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  • The Unknown Masterpiece | Honoré de Balzac

    The Unknown Masterpiece

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Katie Haigh
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    "The unknown masterpiece", or "Le chef-d'œuvre inconnu", is a story by the French author Honoré de Balzac. This short text was of tremendous importance in the world of art, for it holds a groundbreaking reflection about artistic creation: what does completion or failure mean, and how is it that technique does not guarantee either. Paul Cézanne famously said "I am Frenhofer", identifying with the old master around which the story revolves. Pablo Picasso himself was absolutely fascinated by the text, so much that he had his studio moved in the Parisian street named in the story; there, he painted his own masterpiece, Guernica.

  • Le Pere Goriot | Honoré de Balzac

    Le Pere Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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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.

  • 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"
  • 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.

  • 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 !"

  • 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"
  • 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"...

  • Der junge Staatsanwalt / Der verhexte Platz (Gruselschocker 3) | Honore de Balzac,Nicolai Gogol

    Der junge Staatsanwalt / Der verhexte Platz (Gruselschocker 3)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac, Nicolai Gogol
    • Narrated By Hans-Jürgen Stockerl, Walt Whister
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    Hören Sie die beiden Gruselschocker: Der junge Staatsanwalt und Der verhexte Platz...

  • César Birotteau | Honoré de Balzac

    César Birotteau

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Jean-Claude Dreyfus
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    Qui est César Birotteau ? Un "honnête" parfumeur, à la tête d'une entreprise familiale, qui entreprend sur le conseil d'un notaire véreux de développer son commerce. Survivra-t-il à sa chimère ? Cette chronique de la bourgeoisie conquérante, des malignités du commerce et de la finance, est ici magnifiquement rapportée par la voix modulée et truculente de Jean-Claude Dreyfus.

  • 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....)"
  • 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.

    Alain says: "Narrator!"
  • 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.

  • Le chef-d’œuvre inconnu / La messe de l'athée | Honoré de Balzac

    Le chef-d’œuvre inconnu / La messe de l'athée

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Michaël Lonsdale
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    "Le chef d'œuvre inconnu" a inspiré nombre de peintres, notamment Picasso, et de cinéastes ("La Belle Noiseuse" de Jacques Rivette - 1991). Ce "conte fantastique" à la manière d'Hoffmann est aussi une belle méditation sur la création, la recherche initiatique de l'absolu et le pouvoir de l'esprit dans le domaine de l'art.

  • 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 (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 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 ?

  • The Mysterious Mansion | Honore de Balzac

    The Mysterious Mansion

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
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    In this Poe-like tale, set in "an old gray house", a man exacts a bizarre revenge on his unfaithful wife and her lover. This chilling story is one of Balzac's most popular.

  • 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"
  • 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 !"

  • Le lys dans la vallée | Honoré de Balzac

    Le lys dans la vallée

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Philippe Lejour
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    Felix de Vandenesse, cadet rejeté d'une famille noble mais ruinée, tombe amoureux d'une femme magnifique, généreuse et honnête : la comtesse de Mortsauf. Mariée à un homme sombre, lunatique et mélancolique, mère de deux enfants dont l'aîné est gravement malade, elle trouve en Felix une échappatoire à ses ennuis familiaux et domestiques. Mais sa droiture l'oblige à un amour chaste et platonique. Elle se met en devoir de donner aides et conseils à son ami.

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