Les Misérables Vol. 2


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.5 stars; 175 reviews)

This is book 2 of 5.

An ex-convict breaks parole and starts a new life as a righteous man, but is pursued by a police inspector. Along the way, the ex-convict joins a revolution, adopts a daughter, and beats people up. Hooray. (Summary by smileyman457)

(12 hr 54 min)

Chapters

Bk 01Ch 01: What Is Met with on the Way to Nivelles 4:26 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Bk 01 Ch 02: Hougomont 18:33 Read by Catricana
Bk 01 Ch 03: The 18th of June, 1815 7:44 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 01 Ch 04: A 6:10 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 01 Ch 05: The Quid Obscurum of Battles 7:55 Read by Laughing Lawyer
Bk 01 Ch 06: Four o'Clock in the Afternoon 6:25 Read by Gerrit Theule
Bk 01 Ch 07: Napoleon in a Good Humour 16:00 Read by Marin Todorov
Bk 01 Ch 08: The Emperor Puts a Question to the Guide Lacoste 8:17 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 01 Ch 09: The Unexpected 11:18 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
Bk 01 Ch 10: The Plateau of Mont-Saint-Jean 12:20 Read by Kai Lu
Bk 01 Ch 11: A Bad Guide to Napoleon: A Good Guide to Bulow 4:49 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 01 Ch 12: The Guard 5:22 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 01 Ch 13: The Catastrophe 6:54 Read by Kai Lu
Bk 01 Ch 14: The Last Square 4:32 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 01 Ch 15: Cambronne 8:20 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 01 Ch 16: Quot Libras in Duce 14:53 Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Bk 01 Ch 17: Is Waterloo to Be Considered Good 6:12 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 01 Ch 18: A Recrudescence of Divine Right 6:04 Read by Lucy Perry
Bk 01 Ch 19: The Battle-Field at Night 15:40 Read by Kai Lu
Bk 02Ch 01: Number 24,601 Becomes Number 9,430 8:54 Read by Peter Eastman
Bk 02 Ch 02: In Which the Reader Will Peruse Two Verses... 10:44 Read by von
Bk 02 Ch 03: The Ankle-Chain... 17:41 Read by von
Bk 03Ch 01: The Water Question at Montfermeil 8:42 Read by Labyrinth Composer
Bk 03 Ch 02: Two Complete Portraits 14:15 Read by Daniel Shorten
Bk 03 Ch 03: Men Must Have Wine... 5:44 Read by Labyrinth Composer
Bk 03 Ch 04: Entrance on the Scene of a Doll 4:56 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 03 Ch 05: The Little One All Alone 15:21 Read by Al Dano
Bk 03 Ch 06: Which Probably Proves Boulatruelle's Intelligence 10:54 Read by Jackie Provau
Bk 03 Ch 07: Cosette Side By Side with the Stranger in the Dark 7:12 Read by Peter Eastman
Bk 03 Ch 08: The Unpleasantness of Receiving Into One's House.... 46:24 Read by Catharine Eastman
Bk 03 Ch 09: Thenardier and His Manoeuvres 21:18 Read by Peter Eastman
Bk 03 Ch 10: He Who Seeks to Better Himself... 13:36 Read by Peter Eastman
Bk 03 Ch 11: Number 9,340 Reappears... 4:53 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 04Ch 01: Master Gorbeau 20:19 Read by Ezwa
Bk 04 Ch 02: A Nest for Owl and a Warbler 4:50 Read by Peter Eastman
Bk 04 Ch 03: Two Misfortunes Make One Piece of Good Fortune 12:31 Read by Peter Eastman
Bk 04 Ch 04: The Remarks of the Principal Tenant 5:31 Read by Jonathan Ross
Bk 04 Ch 05: A Five-Franc Piece Falls on the Ground... 8:36 Read by Jonathan Ross
Bk 05Ch 01: The Zigzags of Strategy 10:13 Read by Al Dano
Bk 05 Ch 02: It Is Lucky that the Pont D'Austerlitz Bears Carriages 5:01 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 05 Ch 03: To Wit, the Plan of Paris 1727 8:55 Read by James Crook
Bk 05 Ch 04: The Gropings of Flight 7:26 Read by Al Dano
Bk 05 Ch 05: Which Would Be Impossible with Gas Lanterns 9:32 Read by James Crook
Bk 05 Ch 06: The Beginning of an Enigma 6:10 Read by Jonathan Ross
Bk 05 Ch 07: Continuation of the Enigma 6:19 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 05 Ch 08: The Enigma Becomes Doubly Mysterious 5:45 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 05 Ch 09: The Man with the Bell 9:19 Read by Jonathan Ross
Bk 05 Ch 10: Which Explains How Javert Got on the Scent 20:20 Read by Kai Lu
Bk 06Ch 01: Number 62 Rue Petit-Picpus 9:31 Read by Kai Lu
Bk 06 Ch 02: The Obedience of Martin Verga 19:03 Read by amycs
Bk 06 Ch 03: Austerities 4:56 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 06 Ch 04: Gayeties 10:22 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 06 Ch 05: Distractions 16:51 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 06 Ch 06: The Little Convent 7:46 Read by Andy
Bk 06 Ch 07: Some Silhouettes of this Darkness 7:35 Read by Andy
Bk 06 Ch 08: Post Corda Lapides 5:19 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 06 Ch 09: A Century Under a Guimpe 5:02 Read by minimoose83
Bk 06 Ch 10: Origin of the Perpetual Adoration 5:20 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 06 Ch 11: End of the Petit-Picpus 5:55 Read by Peter Eastman
Bk 07Ch 01: The Convent as an Abstract Idea 2:11 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 07 Ch 02: The Convent As an Historical Fact 8:01 Read by Ian Lynch
Bk 07 Ch 03: On What Conditions One Can Respect the Past 7:38 Read by Peter Eastman
Bk 07 Ch 04: The Convent from the Point of View of Principles 5:00 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 07 Ch 05: Prayer 4:47 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 07 Ch 06: The Absolute Goodness of Prayer 5:52 Read by Kai Lu
Bk 07 Ch 07: Precautions to Be Observed in Blame 2:57 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 07 Ch 08: Faith, Law 6:03 Read by Labyrinth Composer
Bk 08Ch 01: Which Treats of the Manner of Entering a Convent 18:02 Read by Kalynda
Bk 08 Ch 02: Fauchelevent in the Presence of a Difficulty 5:47 Read by Linda McDaniel
Bk 08 Ch 03: Mother Innocente 21:14 Read by minimoose83
Bk 08 Ch 04: In Which Jean Valjean Has Quite the Air... 13:38 Read by Gabrielle Lambrick
Bk 08 Ch 05: It Is Not Necessary to Be Drunk... 15:50 Read by Gabrielle Lambrick
Bk 08 Ch 06: Between Four Planks 5:29 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 08 Ch 07: In Which Will Be Found the Origin of the Saying... 20:13 Read by Ruth Golding
Bk 08 Ch 08: A Successful Interrogatory 7:57 Read by Linda McDaniel
Bk 08 Ch 09: Cloistered 23:10 Read by Ruth Golding

Reviews

Great writer too much history

(3 stars)

First 18 chapters are about Waterloo. You will not miss any of the main plot by skipping them. he also goes on quite a bit about a convent. But I don't know which chapters to skip. I would give it 5 stars if not for these two points. Thanks to all the volunteers for reading.

skip the first 18 chapters

(3 stars)

I agree with the other reviews, the first18 chapters are about Waterloo the field, the road, the battle. if u like history read in a monotone then listen to them. otherwise u mis absolutely nothing by skipping the dreary chapters that do not include the characters at hand. its like the author wanted to write a book on Waterloo & just through it in to this book. however, chapter 19 at the end deals w the inn keeper on that battle field, so listen to that. Volume 2 is a hard 1 to read. it goes fast & interesting when it deals w/ our characters & drags on agonizingly slow off subject all the time.

Great work

(4.5 stars)

Giant thank you to the Librivox volunteers for making this title accessable. Three large sections of this volume were devoted to rather laborious exposition that helped to set themes and atmosphere, but which would have felt tedious to read through, I think. If I'm honest with myself, Librivox is the only way I would have tackled them and experienced.the whole of this beautiful book. Thank you once again. There was, I think, just one chapter where I had a major difficulty understanding the reader. I had to read it on Project Gutenberg. Otherwise it's an excellent recording.

don't skip the battle chapters

(5 stars)

Victor Hugo is an excellent author. although the first section is very much an historical account of the battle of Waterloo, Hugo didn't include this simply because he likes the story. He is too good for that. it was inserted intentionally to propel his message. look past the simple historicity and study the themes of the first section and you will see his mastery.

Amazing story

(5 stars)

Book has quickly moved to the top of my list. Readers do an admirable job. Some are amazing. None are terrible. Especially given the difficulty of the read with French and Latin sprinkled throughout.

Excellent book. a few readers need practice.

(4 stars)

Other than the odd reader rushing through the text, it was an excellent book.

long, slow, incredibly beautiful.

(4.5 stars)

well-read version of a classic tale. I love the themes of grace and justice.

(4 stars)

some of the speakers was a bit hard to understand, but mostly alright.