A friend of mine had been singing the songs to Les Miserables when we were doing a show together. The show wasn't Les Mis, but I got so annoyed that I finally asked him for the CD. He gave it to me in French and in English, and I've been in love ever since.
Over the summer, I bought the unabridged version of the book and read it in about three days. Tot his date, it is still one of the greatest books I have ever read!