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Robin

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  • The Guermantes Way, Part 1

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In The Guermantes Way, Part 1, the third volume of Marcel Proust's monumental, seven volume Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel penetrates the inner sanctum of Paris high society and falls in love with the fascinating Duchesse de Guermantes. With his unmatched powers of observation Proust vividly describes the struggles for political, social, and sexual supremacy played out beneath a veneer of elegant manners.

    beatrice says: "missing the good parts"
    "The Guermantes Way, I"
    Overall

    Scintillating language, perceptions and atmosphere; having read it in French I think the English version is superb and the narration and characterization wonderful.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Guermantes Way, Part 2

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The Guermantes Way, Part 2, the third volume of Marcel Proust's monumental, seven volume Remembrance of Things Past, continues the story of Marcel's entry into the highest circles of French aristocracy. Having renewed his acquaintance with the enchanting Albertine, who now submits to his amorous advances, Marcel finds himself pursued by the predatory Baron de Charlus.

    Marius says: "Albertine, Charlus and the hissy fit"
    "Guermantes, 2"
    Overall

    Neville Jason's narration is wonderful; Charlus, Mme de Guermantes, the Courvoisiers and all the characters are real, vibrant and memorable; to listen to this while out walking is to disapear into a different time and place and become intimate with a circle of compelling characters whom one hates to leave to return to now and here.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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