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  • Justine: The Alexandria Quartet | Lawrence Durrell

    Justine: The Alexandria Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

    Alain says: "Ruined..."
  • Clea: The Alexandria Quartet | Lawrence Durrell

    Clea: The Alexandria Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    In the final volume of the Alexandria Quartet, Darley returns to an Alexandria now caught by war fever. The conflagration has its effect on his circle - on Nessim and Justine, Balthazar and Clea, Mountolive and Pombal.

  • Balthazar: The Alexandria Quartet | Lawrence Durrell

    Balthazar: The Alexandria Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In Balthazar, the second volume in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, the story and the characters come more clearly into focus. Darley, the reflective Englishman, receives from Balthazar, the pathologist, a mass of notes which attempt to explain what really happened between the tempestuous Justine, her husband Nessim, Clea the artist, and Pursewarden the writer.

    Daniel says: "transcendent prose, maturing plot and characters"
  • Mountolive: The Alexandria Quartet | Lawrence Durrell

    Mountolive: The Alexandria Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Beginning with the affair of a young David Mountolive with the mother of Nessim and Narouz, this novel recounts his development and career as a diplomat, and finally places the materials previously seen in Justine and Balthazar in a different context.

  • Justine: The Alexandria Quartet | Lawrence Durrell

    Justine: The Alexandria Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (77)

    Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

    Judith says: "Durrell and Alexandria"
  • Justine | Lawrence Durrell

    Justine

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Justine is the first volume in The Alexandria Quartet, four interlinked novels set in the sensuous, hot environment of Alexandria just before the Second World War. Within this polyglot setting of richly idiosyncratic characters is Justine, wild and intense, wife to the wealthy business man Nessim, a mari complaisant.

    Lawrence says: "A Crime to Abridge"
  • Bitter Lemons of Cyprus | Lawrence Durrell

    Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Lawrence Durrell's evocative memoir of living in Cyprus, just before the Greek/Turkish partition. This is a touching and atmospheric account of a place, now changed, where the two races lived side by side.

    Peggyo says: "Interesting listening"
  • Pope Joan | Lawrence Durrell

    Pope Joan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Pope Joan traces the remarkable history of a young woman who, according to tradition, travelled across Europe in the ninth century disguised as a monk, acquired great learning and ruled over Christendom for two years as Pope John VIII before dying in childbirth. On the books first publication in Athens in 1886, it created a sensation; it was banned and its author excommunicated. The work became nevertheless soon established itself securely in Greek literature.

  • Clea | Lawrence Durrell

    Clea

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In Clea, the concluding part of The Alexandria Quartet, Darley returns to Alexandria now caught by war-fever. The conflagration has its effect on his circle - on Nessim and Justine, Balthazar and Clea, Mountolive and Pombal - but a clarity of purpose emerges as the story moves toward its cadence.

  • Balthazar | Lawrence Durrell

    Balthazar

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this second volume in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, Darley, the reflective Englishman, receives from Balthazar, the pathologist, a mass of notes which attempts to explain what really happened between the tempestuous Justine, her husband Nessim, Clea the artist, and Pursewarden the writer.

    mtparis says: "balthazar"
  • Mountolive | Lawrence Durrell

    Mountolive

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    In Mountolive, the third volume in Durrell's The Alexandria Quartet, the events surrounding the interwoven community of Nessim, Justine, Narouz, Pursewarden, and the other major characters are given a very different perspective. The intrigues and complex relationships are seen through the political prism of a world plunging toward war.

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