Interesting book, though not uplifting. Definitely written with a message in mind. Kate Winslet does a good job as reader!
I read that Zola set out to make a study of character, and not personality. But he has created deeply flawed and uninteresting characters.
I'm not sure I'll read more Zola, but he hasn't ruined a genre for me.
This is the first and I love the way she reads.
All of them. I'd rather read a travelogue of Paris in that era.
although there were plot twists, the writer (sorry Emile) took too long to get to the inevitable conclusion
the last page
I love Kate Winslet, her voice is amazing and so soothing. I would listen to anything she read. From a cookbook to a medical research journal! If it wasn't for her performance, I would have stopped listening. It was a very predictable and very depressing. But artistically well written and performed.
There is some real cleverness in the story. The darkness is reminiscent of Poe and O Henry
no...too depressing. None of the characters are likable. Translation from French can be awkward at times
no...one was plenty
Get Winslet to read more books!
I'm a mobile x-ray tech that spends a ton of time driving and listening to audiobooks. Love scifi and historical fiction.
Yes, I would listen to this book again. The story is rich with passion and revenge. It was a fun listen.
The journey of emotions was my favorite aspect. This book covers nearly every emotion one can experience from absolutely smothering boredom to bitter regret and hatred.
Kate Winslet breathes life into the characters with her acting skills. She gives each character a unique vocal identity without being obvious or patronizing. I feel she heightened the personalities to a level I might not have attained by reading alone.
Too much of the same thing.........especially at the last half of the book
Narration was good but story lacked.
The lushious unfolding of the characters' rise and demise and utterly brilliant storytelling. Kate did an incredible job of depicting the characters in their various stages of devolution into despair and death
Therese of course- vulnerable and unpredictable like a wild animal
Laurent- Kate Winslet has such a grovely voice
almost- needed a break from the spiral
Winslet's voice and animation bring Therese to life and she is a great narrator for this multi character story.
I love Kate Winslet's interpretation, the passionate way she tells the story, the atmosphere she creates, that makes you experience the feelings of the characters, understand their frailties, the reasons why they do what they do, see their lives so miserable through her golden and powerful voice. It's a very sad story, but Kate makes it sound precious, wonderful, suasive...
One of the most memorable moments is when Th??r??se can experience a feeling of joy and freedom at the seaside in the first part of the story, when she is still very young and lives surrounded with nature.
My favourite scene is when Madame Raquin describes as beautiful the place she has chosen for the family to live in Paris, and is very funny, I could see her face while she talks about the wonderful nook she had discovered, that gloomy and unhealthy prison...
It's a very sad story, I felt an unbearable sense of the damnation to which the characters were destined and couldn't help themselves.