Les Miserables

Les Miserables


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Les Miserables by Focus on the Family, Philip Glassborow

The story that has thrilled millions comes to life in a brand new way in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's Les Miserables. This audio drama beautifully portrays the redeeming power of forgiveness through the story of Jean Valjean, an embittered convict whose life is changed by a single act of kindness. Recorded in London with some of England's finest actors, it will mesmerize adults and families alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589973947
Publisher: Focus Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2007
Series: Radio Theatre Series
Pages: 3
Sales rank: 886,536
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Les Miserables 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
S-Scales More than 1 year ago
Les Misérables (Radio Theatre) Les Misérables by Victor Hugo brought to life by Focus Audio drama: After finishing this audio drama of Les Misérables, I am trying not to cry! I’m at my daughters’ dance class, so excuse me as I head to the bathroom to pull myself together...  Wow!  Les Misérables is a powerful story of one extraordinary kindness that changes an man, the angry exconvict Jean Valjean. He then lives his live with all it’s shocking twists and turns in forgiveness, extending grace to others. It is an amazing story to which I am drawn. So, having the chance to to review Focus’s audio drama of Les Misérable is a wonderful opportunity. My family already has some experience with Focus’ audio productions through Adventures in Odyssey (we are HUGE fan of AIO!!) and their audio production of Narnia (that was amazing!!).  And I was not disappointed in this production. It’s not an unabridged reading of the book, which isn’t a surprise. All dramatic productions of Les Misérables, whether radio, theatre, or screen, have had to condense for time. However, the heart of this beautiful story is full and clear. The actors were excellent and very convincing as their characters. The music was beautiful and perfectly added, not to distract but to add to the emotions of the story. Through the sound effects I was pulled even more into the action. The only thing I would change is that I wasn’t able to listen to it all in one sitting. I definitely would recommend that as much as possible. And that is what I plan to do -- re-listen to it without breaking it up. What a wonderful way to introduce this classic to your family! "To die is nothing, truly. The terrible thing is never to live." -Jean Valjean I received this audio drama free from Tyndale House Publishers. It was not required that I give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Victor Hugo's masterpiece 'Les Miserables' has captivated countless generations with its dark tale of Christian love, atonement and forgiveness in spite of the cruel injustice of the legal system of the epoch. Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's fresh perspective on the fascinating recount of one man's trials after 19 years of inhuman captivity brings to life the story of Jean Valjean, Javert and Fantine! There have been many movies made of this heartbreaking story of hardships and redemption set in tumultuous France 19th century but Radio Theatre gives yet again a remarkable approach to humanity's frailness in the face of adversity. As some of you remember I had the opportunity to review another well known title from Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, Oliver Twist (see review HERE) and both offers a remarkable cast. British finest talents such as actors Brian Blessed, Leo McKern and Geoffrey Palmer's are lending their voices to 'Les Miserables' in an unforgettable reenactment of the well known tale. The culmination of the story of Jean Valjean hiding from his tumultuous past and Javert's oppressive hunt is the triumph of good over evil despite the many obstacles in his intended path. It is important to add Radio Theatre's at times graphic details of life in Jean Valjean's era is absolutely stunning. There is little need of visual special Fx to imagine the poverty and degradation in that timeline period! That said, Focus on the Family took pains in producing a story fitting for an audience of age 12 and over. Whilst some might argue specific elements have been removed for family concerns, the endeavour is to be applauded, particularly for its haunting musical score!
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this immensly! I sat and listened to it in one sitting because I didn't want to wait and listen to it in bits. It was excellent! This audiobook was done by the "Focus on the Family Radio Theatre", who do so many wonderful audiobooks. Each character in the book is done with by an different actor so you really do feel like you are right there with them. I was very impressed with the actors of this drama and felt each one was totally realistic in their character. The sound effects are excellent, too, and add realism to the story, too. This is something I will definitely listen to again and again as it was that good. It would also be an excellent drama to add to your homeschooling library as your children will love hearing the story told this way. It pulls you in and keeps you there. I highly recommend this! *This audiobook was provided to my by Tyndale Blog Network from my honest review.
TyeshaT More than 1 year ago
I loved listening to this because you could hear the background noises may they be horse hooves to gunfire. The characters were all acted by amazing voice actors and you can practically see their personalities. I have been to the country where this takes place (France) and got to see where all of these places were. Also Victor Hugo's other book "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is very good, I read it in the 4th grade.
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
Les Misérables Victor Hugo first published in 1862, is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century.  Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. Examining the nature of law and grace, the story elaborates upon the history of France,  the architecture and urban design of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of  romantic and familial love. Les Misérables has been popularized through numerous stage adaptations, including a musical (1980-1985), and several films, including in 2012. The major plot involves Jean Valjean who is released from prison, and through the kindness of Father Myriel, becomes a new man. He gets a new name via association with Myriel and his obvious kindness and generosity to others and gradually builds a successful and prosperous life for himself with a renovation of the jet-work industry in Montreuil-surmer. One of his employees is, although unknown to him, fired by the head mistress because of an illegitimate baby. Fantine goes from one occupation to another, finally becoming a prostitute.  The situation is complicated when Valjean takes upon himself the care of Cosette, as he feels responsible for the death of her mother.  The fateful decision changes their lives forever. With Cosette, Valjean learns to love and the bitterness of the years of injustice melt away. He thinks of himself as a convict and makes no excuses; his only reason for hiding and avoiding Javert is to protect Cosette and his fatherly relationship with her.  The story that has thrilled millions comes to life in a brand new way in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's Les Miserables. This audio drama beautifully portrays the redeeming power of forgiveness through the story of Jean Valjean, an embittered convict whose life is changed by a single act of kindness. Recorded in London with some of England's finest actors, it will mesmerize adults and families alike. The Dolby B Mastered sound is incredible. Every voice, every sound, from the rain, to the horses, to the sounds of the revolution, and the music will sweep you away to another time and place.  The story is as much history and commentary as it is fiction. In fact, so much of the history of France along with the thoughts and feelings of the people at that time dominates the book that the fictional elements almost seem accidental. The craft, however, comes through as the characters eventually interact in ways that would, in real life, be unlikely between individuals of such diverse socio-economic elements.  I recommend this timeless story, keep Kleenex handy, the story tells the importance of love and compassion; social injustice in nineteenth-century France; the long-term effects of the French Revolution on French society. Follow the long road to forgiveness with Jean Valjean in this beautiful radio production performance of Victor Hugo's timeless tale. I received audio copy from Tyndale Blog Network for my review.