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Les Misérables (English language) [Kindle Edition]

Victor Hugo
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,768 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.


Product Details

  • 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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154 of 158 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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171 of 181 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 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pay more for a better translation January 18, 2013
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THIS IS THE HAPGOOD TRANSLATION and the rating is for the translation, not the novel. Amazon doesn't seem to like to list the translators but it can make a huge difference. I just got a Kindle, and having read Hunchback several years ago and having the Signet Classics Les Mis waiting on my shelf for a while, I decided this would be a good first hurdle for the Kindle. The hardcopy is so huge! Along the way I wondered why I seemed to be reading so slowly and having to re-read sections -- was I not adapting to the Kindle? -- and then I finally came across a phrase in this translation that really didn't make any sense at all. Maybe a word-for-word translation rather than an interpretation? - "...the great art: to make a little render to success the sound of a catastrophe..." I had another free download of the book, and found exactly the same translation. In the Signet Classics Fahenstock/MacAfee translation, however, it was in perfectly good English: "...the great art, to give a success something of the sound of a catastrophe..." Here's what's annoying: if I pull up the Signet Classics version on Amazon, it has link to buy it in Kindle edition, but the LINK'S TO THIS COMPLETELY INFERIOR TRANSLATION! Amazon doesn't offer a Kindle version of the Signet Classics translation so I'm looking elsewhere and using conversion software if I need to, then picking up where I left off in the Hapgood translation. Free is fine for public domain English-language books (Dickens, Twain) but I've learned my lesson with translations and will pay for premium.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Kindle use: a great experience February 1, 2011
By LKC
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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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This book is my all-time favorite. I first read it more than 20 years ago, when I was just 19, and fell in love. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars but this book is so much better than the movie
This was tough to get through, but this book is so much better than the movie. In fact after I read this, the movie made me mad since they got so many things in the movie wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars However long it takes, read this.
Very long, full of wonderful and colorful language. Mind enriching. Soul enriching. Human suffering brought to a level that any will identity with.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This story will leave a lasting impression. One of the most depressing stories I've ever read.
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This was a lovely story, a little long winded at times but it's virtues are classic. This is the type of book that causes you to be changed for better, to become a little bit more... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - literally and figuratively
This shows you why you call it a "classic". Great read - literally and figuratively.
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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
Jan 1, 2013 by Megan Rahhal |  See all 4 posts
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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