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Les Misérables (English language) [Kindle Edition]

Victor Hugo
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,406 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • File Size: 2122 KB
  • Print Length: 959 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420942905
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (December 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNIRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE CHANGING....don't be afraid of it. April 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I know it's scary. It's probably one of the longest and hardest to read books you've ever picked up (or at least it was for me). Hugo goes into painstaking detail with his history, his scenery, and his character development. Reading on can be frustrating sometimes because you just can't see where the author is going. Minute descriptions of people, places, and political views abound. But you come to trust in Hugo...because you realize that no lengthy discussion is wasted with him. It has a purpose and a place and provides a richness to his story that I have never seen in any other work.

The scope and depth of the story is UNBELIEVABLE. The characters are so completely flesh and bone that you know them. You know who they are and exactly how they will react in a situation before it ever happens. The scenes are so masterfully laid out that you can envision every detail in your mind. And oh, believe me when I say the storytelling is breathtaking. Les Miserables is about poverty and the human condition, set against the backdrop of decades of French history. But it is so much more. It's a story of the redemption of man, despite everything the world can throw at him. It is a story of fear and sadness, but most of all, hope. The hope that we can do better. The hope that religion will not lead us down a path of self-righteousness, but to true righteousness, which to quote the book of Isaiah is "to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke". There is so much to be learned about forgiveness, love, happiness, and life from this story.

Les Miserables is not just a book. It might be the best book ever written. It is a LIFE CHANGER. Don't be afraid of it. Experience it for yourself.
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151 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kindle version is unabridged January 14, 2012
By Frank
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
To clarify a misconception -- in the "product details," the ISBN listed (1449565530) is in error, as is the corresponding number (218) of print pages. That ISBN corresponds to "Volume II, Cosette." A publisher broke the rather long book into volumes so that they could sell five books instead of just the one megabook, and volume II is 218 pages. The kindle book is the complete, unabridged edition with all five volumes. Like all scanned books, it has scattered scanning errors that you can, in general, read through without compromising the experience.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Kindle use: a great experience February 1, 2011
By LKC
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I started Les Mis with the translation by Fahnestock & MacAfee in paperback. After reading more than 3/4 of the book, I purchased a Kindle. While I awaited its arrival, I downloaded Kindle to my PC & searched for a Kindle copy of Les Mis (& didn't want to pay a second time for the book). I could not find the same translation, but this is very similar. I easily transferred over 450 highlights from my paper copy to the ebook (on my computer). It took time, but it was pretty straightforward (a little awkward since the translations weren't identical). It would have been much harder & longer to try to do that on the actual Kindle.

One thing I miss in this translation: "Slang" is usually used instead of "argot", "emeute" is not used for "riot". It was fun to have some French words which would be explained & repeated in the text, used as text (in the F & M translation), instead of a translation which seems weak (in the Kindle copy). This is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5.

I really liked the links from the Table of Contents to each volume, book & chapter (chapters were not listed in the Table of Contents of the paperback). But there is no forward option (to the next chapter). The format was very readable, even easier than the paperback (a blank line between paragraphs, which was very helpful on the extra long paragraphs).

An added bonus, which I found helpful, at the end of the Kindle copy, there is a letter Hugo wrote to the Italian publisher in 1862 telling in his words why Les Mis is for all nations. (This was not in my paper copy.)

By the time my Kindle arrived, my notes were ready to sync from the PC to the Kindle (pretty quick & mostly painfree), & I finished the book with the Kindle... much easier to hold & manipulate than 1500 pages.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Classic February 17, 2011
By JBF
Format:Kindle Edition
Les Miserables is one of the three or four greatest and most important novels ever written. It is a magnificent historical tour de force filled with all the riches of cultural context, of human striving, love, and compassion as well as the despair and cruelty of poverty in 19th century France (or perhaps anywhere). It is loaded with profoundly memorable characters and their absorbing stories and interrelationships. If it has a fault as a novel it is that on rare occasions Hugo indulges in some socio-historical essay writing, which somewhat disrupts the flow of the larger story and which might have been better inserted as footnote material. Tolstoy does the same in War and Peace, which LM to some extent resembles. It is no accident that the greatest modern musical is based (fairly faithfully) on this wonderful monument of French fiction. It is a very long, dense book, so take your time and savor every scrumptious morsel. NB: this is not the book you take on the plane to destract yourself for a couple of hours. This is not chewing gum for the mind a la James Patterson. This is literature at its greatest, and you have to let yourself be absorbed into its astonishing depths. BTW, I am NOT and have never been HEIDI. I am JBF. Don't know why Amazon wants me to be Heidi, but couldn't figure out how to change.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Tale--Frequently Interrupted
Who doesn't love this story? There's a bit of these unforgettable characters in all of us. Nevertheless, the complete and unabridged version of this classic novel is a frustrating... Read more
Published 9 minutes ago by Owen Griffiths
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of English Language, Unabridged, Free Kindle Edition
This edition would be worth buying if it wasn't free. Make sure you know what you want though, it's unabridged, so you'll have to put up with all of Mr. Read more
Published 9 minutes ago by Brewdaddy
5.0 out of 5 stars BabyR
This story was at once painful and exquisite to read. I thought that the Broadway play was wonderful but it pales in comparison to this magnificent novel. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by BabyR
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite
one of my favourites. what an excellent book. it is dark and fun and deep. I suggest to anyone who loves classics.
Published 15 hours ago by jessica mays
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I personally could have done without quite as much history, but I loved this awful, wonderful story. Well worth the year I took getting thru the translation!
Published 1 day ago by Stephanie Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A slow read but great story.
I loved the movie so much I had to read the book. It is very detailed and slow as many of the books of the time were but if you can tough through it its well worth it.
Published 2 days ago by N. Mcclellan
4.0 out of 5 stars This is not a Broadway Show
Loved the Broadway show but it was just a skipping stone skimming across the surface of this novel. Sometimes fast food gets you from one meal time to the next. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Curtis
1.0 out of 5 stars HOW CAN I RATE IT IF I NEVER SAW IT, NEVER BOUGHT IT, DON'T WANT IT....
I DID NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! I DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT YOU ARE ASKING OF ME. I WILL NOT SPEND MONEY ON THIS BOOK AND AT THE SAME TIME IF YOU SEND IT TO ME, I WILL RETURN IT... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Roberta
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic literature
Good to read the old school books in a new light. Still relevant in today's society. Although extremely detailed it brings life in Paris during these times (1800's) to life.
Published 2 days ago by Sue Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables: Eternally Relevant
As Victor Hugo himself says in the Preface, this book will remain relevant as long as there are injustice, hunger and poverty in human society. Read more
Published 3 days ago by dr. pawan sharma
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Digne struck out?
The words are like this in the paperback version as well. When I read the abridged version forever ago, I asked a professor about this, and she told me that they often do that in classic novels for unknown reasons. She believed that it might be an attempt to make it relevant and applicable to all... Read more
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how many pages
I don't think this is correct. I'm 10 chapters in (in this edition) and the "progress dots" just went from "1" to "2", and the "unread" dots go all the way across the screen. Just use the kindle's chapter function, you can jump all the way to the later... Read more
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