The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.4 stars; 110 reviews)

One of the great literary tragedies of all time, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features some of the most well-known characters in all of fiction - Quasimodo, the hideously deformed bellringer of Notre-Dame de Paris, his master the evil priest Claude Frollo, and Esmeralda, the beautiful gypsy condemned for a crime she did not commit. (Summary by Mark Nelson)

(21 hr 50 min)


01 - Preface and Book 1: I - The Grand Hall 39:34 Read by Mark Nelson
02 - Book 1: II - Pierre Gringoire 23:38 Read by Mark Nelson
03 - Book 1: III - Monsieur the Cardinal 17:47 Read by Mark Nelson
04 - Book 1: IV - Master Jacques Coppenole 23:03 Read by Mark Nelson
05 - Book 1: V - Quasimodo 17:35 Read by Mark Nelson
06 - Book 1: VI - Esmeralda 5:35 Read by Mark Nelson
07 - Book 2: I - From Charybdis to Scylla 7:00 Read by Mark Nelson
08 - Book 2: II - The Place de Grave 6:18 Read by Mark Nelson
09 - Book 2: III - Kisses for Blows 26:12 Read by Mark Nelson
10 - Book 2: IV - The Inconvenience of Following a Pretty Woman through the Str… 11:17 Read by Mark Nelson
11 - Book 2: V - Result of the Dangers 5:39 Read by Mark Nelson
12 - Book 2: VI - The Broken Jug 48:11 Read by Mark Nelson
13 - Book 2: VII - A Bridal Night 23:45 Read by Mark Nelson
14 - Book 3: I - Notre-Dame 22:51 Read by Mark Nelson
15 - Book 3: II - A Bird's-eye View of Paris 1:06:34 Read by Mark Nelson
16 - Book 4: I - Good Souls 9:12 Read by Mark Nelson
17 - Book 4: II - Claude Frollo 13:27 Read by Mark Nelson
18 - Book 4: III - Immanis Pecoris Custos, Immanior Ipse 20:40 Read by Mark Nelson
19 - Book 4: IV - The Dog and his Master 3:25 Read by Mark Nelson
20 - Book 4: V - More about Claude Frollo 17:55 Read by Mark Nelson
21 - Book 4: VI - Unpopularity 2:26 Read by Mark Nelson
22 - Book 5: I - Abbas Beati Martini 27:19 Read by Mark Nelson
23 - Book 5: II - This will Kill That 41:41 Read by Mark Nelson
24 - Book 6: I - An Impartial Glance at the Ancient Magistracy 29:02 Read by Mark Nelson
25 - Book 6: II - The Rat-Hole 10:58 Read by Mark Nelson
26 - Book 6: III - History of a Leavened Cake of Maize 54:18 Read by Mark Nelson
27 - Book 6: IV - A Tear for a Drop of Water 24:29 Read by Mark Nelson
28 - Book 6: V - End of the Story of the Cake 2:01 Read by Mark Nelson
29 - Book 7: I - The Danger of Confiding One's Secret to a Goat 37:07 Read by Mark Nelson
30 - Book 7: II - A Priest and a Philosopher are two Different Things 23:01 Read by Mark Nelson
31 - Book 7: III - The Bells 6:18 Read by Mark Nelson
32 - Book 7: IV - ~ANArKH~ 36:16 Read by Mark Nelson
33 - Book 7: V - The Two Men Clothed in Black 15:19 Read by Mark Nelson
34 - Book 7: VI - The Effect which Seven Oaths in the Open Air can Produce 10:51 Read by Mark Nelson
35 - Book 7: VII - The Mysterious Monk 20:39 Read by Mark Nelson
36 - Book 7: VIII - The Utility of Windows which Open on the River 21:27 Read by Mark Nelson
37 - Book 8: I - The Crown Changed into a Dry Leaf 24:27 Read by Mark Nelson
38 - Book 8: II - Continuation of the Crown which was Changed into a DryLeaf 13:03 Read by Mark Nelson
39 - Book 8: III - End of the Crown which was Changed into a Dry Leaf 8:43 Read by Mark Nelson
40 - Book 8: IV - ~Lasciate Ogni Speranza~—Leave all hope behind, ye who Enter … 39:21 Read by Mark Nelson
41 - Book 8: V - The Mother 13:29 Read by Mark Nelson
42 - Book 8: VI - Three Human Hearts differently Constructed 43:58 Read by Mark Nelson
43 - Book 9: I - Delirium 29:16 Read by Mark Nelson
44 - Book 9: II - Hunchbacked, One Eyed, Lame 10:11 Read by Mark Nelson
45 - Book 9: III - Deaf 7:43 Read by Mark Nelson
46 - Book 9: IV - Earthenware and Crystal 28:29 Read by Mark Nelson
47 - Book 9: V - The Key to the Red Door 5:28 Read by Mark Nelson
48 - Book 9: VI - Continuation of the Key to the Red Door 7:48 Read by Mark Nelson
49 - Book 10: I - Gringoire has Many Good Ideas in Succession.—Rue des Bernardi… 25:43 Read by Mark Nelson
50 - Book 10: II - Turn Vagabond 5:27 Read by Mark Nelson
51 - Book 10: III - Long Live Mirth 20:16 Read by Mark Nelson
52 - Book 10: IV - An Awkward Friend 48:55 Read by Mark Nelson
53 - Book 10: V-1- The Retreat in which Monsieur Louis of France says his Praye… 52:42 Read by Mark Nelson
54 - Book 10: V-2 - The Retreat in which Monsieur Louis of France says his Pray… 25:49 Read by Mark Nelson
55 - Book 10: VI - Little Sword in Pocket 2:24 Read by Mark Nelson
56 - Book 10: VII - Chateaupers to the Rescue 5:11 Read by Mark Nelson
57 - Book 11: I-1 - The Little Shoe 35:53 Read by Mark Nelson
58 - Book 11: I-2 - The Little Shoe 51:56 Read by Mark Nelson
59 - Book 11: II - The Beautiful Creature Clad in White 23:31 Read by Mark Nelson
60 - Book 11: III - The Marriage of Phoebus 2:22 Read by Mark Nelson
61 - Book 11: IV - The Marriage of Quasimodo 5:38 Read by Mark Nelson


Great stuff but be prepared

(5 stars)

Very well read indeed by a talented and well-qualified "solo" reader. Be prepared to appreciate, and endure, the many themes in this very long book (1200 English pages, 1900 French pages). This is NOT the highly-abridged plotline encapsulated in the movies. Along with detailed character development, Hugo develops subthemes (anti-cleric, anti-judiciary, anti-aristocratic, anti-xenophobic) throughout the text. If you are an aficionado of Parisian architectural history or the various means by which privileged classes held rights to various sources of income, this is a treasure trove. It centers on the Cathedral, not on Quasimodo per se. Hugo's book title was simply the name of the Cathedral, "Notre Dame de Paris", without reference to a Hunchback, which was only added to the English translation. Hugo visited the Cathedral every day while writing this, in a 6 month final rush because he'd missed the publication deadline. The book is set in the post-construction, pre-Protestant 1400s, the height of the Cathedral’s condition and of the Catholic Church in France. In Hugo’s time, the cathedral had been substantially damaged (windows, statutes, art, treasure) in the iconoclastic upheaval of the French revolutionary era and subsequent use for decades as a food warehouse. Hugo loved architecture and the Cathedral, with a result that it was restored soon after the book was published.

next level reading

(5 stars)

I've listened to several books by the reader and this effort is the best yet. It is very professional and well done. The book is interesting, the characters are well developed, and it moves along, once the massive ground work of Paris and Notre Dame is laid out- which is all interesting. I was moved by it.

Excellent Read

(5 stars)

This recording was very well done and in such a manner that it was easy to understand and made listening enjoyable as well as entertaining.

Well Read

(2.5 stars)

This was well read but boy, a depressing story! Kinda wished I hadn't read it... But if you know what you're getting yourself into, this reader does a good job.

I love this book! Some of the reading in different languages got a little boring but I guess it was the sign of the times. The river was very good.

(5 stars)

Great Narration

(5 stars)

Very nicely done! the narration is excellent. I enjoyed every minute of it. Hugo possessed deep understanding of the human heart, the abuses of those in authority, the ridiculousness of the monarchy yet painted a beautiful picture of the image of God in man in the character of Quasimodo. It's a charming love story and interweaves daily life, politics and history of 15th century France. It makes me appreciate I was born this side of history.

awesome awesome

(5 stars)

5star all the way! victor hugo is becoming my new favorite author! in the beginning he goes off course a little discussing architecture and the city layout, but in truth you need that to kind of understand things better later. the story has very little in common with the disney cartoon, the only reference i had to compare it with lol. truly a classic that is heart wrenching & could easily be a true account because it lacks the "happy ever after" ending of lassic tales. i know, its not a true story. but Hugo is so good at telling his stories and characters that they feel real. the reader did an excellent job! voices for characters, pausing, volume, its was all perfect.

Good Narration

(4 stars)

I personally did not like this story but the narration is good. I am a little upset with Victor Hugo just now. A little upset indeed.