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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.

  • 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
    • 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!"
  • 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"
  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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....)"
  • 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.

  • Classic French Dramas starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Morley, Volume 2 |  Theatre Royal,Honore de Balzac,Guy de Maupassant,Jules Romains

    Classic French Dramas starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Morley, Volume 2

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Theatre Royal, Honore de Balzac, Guy de Maupassant, and others
    • Narrated By Laurence Olivier
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    Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas from the literature of France. Here is the legendary Laurence Olivier starring in ‘Little Louise’, adapted from the original tale by Guy de Maupassant and Robert Morley starring in 'Doctor Knock' adapted from the original tale by Jules Romains.Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950's by the late Harry Alan Towers.

    Die Falknerin says: "A trio of nostalgic radio plays"
  • Classic French Dramas Starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Morley, Volume 1 |  Theatre Royal,Honore de Balzac

    Classic French Dramas Starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Morley, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (47 mins)
    • By Theatre Royal, Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Laurence Olivier
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    Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas from the literature of France. Here is the legendary Laurence Olivier starring in ‘The Purse’, adapted from the original tale by Honore de Balzac and Laurence Olivier starring in 'Zaramfeski's Duel' adapted from the original tale by Alexandre Dumas.Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950's by the late Harry Alan Towers.

    Die Falknerin says: "Remastered, but still needs a little work"
  • 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"...

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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".

  • 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".

  • La Prima Bette [Cousin Bette] | Honore de Balzac

    La Prima Bette [Cousin Bette]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Carlos J. Vega
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    La protagonista de la gran novela de Balzac, publicada en 1846, es Isabel Fischer, apodada la prima Bette, que es una solterona amargada y llena de envidia. Sus rencores se desatan contra todos quienes la rodean y los destruye sin escrupulos.

  • Verlorene Illusionen | Honoré de Balzac

    Verlorene Illusionen

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Christian Brückner
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    "Literaturbetrieb", "Urheberrecht", "Unterhaltung" kontra 'seriöse Literatur', dies sind nicht einfach die abgedroschenen Schlagworte von heute...

  • Le médecin de campagne | Honoré de Balzac

    Le médecin de campagne

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Pierre Aussedat
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    En 1829, par une jolie matinée de printemps, un homme âgé d'environ cinquante ans suivait à cheval un chemin montagneux qui mène à un gros bourg situé près de la Grande-Chartreuse. Cet homme, le commandant Genestas, en recherche un autre : Monsieur Benassis, médecin de campagne et maire de ce bourg. La rencontre a lieu, mais pourquoi le commandant se présente-t-il sous une fausse identité?

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