Radio Theatre: Les Miserables   -     By: Victor Hugo
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This homeschool product specifically reflects a Christian worldview. Radio Theatre: Les Miserables

Tyndale Entertainment / 2007 / Compact disc

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Les Misirables has been called the most important novel of the 19th century. It's a tale of war and revolution, a touching love story, and a tale with some of the most memorable characters you'll find in any work of fiction. Most of all, it's a story about a desperate thief whose life is changed forever when a kind bishop, catching him in the act of stealing precious silver, forgives him. Accustomed to living only for himself, Jean Valjean becomes a kindhearted man who helps a dying woman, cares for her child as if she were his own...and puts his life on the line to help an innocent stranger.
Les Misirables tells of the triumph of good over evil, of love over hatred, and of mercy over the letter of the law. 169 Minutes. 3 CDs.

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Format: Compact disc
Vendor: Tyndale Entertainment
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 1589973941
ISBN-13: 9781589973947
Availability: In Stock
Series: Focus on the Family Radio Theatre

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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.

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  1. Bethyhope96
    Virginia
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great acting and quality!
    August 12, 2013
    Bethyhope96
    Virginia
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love Les Miserables. I love the story, I love the musical (I just had the opportunity to be in it,) and I love just about anything having to do with it. As you can imagine, I was so excited when this audio book came up for review since I also happen to LOVE Focus on the Family and their audio books. All excited, I inserted the first CD into my player.

    And I was not disappointed.

    Wonderful narration, brilliant acting... this audio book did great justice to Victor Hugo's story. Being an audio book, they couldn't fit the entire story in, and that may throw some people off. But if you let yourself appreciate the work for what it is: a wonderful, enjoyable adaptation, there shouldn't be a problem.

    I highly recommend this, and any other Focus on the Family audio books. It really does bring the story to life in a fantastic way. I hope that you'll buy this audio book for yourself to see how nice it is. Thank you Tyndale for giving me the opportunity to review it!
  2. Wanda Costinak
    Ontario
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fresh and Fulfilling Audio Drama
    August 10, 2013
    Wanda Costinak
    Ontario
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Being thrilled with the Focus on the Family radio theatre adaptation of the Chronicles of Narnia, I jumped at the chance to listen to their version of Victor Hugo's classic tale. Having seen the musical several times and watched the newest movie, I thought I knew the story well. I was in for a surprise. This radio drama brings in many aspects of the book that are left out of the Broadway and Hollywood versions that better develop the themes of redemption and mercy. I was blown away!

    While I realize that this is a family-friendly version of the story, I was disappointed that this adaptation denies that Fantine had to descend to the depths to keep her daughter and herself alive. Fantine and Valjean on several occasions skirt around the issue, lead the listener to believe that she is innocent of any such claim, and never deal with how she survived after being fired from the factory. I would not want graphic details included, but I believe it could have been addressed in a ‘safe for family listening' way to further develop the themes.

    The cast is strong, the background sound effects are not overdone and the score is fitting (although difficult to get used to when you have the original score memorized). There are 3 CDs and the story is 169 minutes long - it could have been longer! It was my middle school children who kept begging to put the story back on while on a recent road trip - they loved it! This is a wonderful adaptation of Les Miserables and is a must have audio book for your next road trip!

    I give this audiobook 5 stars out of 5.

    I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  3. Mrs. White
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring Entertainment
    April 20, 2013
    Mrs. White
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This audio adaptation is fascinating and a delight to hear. It was recorded in London and has a professional cast who did an incredible job.

    The main character in the story is Jean Valjean. He is an ex-convict who cannot ever escape his past. No matter what he tries to do in life, he seems to be always hunted and accused, because he was once a prisoner. In the beginning, he meets with a kind couple whose hospitality and compassion help him make a new start in life. Eventually, he builds up a new reputation, under a new name, and has a tremendous influence for good in his community. His riches, and charity in life are amazing. But what is most precious, is his unselfish character and actions.

    This is an epic story, highly inspiring and an excellent production. Listening to the story on audio CD was relaxing and a wonderful break from watching a movie on television. I highly recommend this radio theater presentation.

    *Disclaimer - I received a copy of this product for review purposes.*
  4. S Scales
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful way for your family to enjoy the classic
    February 24, 2013
    S Scales
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  5. Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace Spoken Through the Ages
    February 20, 2013
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It has been an exciting Winter with the musical version of the Les Miserables coming to theaters on Christmas Day and a re-release of the radio drama done several years ago by Focus on the Family.

    Though I had heard snippets of the radio drama in the past, I had never taken the opportunity to listen to the entire show. I found the story, as presented by Focus on the Family, drawing me in. Presented as about thirty 3 to 7 minute chapters on 3 CDs, the story moved along quite fast - with enough breaks to allow the listener to maintain his interest while moving through the three hour drama. Occasionally, the breaks between chapters cut through a speakers last syllable, but not so the word was entirely lost.

    I began listening to this presentation on an Amtrak train between upstate New York and Atlanta, GA. My wife and I used a splitter with dual earphones - both listening simultaneously. She commented that it was hard for her to follow the story. Later, when I returned to the presentation alone, I found no such problem - enjoying the transition from chapter to chapter.

    As always, the story is one of transformation and grace. These are lessons that are harder for some to learn than others - perhaps never learned by others. May Les Miserables, whether on paper, in the theater, on the radio, or via a CD, teach each of us that God can use us regardless of how broken and bitter we have become.

    ______________

    This review is based on a free CD copy of this radio play provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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