My Introduction to Les Misérables

12:15 PM

Age appropriate for: Ages 12 and up

Description: 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.

For years I have heard about Les Misérables. This year, with the new movie, I feel like I have heard of little else. People I hardly know rave about the musical, friends would talk at length about other movie versions and how the new one would compare, and my family has puzzled over what all the hype is about. We asked each other a question that shocked my friends; What is Les Misérables?

Thank you Tyndale House for offering review copies of Focus on the Family Radio Theater’s production. I ordered it to listen to over the holidays, not sure really what to expect. Most trendy stories that I have read/watched/listened to I didn’t like, so I had very low expectations for this story.

One evening my sister and were working, and we decided to start listening to Les Misérables thinking we would just listen to one disc and then go to bed. That didn’t happen. It was very late when we finished the third disk. Both of us were touched deeply by the story and understood why others loved this story of redemption, faith, and second chances.

Focus on the Family Radio Theater had an incredible cast, background music, and realistic sound effects. The production was top notch, as all Focus on the Family Radio Theater productions are.

There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this story. I can’t wait to listen to it again. It will definitely become a favorite.

I highly recommend this for anyone 12 and up (because a child dies, and some other minor violence).

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  1. I LOVE Les Misérables! I've heard a (most likely) similar one put out by another radio company--we were able to get it through Homeschool Freebie of the Day (, I believe. It's a beautiful story--glad you like it, too! :) I'd like to hear the Focus on the Family production sometime--we have a tape from them, and I've listened to it over and over!


    P.S. You seem to be able to get quite a few books for free to review; how is that possible? Is there a site that specializes in listing all the books that you can get for free? I'd be interested to know! :)

  2. Esther,

    If you go to my "I review for..." Page, you can find the links to the sites I get free books from.


  3. It is an amazing story, I am glad you know it now. I love the story, one of the best ever written.

  4. *blissful sigh* Oh, I'm sure the radio production of Les Miserables is beautiful!! I've read the full book, and then I've watched a couple of black and white movie adaptions. Such a heart-wrenching story every single time!