Saturday, January 26, 2013

Audio Review: Les Miserables

About the Audio Drama: 
Les Miserables is one of the world's masterpieces. It enthralled audiences worldwide as a great a motion picture...and as a blockbuster musical play. Now, this mighty drama has been adapted as an epic production starring some of Britain's finest actors. True to Victor Hugo's original novel, this grand production follows the tale of Jean Valjean as he encounters first the savage injustice of the law, and the greatness and grace of God.

My Review:
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.

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