Les Miserables (Complete with All 5 Volumes)

Les Miserables (Complete with All 5 Volumes)

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Now available in one complete edition are the five volumes of Les Miserables. Les Miserables was written by Victor Hugo in 1862. For almost one and a half centuries this novel has captured audiences around the world.

In Les Miserables you will follow Jean Valjean through a lifetime of ups and downs. Jean, who starts out as a common felon, meets a Bishop, which encounter left an impression upon his mind, that transforms him in an honorable citizen. During the course of this story, Jean Valjean if forced to take on different identities because of his criminal past. Through these identities he is able to perform many charitable deeds. Through one such act of kindness, he makes a promise to a dying single mother Fantine, to care for her daughter Cosette. Thru Cosette, Jean learns to love again as raises her as his own…

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BN ID: 2940012098436
Publisher: Books 4 People
Publication date: 01/28/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 199,440
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

"If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away," the larger-than-life Victor Hugo once confessed. Indeed, this 19th-century French author's books — from the epic drama Les Misérables to the classic unrequited love story The Hunchback of Notre Dame — have spanned the ages, their themes of morality and redemption as applicable to our times as to his.

Date of Birth:

February 26, 1802

Date of Death:

May 22, 1885

Place of Birth:

Besançon, France

Place of Death:

Paris, France


Pension Cordier, Paris, 1815-18

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Les Miserables 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 304 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly a masterpiece. The reader is absolutely drawn in by the characters. I adore books that make me cry because I know that then, I am definately involved. For this book, I bawled! I have to warn you that I have read a couple of different abridged versions and some of them cut out really crucial parts. Play it safe, pick up the unabridged version! You'll love it!
Lisa Rivera More than 1 year ago
I love this book, but I was not at all satisfied with the Nook version. It worked fine at first, but then it would freeze up on me. I would constantly get error messages saying the Activity Reader has stopped working, and then I would have to force close it. Then to top it all off, the last part of the book is missing! Not worth wasting your $ ... even if it's only a dollar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have spent nearly two hours with customer service because my nook freezes up whenever I try to something unusual like highlight a portion, look up a word, or turn the page. Also got the Activity Reader Error. Final engineering report: we will refund your money. I will purchase another version, but still unabridged as the story is wonderful.
Robtish More than 1 year ago
Don't buy this for the NOOK! It's the translation by Fahnestock (as advertised). It's the Hapgood translation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The misleading title "complete with all 5 volumes" had me thinking this was an unabridged version. It is NOT. Though I enjoy the translation, I wanted to read the WHOLE book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of Les Mis is absolutely wonderful. I was drawn to reading the book after seeing the 25th Anniversary production of the musical at the O2 in London (also highly recommended). I like that in the unabridged version, you get more details about the story, but you also get extensive social commentary from Hugo on the world he sees around him. It adds another dimension to the book. That having been said, this particular file works great until you get to 700 out of the 1250 pages. From that point on it continually freezes everytime you try to turn a page. It also frequently kicks you to an entirely different page which may be numerous pages back from where you are currently reading or several chapters ahead.
Booklover154 More than 1 year ago
The very ending of the book is missing. It starts freezing towards the end. Loved the story and so upset I couldn't finish it.
JDH714 More than 1 year ago
Les Miserables is without a doubt the greatest novel ever written. With 1463 pages, the unabridged version published by Signet Classics is the translation you simply must read. Based off of the classic C.E. Wilbur translation, the voice of Victor Hugo is clear and consistent throughout the novel, and yet the adaptation of the language by MacAfee and Fahnestock makes the story easy to understand and appreciate. While some translations and abridged versions seem to steal away the personalities of the characters and the author, this complete translation makes you feel like you personally know Jean Valjean, Javert, Enjolras, and Victor Hugo. Les Miserables isn't like a lot of the classical books that you are forced to read in school, with tragically simple and unsurprising plot lines and blan characters. No, in Les Miserables, there is a surprise in every chapter, and the characters are original and refreshing. (Take Cosette for example: she is not just some boring, preppy 1800's girl. She laughs and jokes with Jean Valjean, and has a bit of a snooty side, very modern and exciting.) Victor Hugo included in the novel several poems, songs, and philosophical discussions, which are enlightening and inspiring. In a scene near the beginning of the novel, Bishop Myriel of Digne has a debate with a member of the National Convention, who tells the Bishop why the French Revolution happened, why it had to happen, and why it was a good thing. In no other book is the fight against tyranny expressed as well, save perhaps the works of Thomas Paine. And if poetry and philosophy and redemption aren't your thing, there are still the Friends of the ABC. Lead by the brave, Bad-A, Enjolras, this group of quirky students, workers, and misfits take to the streets of Paris in June of 1832, and build a barricade to fight off and over-through the rule of Louis-Philippe. Bravery, action, and explosions fill the later parts of the novel. And yes, even the most manly of men will cry, as our heroes sacrifice their lives for the cause of freedom. With its amazing characters, intense plot, and moving words, Les Miserables, written in French by Victor Hugo, and translated into English by C.E. Wilbur, Norman MacAfee, and Lee Fahnestock, is what a novel is supposed to be. You will be spellbound. Though a daunting read, you will not be able to put down what is the greatest novel ever written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books before but this one just touched my heart in a diffrent way. It made me think diffrently and Victor Hugo did a very good job! It will make you see a diffrent way of life. I hav only read the free sample but it was just as fasinating. P.S- invest in a box of tissues!
Opinion More than 1 year ago
The novel has several poems, songs,and other passages that are essential to the story. In this edition, these passages are truncated on the right side of the page. No matter how small you shrink the font, you can't see the whole line, and the lines don't wrap. Don't buy this edition if you care about the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is truly a classic. But why pay even $0.99 when you can get it for free at Project Gutenberg????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Les Miserables is among the greatest book ever written. However, this ebook edition has too many faults to be forgiven. There are several pages that are presented in French with no translation. The last 20 or so pages of the book are missing. The ebook itself bogs down about midway through. Pages become VERY slow to turn. Barnes and Noble should stop selling this edition. The book deserves a five star rating but there are too many problems with this ebook edition.
tst63 More than 1 year ago
Although I am somewhat familiar with this story through theater, I wanted to see how much more the book went in detail, etc., but the sample will not open. BUY WITH CAUTION.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This version, translated by Lee Fahnestock and Norman MacAfee, is my favorite, and is NOT available on Nook. I bought the one that was shown with the paperback version, thinking it was the same, and it is NOT. I am so angry right now! Talk about misleading & false advertising, Barnes & Noble! Please don't ever do this to your customers again.
BellGuginofan1 More than 1 year ago
won of the best books ever! as long as you keep in mind when it was written and the state literature was in at the time. absoulutly his masterpiece. very long book though and at times he went so far of the subject at times that it got frustrating but i was still satisfied with the book. though it it extremely long and quit intimidating at times, i had really no problem reading it. it took me about 2 weeks to read it. i really loved the characters of Jean Valjean, Eponime, Fantine and Javert.....these characters i was absolutly absorbed by i was with them every step of the way and when they all died i felt like i had lived their entire lifetimes. Marius and Cosette were my least favorite characters i felt they were put too high on a pedestool and inspite all they went throughout their lives together and separately they somhow managed to mantain their innocence which i find very hard to believe (which is why i put up on top - as long as you keep in mind the times it was written and the state of Lit. then) i found Cosette boring and Marius surprising cruel. and when he wasn't he always seemed aloof. however without them there is no novel such as this. so i could live with them. the rest of the characters i was indifferent too but again without them the heroes of the book wouldn't be so heroic. everyone complains about the addingof Waterloo, the Sewers and other "Books within a book" that deviates from the points that Victor Hugo is trying to make. i too found them distrating. however you find out later how inportant it is too the novel in explaining why a certain character(s) do somthing or in their thinking. think of them as tools you can use if you wish to elp you understand the book. if you skip them, i don't think that it will deminish from you enjoyment of this novel at all. read them after you read the story. i might help you understand it a little better. it is up to the individule reader i think. if for anything you can read those long passages on it own merit. they make good little books all by themselves. Think of them like they were DVD extras if you want. it also goes for his long rants of philosophy you can treat them like the other sub-passages of the book. but this is a little more important and some of them are more inportant to the direct reading of the book and pivitol of the plot. overall i think this is an excellent novel for summer reading. enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well... Where to start? I really did enjoy this story, despite the fact that I had to read the UNABRIDGED version for a school assignment. I believe that if I could have read it for pleasure (and not have a deadline) I would have enjoyed it much more. Overall, I liked most of the characters. There were a few who kind of creeped me out, like Cossette and Marius' story, but I digress. I really got attached to some of the secondary characters that ended up dieing in the end (which was frustrating). I also felt that Hugo spent much too much time on certain things (like chapters on battles and convents and sewers) while skimming over more important things (like character development). Overall, I would say it was worth the read. However, if you have a choice, I would definitely go with the abridged version unless you have hours upon hours of spare time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest books ever written. If you have not read this book, you must read it soon.
Jessica Little More than 1 year ago
I think this book is inspiring and touching but this version seems to not work. Read the book though.
Joethereader More than 1 year ago
Huge, wide-ranging story, including a lot of French history of the era. Much of it is obscure to me with "insider" references, but the classic aspects of this great work are apparent. The translation is dated, but quite readable, particularly with the dictionary feature of the Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I don't know about the sample, but I bought the real deal. I downloaded it and its great. This is a rather large book so it definitely took longer than normal to download. Probably the other users problems. Highly recommended!
Lacey Ballard More than 1 year ago
Do not buy this, it doesn't open.
Rowsdower42 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book so much for the fact that it was challenging! I usually only read books that were "fun" or "enjoyable" for me, but this was the first real book that actually tested my mind! The wording in this book is totally different (probably because it was written by someone who is french), but it changes the way you think and understand what the story is about. I cannot even count how many new words I came across! It helped me practice my reading skills and enhanced my ability to think about and understand different types of writing. This book is not only for the challenge, it is also for the enjoyment. I honestly thought that I would not like it at all, but as I started to get into it, I was hooked. This author really goes into detail of all of the character's emotions, and various opinions about certain problems. It really makes you understand what the main characters are going through, and you almost feel that you are with them, feeling those same emotions. This book really shows the true meaning of love towards father and child. This author really opened my eyes to how the main character (Jean Valjean) will do anything to take care of her, and nothing more. It would be very easy for him to escape and go off by himself, but he truly respects the law, but also knows that she (Cosette) cannot live in the state she was first in, (being a slave). he therefore dedicates his life into taking care and raising her up until she can take care of herself, so then he can settle his deal with justice. I really admired this character, and loved all of the detailed feelings he had for this little girl, which truly touched my heart. I would defiantly recommend this book to people (around ages 15+) who want a challenging book, and are wanting to put their mind to the test. It is such an amazing book with challenging words and names that are hard to tell apart, but that was the fun of it for me! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, quel bon livre! I picked up Les Misérables because it was French, and it filled me with the pain of Fantine, the innocence of Cosette, the reform of Jean Valjean, and the valor of Marius. When I finally got to the last page I didn't want to be there. It was as if I'd known the characters for years. The book constantly surprised me and even caused me to exclaim aloud a few times, which is highly unusual for me. Don't be daunted by this book's size. It is intimidating, but once you get into the intricately weaved story, you'll never forget it.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well this is nothing but the French War and Peace, is what this is. And if it doesn't quite plumb the psychological depths of the human individual like Tolstoy's work does, it contains more, far more, of the real, common human life that we share. "Man is a depth still more profound than the people", says Jean Valjean, but that good old man is wrong, and this book is 1463 pages of passionate refutation.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read 'War and Peace' partly because I felt I should, and partly because I had no idea about the story; likewise with 'Les Miserables', although in the case of the French epic I was at least partly familiar with the characters, particularly Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert.So, what can be said about this book that hasn't been said before? It is a classic of world literature, though I don't recommend reading it as quickly as I did (I went on holiday for a week pretty much for the purpose of reading it). It overwhelms. The story, often so sad and dramatic, is peppered with philosophical insights, many expressed ten different ways in the same chapter by Victor Hugo, a man in love with his own ideas if ever there was one.The story itself is immense, and will stay with me always - perhaps more than any other classic. I fell in love with Gavroche, and wish that Hugo had written a book just for him.