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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.

  • 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 ?

  • Papa Goriot [Father Goriot] | Honore de Balzac

    Papa Goriot [Father Goriot]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Guillermo Piedrahita
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    Un padre despreciado por las hijas que ama. El hecho de que el inquilino en la casa de huespedes de Vauquer, Goriot tenga todo el aspecto de un hombre pobre y abandonado por la fortuna no le impide alardear de que sus dos hijas son, respectivamente una duquesa y una baronesa. El padre las ama, pero las hijas que han subido de posicion social lo ignoran y hasta lo desprecian.

  • Le père Goriot | Honoré de Balzac

    Le père Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Michel Vuillermoz
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    Rastignac, resté seul, fit quelques pas vers le haut du cimetière et vit Paris tortueusement couché le long des deux rives de la Seine où commençaient à briller les lumières. Ses yeux s'attachèrent presque avidement entre la colonne Vendôme et le dôme des Invalides, là où vivait ce beau monde dans lequel il avait voulu pénétrer. Il lança sur cette ruche bourdonnante un regard qui semblait par avance pomper le miel, et dit ces mots grandioses : "À nous deux maintenant !"

  • Christ in Flanders | Honore de Balzac

    Christ in Flanders

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
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    Honore de Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He was a keen observer of detail and presented in his stories an unfiltered representation of society. He is known for his multi-faceted characters. Even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Christ In Flanders is a story of faith..and a miracle.

    Michael says: "Too Predictable and Dry Narration"
  • The Purse | Honore de Balzac

    The Purse

    • ORIGINAL (26 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Laurence Olivier
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    First published in 1832, Honore de Balzac's The Purse is a charming account of artistic life in contemporary Paris. Laurence Olivier plays the young painter, Hippolyte Schinner, who falls from a step-ladder in his studio. The sound of his accident brings the beautiful Adelaide Leseigneur into his life.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Le père Goriot | Honoré de Balzac

    Le père Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Renaud Duhesdin
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    Rastignac est un jeune homme de petite noblesse. Il vient à Paris espérant y rencontrer la fortune. Mais il n'a ni l'argent, ni la connaissance de la société parisienne nécessaire. Une de ses cousines lointaines, Madame de Beauséant, une des dernières grandes dames, le prend sous son aile pour l'aider à appréhender ce monde qu'il ne connait pas. Grâce aux femmes, il va apprendre les mœurs de cette société pervertie et en s'adaptant parviendra à en gravir les échelons.

  • 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....)"
  • Otec Gorio | Honoré de Balzac

    Otec Gorio

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Ivan Kalinin
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    "Otec Gorio" (1834-1835), samyy znamenityy roman Bal'zaka, zanimayushchiy central'noe mesto v ego tvorchestve, razvorachivaet pered nami dramu otcovstva, istoriyu bespredel'noy otcovskoy lyubvi k ehgoistichnym i neblagodarnym docheryam. Ego nazyvayut francuzskim "Korolem Lirom". Napisannyy na edinom dyhanii za dvadcat' pyat' dney, po priznaniyu samogo avtora, ehtot roman s potryasayushchey siloy raskryvaet bezdny chelovecheskih strastey, porokov, prestupleniy, demonstriruet bezgranichnuyu vlast' deneg vo francuzskom obshchestve ehpohi Restavracii, hladnokrovnyy raschet i zhestokost', ne dayushchie probit'sya rostkam dobryh chuvstv.

  • 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"
  • La peau de chagrin | Honoré de Balzac

    La peau de chagrin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Jacques Roland
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    Dans "La Peau de chagrin", un de ses premiers romans à coloration fantastique, Balzac nous dévoile le mythe sans doute le plus central dans "La Comédie Humaine"...

  • Le cousin Pons | Honoré de Balzac

    Le cousin Pons

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Jean-Benoît L'Héritier
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    Ce roman fait partie des "Scènes de la vie parisienne" dans la section "Les Parents pauvres" tout comme "La Cousine Bette". Pons, musicien sans fortune, bon et naïf, est traité en parent pauvre par sa riche famille, les Camusot de Marville. Le jour où ils découvrent que la collection d'objets d'art qu'il a accumulée est d'une immense valeur, ils le dépouillent et le font mourir.

  • César Birotteau | Honoré de Balzac

    César Birotteau

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Marc-Henri Boisse
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    "La Spéculation, dit le parfumeur, quel est ce commerce ? C'est le commerce abstrait, reprit Claparon, un commerce qui restera secret pendant une dizaine d'années encore, au dire du grand Nucingen, le Napoléon de la finance, et par lequel un homme embrasse les totalités des chiffres, écrème les revenus avant qu'ils n'existent, une conception gigantesque, une façon de mettre l'espérance en coupes réglées, enfin une nouvelle Cabale !"

  • 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"
  • 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.

  • 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.

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