Les Miserables

(4.6 stars; 49 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.


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.

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)