Les Miserables

(4.5 stars; 62 reviews)

recorded 1937 with Orson Welles Les Miserables (translated variously from French as The Miserable Ones, The Wretched, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, The Victims) (1862) is a novel by French author Victor Hugo, and among the best-known novels of the 19th century. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty year period in the early 19th century that includes the Napoleonic wars and subsequent decades. Principally focusing on the struggles of the protagonistâex-convict Jean Valjeanâwho seeks to redeem himself, the novel also examines the impact of Valjean's actions for the sake of social commentary. It examines the nature of good, evil, and the law, in a sweeping story that expounds upon the history of France, architecture of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, law, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.


Such an interesting listen

(5 stars)

Obviously, an amazing story. What makes this recording fascinating is the snap shot of more "modern" history it provides of a time when radio was cutting edge technology and popular entertainment was served to the masses like this. It is a real treat to hear Orson Welles perform as well.

A great story of redemption and the power of Love.

(5 stars)

A very excellent Orson Welles production. This is not the reading of the entire novel but very good quality drama production.

(3.5 stars)

the book was very good but short. it was also very loud. so don't turn it up too high.


(5 stars)

good adaptation. listen to it all at once

lovely...a complete audio reading material

(5 stars)

it's true.

(5 stars)

Good capsulation of the epic tale.

The best recording I have found.

(5 stars)