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  • Thérèse Raquin | Emile Zola

    Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    Kindle Customer says: "worth a listen"
  • The Belly of Paris | Émile Zola,Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator)

    The Belly of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Émile Zola, Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator)
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Although it is little known in this country, The Belly of Paris is considered one of Émile Zola’s best novels. Set in the newly built food markets of Paris, it is a story of wealth and poverty set against a sumptuous banquet of food and commerce. Having just escaped from prison after being wrongfully accused, young Florent arrives at Paris’ food market, Les Halles, half starved, surrounded by all he can’t have, and indignant at his world, which he now knows to be unjust. He finds that the city’s working classes have been displaced to make way for bigger streets and bourgeois living quarters, so he settles in with his brother’s family.

  • Germinal | Émile Zola

    Germinal

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Leighton Pugh
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    Germinal is one of the most striking novels in the French tradition. Widely regarded as Zola's masterpiece, the novel describes the working conditions of French coalminers in the 1860s in harsh and realistic terms. It is visceral, graphic, and unrelenting. Its strong socialist principles and vivid accounts of the miners' strikes meant that the novel became a key symbol in the workers' fight against oppression, with chants of "Germinal! Germinal!" resonating high above the author's funeral.

    Katie Sullivan says: "well performed"
  • La bête humaine (Rougon-Macquart 17) | Émile Zola

    La bête humaine (Rougon-Macquart 17)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Éric Herson-Macarel
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    Des batignolles à Auteuil, un mécanicien de locomotive erre, le couteau à la main, hanté par une idée fixe : tuer une femme... Dans le train qui mène au Havre, un couple poignarde sauvagement un notable du régime impérial, avant de le jeter sur la voie. À la Croix-de-Maufras, lieu dit reculé, un garde-barrière empoisonne son épouse, dans l'espoir de mettre enfin la main sur son magot.

  • The Kill (La Curee) | Émile Zola

    The Kill (La Curee)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Cate Barratt
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    Émile Zola's The Kill is one part of the French author's 20-volume series about the fictitious Rougon-Macquart family during the Second French Empire, and it is rich with symbolism. Paris is awakening to unprecedented expansion, the future intoxicating, and in keeping with its penchant for excess, the aristocracy is caught up in the mad dash to devour as much of it as it can.

  • The Ladies' Paradise | Emile Zola

    The Ladies' Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Lee Ann Howlett
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    Country girl Denise Baudu arrives in Paris hoping for a position in her uncle's clothing shop. However, her uncle's shop, along with other small shops in the area, is doing poorly. This is due to the large store across the street - The Ladies' Paradise - which is swallowing up the small specialty stores by offering 'one-stop shopping' at discounted prices. 19th Century Paris is experiencing the dawn of the department store. Despite her loyalty to her uncle, Denise is drawn to the progressive Ladies' Paradise and it's owner, the driven but charismatic Monsieur Mouret.

    Gaele says: "rich and layered use of description"
  • Au bonheur des dames (Rougon-Macquart 11) | Émile Zola

    Au bonheur des dames (Rougon-Macquart 11)

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Évelyne Lecucq
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    Octave Mouret, précurseur inspiré, bouleverse sa corporation comme Haussmann bouleverse la ville. Il parie tout sur les femmes, sur leurs envies et sur leur incapacité à surmonter les tentations.
    Une lui résiste : Denise, incarnation de la vertu et de la générosité. Elle devient une obsession pour cet ogre.

  • Nana | Emile Zola

    Nana

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
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    Emile Zola, along with fellow novelists Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert, was an early realist in French literature. In novels such as Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Zola's Nana, sex and violence were examined with vivid clarity. These realists soon adopted the word naturalism to describe their writings.

    Robert W. says: "A classic"
  • Nana (Rougon-Macquart 9) | Émile Zola

    Nana (Rougon-Macquart 9)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Victor Vestia
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    Dans ce roman, on découvre une société dominée par le plaisir et l'argent, le milieu du théâtre parisien au 19ème siècle et de la prostitution, celui de l'aristocratie et de la grande bourgeoisie.À travers le personnage de Nana, jolie fille du ruisseau, prostituée et comédienne sans talent devenue célèbre courtisane, Zola décrit la déchéance d'une femme, et celle de la bonne société qui lui apporte ses amants, mais aussi la fin du Second Empire, qui se rue avec insouciance vers la guerre et la débâcle.

  • Money | Émile Zola,Valerie Minogue (translator)

    Money

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Émile Zola, Valerie Minogue (translator)
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
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    Aristide Rougon, known as Saccard, is a failed property speculator determined to make his way once more in Paris. Unscrupulous, seductive, and with unbounded ambition, he schemes and manipulates his way to power. Financial undertakings in the Middle East lead to the establishment of a powerful new bank and speculation on the stock market; Saccard meanwhile conducts his love life as energetically as he does his business, and his empire is seemingly unstoppable.

    J. says: "A forgotten gem"
  • Germinal | Emile Zola

    Germinal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    A father and three of his seven children work brutal hours in a mine, facing hazards such as landslides, fire, and poisoned air, to scrape together enough money for food. When their lodger, Étienne, shares ideas about a workers' revolt, the family gradually embraces his plans. Soon the settlement is aflame with resolve to strike for better wages and working conditions. Savage and horrifying events ensue as miners clash with management and with each other.

    R D says: "Welcome"
  • L'Argent (Rougon-Macquart 18) | Émile Zola

    L'Argent (Rougon-Macquart 18)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Pierre Prévost
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    La spéculation, telle qu'elle se pratique de nos jours, naît sous le Second Empire. Aristide Rougon, dit Saccard, le promoteur immobilier de "La Curée", réapparait ici en conquérant de la finance.Le "jeu" capitaliste enflamme les passions des grandes fortunes comme des classes laborieuses. Zola démonte le mécanisme des opérations boursières et scrute les personnages typiques du milieu de l'argent.

  • The Best French Short Stories | Guy de Maupassant,Victor Hugo,Anatole France,Charles Baudelaire,Emile Zolà,Théophile Gautier,Alphonse Daudet

    The Best French Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Guy de Maupassant, Victor Hugo, Anatole France, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    An enchanting collection of some of the greatest short stories ever written by notable French authors.

  • Le ventre de Paris (Rougon-Macquart 3) | Émile Zola

    Le ventre de Paris (Rougon-Macquart 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Marc-Henri Boisse
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    Sous le second empire, le bouleversement de Paris voit le quartier marchand se transformer avec l'apparition du projet Baltard...

  • La curée (Rougon-Macquart 2) | Émile Zola

    La curée (Rougon-Macquart 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Pierre Prévost, Evelyne Lecucq
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    Le second empire vu sous l'angle des Rougon, archétypes de la bourgeoisie ambitieuse et parvenue.

  • L'Attaque du Moulin | Émile Zola

    L'Attaque du Moulin

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Franck Frappa
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    "Le moulin du père Merlier, par cette belle soirée d'été, était en grande fête. Dans la cour, on avait mis trois tables, placées bout à bout, et qui attendaient les convives. Tout le pays savait qu'on devait fiancer, ce jour-là, la fille Merlier, Françoise, avec Dominique, un garçon qu'on accusait de fainéantise, mais que les femmes, à trois lieues à la ronde, regardaient avec des yeux luisants, tant il avait bon air."

  • Nana | Emile Zola

    Nana

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Rosangela Lopez
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    Nana una cortesana que domina a todos, ella en realidad es la victima de una sociedad corrompida. Nana es de todos, pero no pertenece a ninguno y su desnudez que exhibe sin inhibiciones en el teatro de variedades, hace que se disimule su voz ronca y desagradable y sus ningunas cualidades artisticas.

  • The Gin Palace | Emile Zola

    The Gin Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Abandoned by her lover and left to bring up their two children alone, Gervaise Macquart has to fight to earn an honest living. When she accepts the marriage proposal of Monsieur Coupeau, it seems as though she is on the path to a decent, respectable life at last. But with her husband's drinking and the unexpected appearance of a figure from her past, Gervaise's plans begin to unravel tragically.

    Elinor says: "Not the original version of Zola's book"
  • Thérèse Raquin | Émile Zola

    Thérèse Raquin

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Patrick Poivey, Jeanne Arènes, Maxime Le Gall, and others
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    Un drame de la petite bourgeoisie à l'origine du naturalisme.

  • Les Repoussoirs | Émile Zola

    Les Repoussoirs

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Bernard Petit
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    Durandeau est un riche industriel que les scrupules n'étouffent pas. Alors que tant d'autres spéculent sur la beauté et ses accessoires, il va développer une affaire florissante en faisant commerce des filles laides...

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