I have listened to some Lamplighter productions, but never any from Focus on the Family, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I've never read the book, but I'm familiar with the musical. So I can't really say which is more accurate, the radio presentation or the musical, although there were things in the radio performance that I thought were odd- they cut out a lot and sometimes even changed things. The biggest probably the fact that Eponine didn't die. ???
The voices? Sometimes I felt the acting was a little melodramatic, and I didn't like Fantine's voice at all. Jean Valjean's was okay, as was Cosette's; I liked the the Thenardiers and Marius. And Enjolras and Gavroche *sob*
However, this performance wasn't just as emotionally charged as the musical (although it's certainly cleaner). I kept feeling like it needed music, no surprise. It was enjoyable, but not spectacular. However, it's a good way to introduce one to this amazing story of redemption and grace.
I received this product from the publisher for free in exchange for my honest review.