This retelling of Victor Hugo's classic, Les Miserables, is a must hear CD series!
This beautiful story follows the main character Jean Valjean and his life's journey of injustice, forgiveness, compassion, and love. This listener was captivated with the beauty of the story and found myself transported in time to the period surrounding the French Revolt, and the life circumstances surrounding Hugo's character, Jean Valjean.
The production is of the highest quality and rivals any medium in the telling of this story. I give my highest recommendation for the hearing of this beautiful classic produced by Focus on the Family. (rev. J. La Tour)
About the audio recording: 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.
One of the best stories ever written, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, can be listened to in this exciting version from Focus on the Family Radio Theatre!
I love the story of Les Miserables and jumped at the chance to do this review! We listened to it in the car, and it held all my older kids and me entranced.
I wasn't really sure how I'd like the Radio Theatre version (as opposed to the stage musical and movie), although I have enjoyed other Radio Theatre dramas. Well, this one didn't disappoint. I give it 5 out of 5 stars! As I was driving down the road tears were running down my cheeks when it ended. Such a beautiful story of redemption, grace, and mercy. The acting is superb, and I even liked the soundtrack (although I love the music from the musical). I highly recommend this 3-CD set to all who love an exciting drama. There are some mature themes (mention of prostitute, a man commits suicide, a shooting scene related to the French Revolution where people are killed), so you may prefer to play it only for the older kids.
After listening to these CDs, my son found the book and started reading it! I tried a few years ago but didn't get very far. Now, I'm inspired to try again!
( I received a complimentary copy of this CD-set from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for this honest review.)
Wonderful Dramatization of One of the Best Stories
January 16, 2013
San Jose, CA
I fell in love with the story of Les Miserables after seeing the play in 2012. I then discovered that we already have the Focus on the Family dramatization in our iTunes library, so I thought I'd give it a listen.
I love the fact that the dramatization included so much more of the story that had been left out of the play, not to mention that recording and acting/reading was so very well done.
On a recent ski trip, I made the students in the car listen to the drama. They fell in LOVE with the story.
The ending, where ValJean gave the candlesticks to Cossette.. it totally made me tear up. It still does, every time I hear it.
Focus on the Family's audio drama of Les Miserables promotes being true to Victor Hugo's original novel following the tale of Jean Valjean's encounter from savage injustice to the grace of God. Having absolutely no knowledge whatsoever regarding the story line for Les Miserables, I can not say whether the production itself was true to the novel. However, this production is well done infusing the heartaches of Jean Valjean as well as his triumph over bitterness to become the antithesis of his nemesis, Inspector Javert, a man so controlled by justice that mercy escapes him.
While this production gripped one's attention and provided various points of reflection and discussion, it did lack the essential factor of Jean Valjean's conversion--Jesus. His conversion seems to be more of a response to mercy shown to him rather than an encounter with Jesus. Where there is evidence of Jean Valjean's conversion through his life in overcoming evil with good, it would have been edifying to know the source--Jesus!
As a listener of Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre productions, I enjoyed listening and discussing the production at home but think that a clear mention of Jesus' work in Jean Valjean would serve as an introduction to a greater audience of unbelievers.
I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.
This is the story of Jean Valjean, a man who has spent nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread for his hungry family. Experiencing the injustice of the legal system firsthand, Valjean encounters the grace of God through a kindly priest. He then moves forward attempting to spread this grace to all he encounters. His tale is both heart-breaking and inspiring.
Even if you have read this classic story by Victor Hugo, you will want to listen to this series. It draws you in and holds your attention to the very end, leaving you wishing that your short drive was just a little longer so you could hear more of the story! I highly recommend this series.
I received this free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.