My daughter and friend saw the new movie release... her friend likes the book best, dtr likes the musical best... apparently some differences in pronumciation... wondering how they got a pronuciation standard from a BOOK! Ha HA! I have listened to the CD version from FOF several times and it awakens imagination, freeing me to catch more of those subtle and not so subtle values lessons. worth the listen!
Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's fresh perspect
January 28, 2013
Noelle the dreamer
Victor Hugo's masterpiece 'Les Miserables' has captivated countless generations with its dark tale of Christian love, atonement and forgiveness in spite of the cruel injustice of the legal system of the epoch.
Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's fresh perspective on the fascinating recount of one man's trials after 19 years of inhuman captivity brings to life the story of Jean Valjean, Javert and Fantine!
There have been many movies made of this heartbreaking story of hardships and redemption set in tumultuous France 19th century but Radio Theatre gives yet again a remarkable approach to humanity's frailness in the face of adversity.
As some of you remember I had the opportunity to review another well known title from Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, Oliver Twist (see review HERE) and both offers a remarkable cast.
British finest talents such as actors Brian Blessed, Leo McKern and Geoffrey Palmer's are lending their voices to 'Les Miserables' in an unforgettable reenactment of the well known tale.
The culmination of the story of Jean Valjean hiding from his tumultuous past and Javert's oppressive hunt is the triumph of good over evil despite the many obstacles in his intended path.
It is important to add Radio Theatre's at times graphic details of life in Jean Valjean's era is absolutely stunning. There is little need of visual special Fx to imagine the poverty and degradation in that timeline period!
That said, Focus on the Family took pains in producing a story fitting for an audience of age 12 and over. Whilst some might argue specific elements have been removed for family concerns, the endeavour is to be applauded, particularly for its haunting musical score!
Being a first time listener to Focus On The Family's Radio Theater, I didn't know what to expect for their rendition of Les Miserables. I've heard that Victor Hugo's novel and the recent movie was amazing and since I haven't been able to enjoy either, I hoped that this audio version would be equivalently amazing. It was!!!
Focus On The Family told this epic story in such a way that you have no problem imagining that you are sitting on the sidelines, watching as the story unfolds. The powerful sound effects give eyes to your ears and you become enamored with the "good" characters, even though you are only hearing their voices. Background sounds like horse hooves or gunfire could be heard as well, adding to the feeling of "being there."
Though I cannot give full credit to Focus On The Family for the story, plot and characters, because they were Victor Hugo's original work, I was moved by their take on Jean Valjean's life. I was so inspired to find that a simple act of kindness by Bishop Myriel of Digne was what God used to turn Jean's life around. It encourages me to show the light and love of Christ more often, even to the "least of these."
I highly recommend that you hear Focus On The Family's Radio Theater version of Les Miserables. Listeners become emotionally attached to Jean Valjean, Cosette and Marius. Listeners are taken on and emotional journey as well as spiritual journey toward learning to forgive. I'd rate this audio drama 5 out of 5 stars! I am eagerly awaiting another audio drama by Focus On The Family.
I received this audio drama from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
The story of Les Mis is rich and while some portions of the story may be difficult for younger listeners, I love that this version is accessible to a wider range of listeners than say, perhaps the film, or even the Broadway recording of the music. This particular radio version maintains more of Victor Hugo's original story than the movie and play do, and the actors in this radio version are outstanding.
I plan to introduce my children to Les Miserables through this very radio theater version.
If you've been looking for a way to share this powerful redemption story with some younger people in your life, or if the grittiness of the musical version offends you, you will likely appreciate this. It has been a great pleasure to enjoy the story in a way I had not heard it done before.
I received this product for free from Tyndale House publishers in exchange for my opinion. I was not required to give a favorable review-I enjoyed this immensely.
I grew up in the era before television and when weekly night time serial dramas on the radio were highlights of the week. It was exciting to sit beside a radio listening to The Green Hornet, The Shadow, and Gangbusters. Exciting! Drama!
The time frame is roughly that of 1815-1830 and the historical setting in France is that of the June Rebellion. The letter of the law was cruel and unjust in France during that time. And it is in that social environment that a young Jean Valjean is sent to prison for stealing a loaf of bread, and he is in prison for 19 years. The story examines law vs. justice and mercy or grace on a social standing. But it is also a story of redemption and examines social redemption as well as personal redemption through the grace of God.