Review: Les Miserables (Focus on The Family Radio Theatre)

19 Jan

978-1-58997-394-7The 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.

My Impressions:

First, let me say, that I have never read Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. I have not seen the stage production or the new movie either. So I had just a cursory knowledge of this great classic. After listening to Focus on The Family’s Radio Theatre production, I am excited about seeing the movie and want to dive into the novel (all 1200+ pages of it!).

Les Miserables¬†is the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who served 19 years at hard labor for the crime of stealing a loaf of bread. He returns to society a bitter man, hardened to life. But through a serendipitous encounter with a godly priest, he enters on a quest to make his life count and to help as many people as possible. Valjean’s life is a life that has been redeemed. The audio production captures his struggles very well. The themes of justice and mercy, revenge and love, law and grace are played out in a moving way. This audio production is ideal for a family car trip. In 3 hours, your family can be introduced to one of the world’s greatest literary classics and spur conversations in what it means to sacrifice, love, and live a life of meaning.

Highly Recommended.

(I received this product from Tyndale in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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