1. Les Miserables Radio Family Theatre by Victor Hugo
DISCLAIMER: I am a Les Miserables fanatic!
I have read the full unabridged version of Les Miserables twice, led a discussion on it with my book club (highest score ever), seen it live on stage twice, watched the 10th Anniversary edition of the stage production and listened to the soundtrack of this edition more times than I can count, and watched the 2012 movie version a week before listening to this audio book.
This audio book will be proudly added to my collection of all things Les Miserables!
What a wonderful three hour abridgment that hits all the important elements of mercy and redemption in this story! It is the perfect way to introduce someone to this timeless message. It is also sensitive to a younger audience in that some of the "grittier" elements have been toned down (Fantine really WAS a prostitute in the book, but this is not emphasized in this abridgment making it appropriate for younger listeners.)
The acting is SUPERB. Brian Blessed is a seasoned actor that portrays Jean Valjean wonderfully.
The musical score is also beautiful. It will move you much like the music from the musical version does. I could not stop listening to this dramatization!
Five stars for this fine production that has been re-released to coincide with the release of the 2012 film.
NOTE: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review.