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Les Misérables
Narrated by George Guidall
Written by Victor Hugo
Translated by Julie Rose

A compelling and compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society, Les Misérables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably from the eve of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830.

It has been said that Victor Hugo has a street named after him in virtually every town in France. A major reason for the singular celebrity is Les Misérables (1862). In this story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean — a man unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the malevolent police detective Javert — Hugo achieves the sort of rare imaginative resonance that allows a work of art to transcend its genre.

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Misérables is at once a tense thriller that contains one of the most compelling chase scenes in all literature, and an epic portrayal of nineteenth-century Parisian society.

Les Misérables has been divided into 20 'parts'. One new part per week will be uploaded over the next 20 weeks. Each part will be equal to about 50-70 pages in printed text and about 2-3 hours in listening time.

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