The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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)
Great stuff but be prepared
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.
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.
If wasn't as well written as les miserable. But ok to listen to ones.
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.
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.
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.
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.