I have managed to never read Les Miserables, and more importantly have managed to never see the Broadway production of it...or for that matter, any production of it.
Somehow it always seemed to me that if it was being pushed at us that much and that hard, that there must be something inherently wrong with it.
Other items by Victor Hugo were good to read, so it's not an aversion to him or his works in general. Just that one thing which seems to practically scream at me that it's a piece of unmitigated propaganda.
Perhaps there's a version of it being done by those folks who gave us Schoolhouse Rock or maybe there's a flash card version. Until then, it's unlikely I'll ever read the book or see the play.