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.
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.