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Les Miserables

by Victor Hugo
Editor Monica Kulling

Random House Children's Books | March 14, 1995 | Trade Paperback

Les Miserables is rated 4.1538 out of 5 by 13.
The classic novel--and hit Broadway show--about escaped convict Jean Valjean has been adapted with easy-to-read text, large type, and short chapters.  This engaging adaptation of the timeless tale is ideal for reluctant readers and kids not yet ready to tackle the original.  

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 112 pages, 7.61 × 7.39 × 0.29 in

Published: March 14, 1995

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067986668X

ISBN - 13: 9780679866688

Found in: Literary
Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from not in pertect condition I bought this new and the pages had been repaired. I am returning the book to the store. I also found out the this is not the best version of the book either.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh and Fulfilling Audio Drama Being thrilled with the Focus on the Family radio theatre adaptation of the Chronicles of Narnia, I jumped at the chance to listen to their version of Victor Hugo’s classic tale. Having seen the musical several times and watched the newest movie, I thought I knew the story well. I was in for a surprise. This radio drama brings in many aspects of the book that are left out of the Broadway and Hollywood versions that better develop the themes of redemption and mercy. I was blown away! While I realize that this is a family-friendly version of the story, I was disappointed that this adaptation denies that Fantine had to descend to the depths to keep her daughter and herself alive. Fantine and Valjean on several occasions skirt around the issue, lead the listener to believe that she is innocent of any such claim, and never deal with how she survived after being fired from the factory. I would not want graphic details included, but I believe it could have been addressed in a ‘safe for family listening’ way to further develop the themes. The cast is strong, the background sound effects are not overdone and the score is fitting (although difficult to get used to when you have the original score memorized). There are 3 CDs and the story is 169 minutes long – it could have been longer! It was my middle school children who kept begging to put the story back on while on a recent road trip – they loved it! This is a wonderful adaptation of Les Miserables and is a must have audio book for your next road trip! I give this audiobook 5 stars out of 5. I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five star novel, but new translation not so much This is a five star book. Julie Rose's new translation, however, is not. I wanted to love this. I really, really did. There are passages here that really soar and are pitch perfect. The problems arise with Miss Rose's attempts to be too modern with the text. Referring to the Thénardiers' Inn as a "Greasy Spoon" throughout the book and Monsieur Gillenormand calling his nephew a moron are just two glaring examples. Modern language like this has no place in a 19th century novel. That said, I feel that I cannot give this book any less than five stars. It wouldn't be fair to Hugo's masterpiece. This edition has some of the best translated passages yet seen for this great work, just be prepared for the jarring modernisms.
Date published: 2012-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of My Favourites I've read the abridged version and it's probably one of my favourite books. It's a hard one to get into but very much worth it. I really want to read the massive unabridged version. If you love books with great plotlines that keep you guessing how it will end this is for you.
Date published: 2011-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok this book was alright we had to read it for our 4u history class, it was confusing at some points, but overall it was okay
Date published: 2009-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book is awesome! We all know "Les Miserables" - the musical. But how about the book? I recently finished it - and I am in awe! It's a whale of a book, of course, with about 1400 - just the right thing to snuggle up with in front of the fire for a long winter. It's a great love story, and a tableau of the times after the French Revolution - playing out a little later, roughly, than "war and Peace" which I consider its companion book. Both are assuming the the reader is an intelligent being - and I like that. Enjoy this - and let me know! Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Date published: 2008-12-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not this edition I've ordered this book 3 times for a customer - each time it comes it is falling apart. The idea of a mass market, unabridged edition is great, but unfortunately the reality is that it's just too many pages. I would recommend investing in a hardcover if you really want an unabridged edition.
Date published: 2008-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book is beautifully written. Enough said. I have read it twice and would gladly read it a third time!
Date published: 2008-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly a classic! This book is excellent, and ties every thing at the right moment. Even though it is very long it is a must read for any reader. A must read!
Date published: 2005-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever Written in the History of Mankind Les Miserables truly depicts the french revolution, in all its speldour, glory, and despair
Date published: 2003-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable! This is easily the most memorable book I have read. The author's poetic descriptions of love and suffering have left an impression in my heart which I consider myself lucky to have experienced.
Date published: 2002-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! Not that this book really needs a review if is definitely the best book I have ever read, and I am not one to throw superlatives away. The characters are multi-faceted, and it is very realistic. Everything about this book is perfect. You absolutely must read it!
Date published: 2000-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Les Miserables A moving story of love, life and death —one of Hugo's greatest accomplishments, and a breathtaking story. Although the size of the book may seem daunting, readers are left rewarded with the stories of the selfless Valjean, the suffering prostitute Fantine and her daughter, the naive and innocent Cosette. I would recommend this novel to absolutely anyone, for I believe it is one of the greatest works of literature ever written, and therefore grant my well-worn copy a permanent place on the end table beside my bed.
Date published: 2000-01-26

– More About This Product –

Les Miserables

by Victor Hugo
Editor Monica Kulling

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 112 pages, 7.61 × 7.39 × 0.29 in

Published: March 14, 1995

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067986668X

ISBN - 13: 9780679866688

Read from the Book

I. Monsieur Myriel In 1815, Monsieur Charles-François-Bienvenu Myriel was bishop of Digne.1 He was an elderly man of about seventy-five and he had occupied the seat of Digne since 1806. There is something we might mention that has no bearing whatsoever on the tale we have to tell—not even on the background. Yet it may well serve some purpose, if only in the interests of precision, to jot down here the rumors and gossip that had circulated about him the moment he first popped up in the diocese. True or false, what is said about people often has as much bearing on their lives and especially on their destinies as what they do. Monsieur Myriel was the son of a councillor of the Aix parliament, a member of the noblesse de robe.2 They reckoned his father had put him down to inherit his position and so had married him off very early in the piece when he was only eighteen or twenty, as they used to do quite a lot in parliamentary families. Charles Myriel, married or no, had, they said, set tongues wagging. He was a good-looking young man, if on the short side, elegant, charming, and witty; he had given the best years of his life thus far to worldly pursuits and love affairs. Then the Revolution came along, events spiraled, parliamentary families were wiped out, chased away, hunted, scattered. Monsieur Charles Myriel emigrated to Italy soon after the Revolution broke out. His wife died there of the chest infection she’d had for ages. They had no children. What happene
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From the Publisher

The classic novel--and hit Broadway show--about escaped convict Jean Valjean has been adapted with easy-to-read text, large type, and short chapters.  This engaging adaptation of the timeless tale is ideal for reluctant readers and kids not yet ready to tackle the original.  

From the Jacket

“Rich and gorgeous. This is the [translation] to read… and if you are flying, just carry it under your arm as you board, or better still, rebook your holiday and go by train, slowly, page by page.”
—Jeanette Winterson, The Times (London)

“[A] magnificent story… marvelously captured in this new unabridged translation by Julie Rose.”
—The Denver Post

“A new translation by Julie Rose of Hugo’s behemoth classic that is as racy and current and utterly arresting as it should be.”
—Buffalo News (editor’s choice)

“Vibrant and readable, idiomatic and well suited to a long narrative, [Julie Rose’s new translation of Les Miserables] is closer to the captivating tone Hugo would have struck for his own contemporaries.”
—Diane Johnson

“A lively, dramatic, and wonderfully readable translation of one of the greatest 19th-century novels.”
—Alison Lurie

“Some of us may have read Les Miserables back in the day, but… between Gopnik and Rose, you’ll get two introductions that will offer you all the pleasures of your college instruction with none of the pain.”
—The Agony Column (trashotron.com)


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Victor Hugo was born in France in 1802. He published his first book of poetry when he was only twenty and later wrote several successful plays and novels, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. During the 1840s, Hugo became involved in French politics. When Emperor Napoleon 111 overthrew the government in 1851, Hugo fled France. Although he did not return for almost twenty years, his passion for writing never wavered. Victor Hugo, one of the best Romantic writers of his time, died in France in 1885.

From Our Editors

The classic novel--and hit Broadway show--about escaped convict Jean Valjean and young orphan Cosette is now a Bullseye Step into Classics title. Featuring easy-to-read text, big type, and short chapters, this engaging adaptation of a timeless tale is ideal for reluctant readers and kids not yet ready to tackle the original.

Editorial Reviews

“Rich and gorgeous. This is the [translation] to read… and if you are flying, just carry it under your arm as you board, or better still, rebook your holiday and go by train, slowly, page by page.”
—Jeanette Winterson, The Times (London)

“[A] magnificent story… marvelously captured in this new unabridged translation by Julie Rose.”
—The Denver Post

“A new translation by Julie Rose of Hugo’s behemoth classic that is as racy and current and utterly arresting as it should be.”
—Buffalo News (editor’s choice)

“Vibrant and readable, idiomatic and well suited to a long narrative, [Julie Rose’s new translation of Les Miserables] is closer to the captivating tone Hugo would have struck for his own contemporaries.”
—Diane Johnson

“A lively, dramatic, and wonderfully readable translation of one of the greatest 19th-century novels.”
—Alison Lurie

“Some of us may have read Les Miserables back in the day, but… between Gopnik and Rose, you’ll get two introductions that will offer you all the pleasures of your college instruction with none of the pain.”
—The Agony Column (trashotron.com)

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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