Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: Les Miserables

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.


  1. The immortal story of Victor Hugo has again found a good musical production, but only those who are admirers of the genre of musicals could appreciate it to the full.


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