6 hrs • Aug/21/2014 • Abridged
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  6. 5.1 hrs • Aug/21/2014 • Abridged

    Les Misérables is set in Paris after the French Revolution. In the sewers and backstreets we encounter “the wolf-like tread of crime,” and assassination for a few sous is all in a day’s work. We weep with the unlucky and heart-broken Fantine, and we exult with the heroic revolutionaries of the barricades; but above all we thrill to the steadfast courage and nobility of soul of ex-convict Jean Valjean, always in danger from the relentless pursuit of the diabolical Inspector Javert.

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    Les Misérables

    Read by Bill Homewood
    5.1 hrs • Aug/21/2014 • Abridged
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  7. 22.5 hrs • Aug/14/2014 • Unabridged

    In the grotesque bell-ringer Quasimodo, Victor Hugo created one of the most vivid characters in classic fiction. Quasimodo’s doomed love for the beautiful gypsy girl Esmerelda is an example of the traditional beauty and the beast love theme. Yet, set against the massive background of Notre Dame de Paris and interwoven with the sacred and secular life of medieval France, the story takes on a larger perspective.In this brilliant reading by Bill Homewood, Hugo’s characters come to life like never before: the poet Gringoire, the tormented priest Claude Frollo, the upright, fun-loving captain Phoebus, and above all, Quasimodo and Esmerelda themselves. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a tale peppered with humor but fueled by the anguish which unfolds beneath the bells of the great Paris cathedral.

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    Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Read by Bill Homewood
    22.5 hrs • Aug/14/2014 • Unabridged
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  8. 2.4 hrs • Feb/24/2014 • Abridged

    Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them onto the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait which resulted is larger than life and epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.

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    Les Misérables

    Read by Michael Jayston
    2.4 hrs • Feb/24/2014 • Abridged
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  9. 2.8 hrs • Feb/12/2014 • Abridged

    Victor Hugo's first great novel sets the classic character of Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer with his hopeless devotion to the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda, in the magnificent gothic setting of the great cathedral of Notre Dame. The tragedy that follows is once again beautifully told by Christopher Lee.

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    Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Read by Christopher Lee
    2.8 hrs • Feb/12/2014 • Abridged
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  10. 60.5 hrs • Jan/01/2013 • Unabridged

    One of the great classics of world literature, the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time as well as several film adapations, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him. Hugo describes early nineteenth-century France with a sweeping power that gives his novel epic stature.

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    Les Misérables

    Read by George Guidall
    60.5 hrs • Jan/01/2013 • Unabridged
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  11. 57.9 hrs • Oct/27/2009 • Unabridged

    Set in the Parisian underworld of the early nineteenth century, Les Misérables follows the adventures of Jean Valjean, once an honest peasant, who spent nineteen years in prison 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.

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    Les Misérables

    57.9 hrs • Oct/27/2009 • Unabridged
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  12. 12.1 hrs • Oct/27/2009 • Abridged

    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.

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    Les Misérables

    12.1 hrs • Oct/27/2009 • Abridged
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  13. 13.6 hrs • Oct/01/2009 • Unabridged

    It is 1793 in France—the year of the guillotine. Already, Louis XVI has been sentenced to the scaffold, and terror reigns. Ideals topple in the face of political necessity, alliances founder, and intrigue is a way of life. The architects of the Revolution—Marat, Danton, and Robespierre—have set up an embryo parliament called the Convention, designed to stem social chaos. As Republican troops engage in bloody battle with counter-revolutionaries, a peasant woman strives simply to protect her three children. The characters of Ninety-Three define the French Revolution, and history hangs on their actions. As they battle for their own future, the future of a large part of the world can be seen to sway in the balance. Hugo’s epic masterpiece captures brilliantly the moment that shaped the destiny not only of France but of all European monarchy.

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    Ninety-Three

    13.6 hrs • Oct/01/2009 • Unabridged
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  14. 18.9 hrs • Jan/19/2009 • Unabridged

    Victor Hugo’s grand medieval melodrama tells the story of the beautiful Esmeralda, a Gypsy girl loved by three men: Archdeacon Frollo, his adoptive son Quasimodo, bell-ringer of Notre-Dame cathedral, and Captain Phoebus. Falsely accused of trying to murder Phoebus, who attempts to rape her, Esmeralda is sentenced to death and rescued from the gallows by Quasimodo who defends her to the last.The subject of many adaptations for stage and screen, this remains perhaps one of the most romantic yet gripping stories ever told.The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is an epic of a whole people, with a cast of characters that ranges from the king of France to the beggars who inhabit the Parisian sewers, and at their center the massive figure—a character in itself—of the great Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of the cathedral; his foster father, the tormented archdeacon Frollo; and the beautiful and doomed Gypsy Esmeralda are caught up in a tragedy that still speaks clearly to us of revolution and social strife, of destiny and free will, and of love and loss. 

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    18.9 hrs • Jan/19/2009 • Unabridged
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  15. 12.4 hrs • Nov/17/2008 • Unabridged

    Les Misérables is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. First published in France in 1862, it is Victor Hugo’s greatest achievement—the ultimate tale of redemption. Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.

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    Les Misérables

    12.4 hrs • Nov/17/2008 • Unabridged
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  16. 5.7 hrs • Sep/17/2008 • Abridged

    It is hardly surprising that Victor Hugo’s 1862 masterwork should have inspired one of the most phenomenally successful musicals in the history of the Broadway stage. Les Misérables has long been recognized as one of the finest novels of all time, a brilliant fusion of unforgettable characters and universal themes.Its hero is Jean Valjean, the noble peasant imprisoned. A sweeping story of love and honor in the depths of the Parisian underworld, immerses us in an epic struggle between good and evil, and carries us onto the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a realism that is unsurpassed in modern literature. We experience the desperation of the prostitute, Fantine; the amorality of the rogue, Thenardier; and the unquenchable desire of all human beings to be genuinely free.Hugo saw Les Misérables as a means of dramatizing his bitter criticism of French society, but the novel that resulted transcends its own time and place. It's an ever-fascinating story, a sweeping spectacle that dazzles the senses as it touches the heart, and this audio edition captures its lasting greatness.

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    Les Miserables

    5.7 hrs • Sep/17/2008 • Abridged
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