Les Miserables

(4.5 stars; 97 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.


lovely...a complete audio reading material

(5 stars)

it's true.

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.

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.

Genuinely loved this!

(5 stars)

I personally loved how it helped me fill out many of the blanks left when i watched the musical without having to tackle the entire epic. Thank you so much for sourcing and posting this!

Classics Illustrated

(2 stars)

Remember those comic books? Orson Welles created something similar here. Highly abridged. Ignoring the background of revolutionary politics of the period. Disappointing.


(5 stars)

I absolutely loved this! I was gripped from the very start.


(5 stars)

good adaptation. listen to it all at once

(5 stars)

Muy bueno. Orson le pone pasión al relato.