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  • 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 ?

  • Three Best French Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant, Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert | Guy der Maupassant,Gustave Flaubert,Honoré der Balzac

    Three Best French Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant, Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Guy der Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert, Honoré der Balzac
    • Narrated By Katie Haigh, Paul Edwards
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    Enjoy the short stories of three of the greatest writers of French literature, for the first time assembled together in audiobook and narrated in a lively way. Guy de Maupassant was an absolute master of the short story genre, delighting in clever plotting, concise style, and efficient storytelling, which he used to produce stunning pieces in a very condensed format. He produced more than 300 short stories; we selected for you nine of the most bizarre, influent, humorous or plain shocking.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eugenia Grandet [Eugenie Grandet] | Honore de Balzac

    Eugenia Grandet [Eugenie Grandet]

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Honorato de Balzac
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    Una de las novelas mas impresionantes de su ciclo "La comedia humana", y considerada por muchos como su obra maestra, en Eugenia Grandet, Balzac pinto un retrato inolvidable y elocuente de un avaro a quien nada le importa ni tiene escrupulo alguno con alguien, ni siquiera con su hija, con tal de aumentar sus riquezas.

    ATREYU says: "Mujer estúpida..."
  • Cousin Bette | Honore de Balzac

    Cousin Bette

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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!"
  • 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".

  • 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"
  • 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 | 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"
  • 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....)"
  • 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.

  • Les Illusions perdues 2 | Honoré de Balzac

    Les Illusions perdues 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 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".

  • 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 !"

  • 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"
  • 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.

  • Gambara | Honoré de Balzac

    Gambara

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Françoise Malettra
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    Roman de l'absolu dans l'art et dans l'amour, "Gambara" est une réflexion sur l'écart entre la théorie et la pratique, le savoir et l'inspiration, la femme idéale et la femme réelle. Balzac a écrit en 1839 l'histoire du Signore Paolo Gambara, musicien pauvre qui rêve de composer un opéra, "Mahomet", et ne parvient pas à l'écrire. Pas plus qu'il ne parvient à reconnaître chez sa propre femme les sentiments qu'il prête à l'épouse de son héros.

  • 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"
  • 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.

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