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Honoré de Balzac

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  • Le Pere Goriot | Honoré de Balzac

    Le Pere Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By David McCallion
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Honoré de Balzac uses his classic style of detail to describe a most controversial setting in his novel Le Pere Goriot. The story takes place in Paris just after the fall of Napoleon in 1819. The story focuses on three characters, Rastignac, a student who wants to try and make it big in the capital, Vautrin, an interesting and funny character who is also quite mysterious, and the main character, Goriot, that carries a heavy burden that only a loving parent would endure.

  • Le chef-d'œuvre inconnu | Honoré de Balzac

    Le chef-d'œuvre inconnu

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Nicolas Planchais
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    "Le chef-d'œuvre inconnu" est une nouvelle d'Honoré de Balzac de 1831. Ce texte, à la fois fantastique et philosophique, est une véritable réflexion sur l'art.

  • Les chouans | Honoré de Balzac

    Les chouans

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Alain Lawrence
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    En 1799, sous la Révolution française, des paysans bretons s'arment pour le retour du roi et contre la troupe républicaine du commandant Hulot. Une aristocrate, Marie de Verneuil, est envoyée par Joseph Fouché pour séduire et capturer leur chef, le Marquis de Montauran, dit le Gars. Elle doit être aidée par un policier habile, ambitieux et peu scrupuleux, Corentin. Cependant, elle tombe amoureuse de sa cible.

  • The Black Sheep (Classic Serial) | Honore de Balzac

    The Black Sheep (Classic Serial)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Whitehead
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    Chris Dolan's dramatisation of Honore de Balzac's entertaining tale of family rivalry and fortunes lost and won, set in 19th-century France. Episode 1:After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Philippe Bridau becomes a reckless gambler who steals from his mother to finance his obsession. She foolishly continues to idolise him, and it is left to his more dependable brother Joseph to rescue the family from destitution. Episode 2: Philippe's gambling has left his family destitute and his political activities have landed him in jail.

  • Old Goriot | Honoré de Balzac

    Old Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Balzac’s universally loved novel explores the great theme of money and its effect on the human character. Old Goriot is a lodger at Madame Vauquer’s Parisian boarding house. At first, his wealth inspires respect, but as his circumstances are reduced, he is gradually shunned. He moves into smaller and less desirable rooms in the house, and soon his only remaining visitors are two beautiful young women. The mystery as to who they are and what is happening to Goriot’s fortune involves several other boarders, including Rastignac, an ambitious youth who hopes to rise in society.

    Eileen says: "Classic novel, classically done"
  • Cousin Bette | Honore de Balzac

    Cousin Bette

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
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    The Bette referred to in this magnificent novel's title is Lisbeth Fischer, an excruciatingly cunning poor relation who both depends upon and nurses a terrible grudge against the family of her beautiful cousin, Adeline. That family is slowly being ruined by the uncontrollable sexual appetites of Adeline's husband, Baron Hulot - appetites that will, in time, give Cousin Bette opportunity to exact her vengeance.

    Tambi says: "Narrator!"
  • Le père Goriot | Honoré de Balzac

    Le père Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Éric Herson-Macarel
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    Voici donc l'histoire de ce père Goriot, vermicellien ayant fait fortune et qui, tel l'Albatros de Baudelaire, se déchirera les entrailles pour élever ses enfants. Mais, malgré le titre du roman, en est-ce vraiment le héros où est-ce Eugène de Rastignac, jeune homme issu d'une noble mais pauvre famille, venu faire des études de droit à Paris et qui va essayer par tous les moyens de se hisser dans l'échelle sociale parisienne ?

  • La cousine Bette | Honoré de Balzac

    La cousine Bette

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Manon Combes
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    C'est le premier portrait de femme profondément destructrice, rancunière et laide que Balzac ait produit. Elle se voit apparentée à un animal malfaisant : "ses sourcils épais réunis par un bouquet, sa face longue et simiesque laissent deviner derrière la paysanne des Vosges un caractère de sauvage". Et c'est bien d'une sauvage dont il s'agit. La cousine est animée d'une rage et d'une passion impuissante. Telle une araignée tissant sa toile, elle gaspille une énergie folle à nuire sans recueillir les fruits de ses intrigues, pourtant patiemment élaborées.

  • Cousin Bette | Honore de Balzac,Sylvia Raphael (translator)

    Cousin Bette

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac, Sylvia Raphael (translator)
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    Honore de Balzac's classic book of revenge and passion in which the title character Bette plots the destruction of various men including her cousin-in-law, Baron Hector Hulot. Bette enlists the help of Valérie, an unhappily married young woman, to seduce Hulot, destroy his life, and take his family's fortune.

    W Perry Hall says: "Sweat Land of Libertine (Hell Hath No Fury....)"
  • Eugénie Grandet | Honoré de Balzac

    Eugénie Grandet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Jonathan Fried
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    Hailed as the father of the naturalist novel, French author and playwright Honoré de Balzac left a legacy of treasured literary works that include Père Goriot and Cousin Bette. The daughter of a wealthy but miserly man, Eugénie Grandet falls in love with her penniless cousin, Charles. The two plan to marry, but at the behest of her father, Charles must first go overseas to make his fortune. Returning years later, Charles calls off the engagement, leaving Eugénie heartbroken and vengeful.

    Tad Davis says: "Unpleasant people"
  • The Magic Skin | Honore de Balzac

    The Magic Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By John Bolen
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    "The possession of power, no matter how enormous, does not bring the knowledge how to use it." Raphael, a failed writer, deep in debt, and unrequited in love, is about to take a suicidal plunge into the Seine River. Just in time, he discovers the "Magic Skin" in an antiquity shop. Its supernatural powers grant every wish but it extracts a terrible toll! This parable depicts the malaise of 19th century France.

    Maria says: "poor reading"
  • Le Pere Goriot | Honore de Balzac

    Le Pere Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    At the shabby boarding house in the rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève, petty Madame Vauquer and her tenants wonder at the plight of the aging resident Goriot. Once a well-heeled merchant, Goriot was, at first, afforded special treatment from the Madame. But now something is clearly amiss in his financial affairs, and his increasingly tawdry appearance makes him a subject of ridicule in the household.

    beatrice says: "balzac rocks"
  • Pere Goriot | Honoré de Balzac

    Pere Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
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    One of the greatest of French novelists, Balzac, trained as a lawyer, was a great judge of human nature. In 1833 he conceived the idea of linking together his novels so that they would comprehend the whole society in a series of books. This plan eventually led to 90 novels and novellas (including more than 2,000 characters) that he called "The Human Comedy". Balzac's huge and ambitious plan drew a picture of the customs, atmosphere, and habits of the bourgeois France.

    Ted says: "Wonderful social novel"
  • Eugénie Grandet | Honoré de Balzac

    Eugénie Grandet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Françoise Gillard
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    Le père d'Eugénie Grandet a été tonnelier. Grâce à un sens aigu des affaires et une grande avarice, il a réussi à faire fortune en profitant des événements de cette époque instable. Autrefois maire de Saumur, il fait maintenant fructifier sa grande fortune tout en faisant croire à sa femme et à sa fille qu'ils ne sont pas bien riches. Les habitants de Saumur, plus au courant de la fortune du père Grandet, voient en sa fille Eugénie le plus beau parti de la ville et la courtisent donc ardemment.

  • La femme de trente ans | Honoré de Balzac

    La femme de trente ans

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Élodie Huber
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    "La femme de trente ans" évoque la condition féminine au travers du récit d'un mariage qui échoue. Julie de Chastillon est une jeune femme poussée trop vite dans le mariage et en quête permanente d'une rencontre amoureuse digne d'être vécue, elle devient adultère. Entre les déceptions dans l'intimité conjugale et le devoir de garder les apparences en société, Balzac nous fait le récit parfaitement réaliste d'une jeune femme "à qui le mariage ne [...] réussit point".

  • Utrachennye illuzii | Honoré de Balzac

    Utrachennye illuzii

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Vladimir Rybal'chenko
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    Tragicheskaya sud'ba talantlivogo, no sebyalyubivogo i slabovol'nogo molodogo cheloveka iz provincii, Shardona Lyus'ena, pytayushchegosya pokorit' Parizh, protivopostavlyaetsya skromnoy i chestnoy zhizni angulemskogo tipografa-izobretatelya, Davida Seshara, vynuzhdennogo otkazat'sya ot svoego dela iz-za dolgov i intrig. S besposhchadnym pravdopodobiem i glubokim znaniem chelovecheskogo serdca izobrazhaet Bal'zak nravy i obychai obshchestva, v kotorom bushuyut tri osnovnye strasti: oderzhimost' den'gami, stremlenie k vlasti i lyubov' vne braka.

  • La Piel de Zapa [The Spade Skin] | Honore de Balzac

    La Piel de Zapa [The Spade Skin]

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Laura Garcia
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    Un joven desilusionado de la vida recibe como regalo una piel de zapa, que le concedera todos sus deseos, pero cada vez que eso sucede, la piel se vuelve mas pequena y cuando ella desaparezca, el joven morira.

  • Sarrasine | Honoré de Balzac

    Sarrasine

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Anne-Sophie Robin
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    Deux récits enchâssés, au croisement du réalisme et du fantastique ; une nouvelle presque oubliée, que sa redécouverte classa parmi les plus grands textes de la littérature ; un jeu complexe d'imbrications entre sculpture, musique et littérature : Sarrasine est un des textes les plus séduisants de Balzac. Une jeune femme ne peut s'empêcher de remarquer le vieillard décharné, pareil à un spectre, qui hante un coin d'une brillante soirée parisienne.

  • Les Illusions perdues 1 | Honoré de Balzac

    Les Illusions perdues 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Pierre-François Garel
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    Inspiré à Balzac par son expérience dans l'imprimerie, Illusions perdues raconte l'échec de Lucien de Rubempré, jeune provincial épris de gloire littéraire. En contrepoint au parcours malheureux de ce "grand homme de province", alternativement héros et antihéros plein de faiblesses, l'histoire évoque les modèles de vertu que sont la famille de Lucien et le "Cénacle", cercle intellectuel de "vrais grands hommes".

  • An Episode of the Reign of Terror | Honoré de Balzac

    An Episode of the Reign of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) is arguably the greatest European novelist in terms of the range and power of his writing. Most of his short stories predate his long novels and are written in a different style. One of the earliest is An Episode of the Reign of Terror in which two nuns and a priest in hiding from the mob are visited by a stranger with a very peculiar request, and even odder motives behind it.

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