Remembrance of Things Past
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  • 1

    Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (85)

    Swann’s Way is the first of seven volumes in Remembrance of Things Past. It sets the scene with the narrator’s memories being famously provoked by the taste of that little cake, the madeleine, accompanied by a cup of lime-flowered tea. It is an unmatched portrait of fin-de-siècle France.

    Darwin8u says: "Not a book one reads but inhabits & floats through"
    Not a book one reads but inhabits & floats through

    For years, I have put off reading Proust mainly because the size of In Search of Lost Time/Remembrance of Things Past seemed intimidating. Now, having..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 24 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
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    Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Swann’s Way is the first and best-known part of Proust’s monumental work, Remembrance of Things Past. Often compared to a symphony, this complex masterpiece is ideally suited for audio. Listening lets you appreciate anew the incredible beauty of Proust’s language and the uniqueness of his style. The novel’s narrator, Marcel, finds the true meaning of experience in memories stimulated by some random object or event.

    Michael says: "Beautiful, BUT"
    Beautiful, BUT

    This is the first book of an extraordinary seven part novel. I listened to the samples of all the versions available on audible, and as soon as I hea..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 04 2013 by Michael (Walnut Creek, CA, United States)
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    Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Swann's Way is the first novel of Marcel Proust's seven-volume magnum opus In Search of Lost Time. After elaborate reminiscences about his childhood with relatives in rural Combray and in urban Paris, Proust's narrator recalls a story regarding Charles Swann, a major figure in his Combray childhood....

    Samuel Murray says: "Not the newer, far better translation"
    Not the newer, far better translation

    Because the Audible "release date" is 9-10, I thought this "new" recording must be the Lydia Davis translation. If you glance at the old Moncrief ver..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 02 2011 by Samuel Murray (Evanston, il United States)
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    Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    In this first part, Proust paints an unforgettable, scathing and, at times, comic portrait of French society at the close of the19th century, and reveals a profound vision of obsessive love.

    Maggie says: "EXCELLENT!"
    EXCELLENT!

    Proust's writing is perfect and John Rowe's delivery is perfect. settle into Swann's Way (Pt. 1 and Pt 2) as though you were settling into a huge comf..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 18 2010 by Maggie (Baton Rouge, LA, United States)
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    Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way, Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    A beautiful novel in itself Swann's Way is also the introduction to the seven-part work Remembrance of Things Past - one of the greatest works of fiction of the 20th century.

    Carol says: "Swann is Pathetic"
    Swann is Pathetic

    I'm still in the middle of the section often called "Swann in Love" and he's nearly insane. These days he would be called a stalker. This is painful..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 28 2011 by Carol (Oak Ridge, NJ, United States)
  • 2

    Within a Budding Grove: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust, C. K. Scott Moncrieff (translator)
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th century literature. Within a Budding Grove is the second of seven volumes. The young narrator, experiencing his youthful sexuality, falls under the spell of a group of adolescent girls, succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, and visits a brothel where he meets Rachel. His impressions of life are also stimulated by the painter, Elstir, and his encounter with another girl, Albertine.

    Darwin8u says: "One young nubile girl and then another ..."
    One young nubile girl and then another ...

    My first recommendation when reading Proust is the reader MUST make sure they have a reliable bookmark, because when (not if, but when) you lose your ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 28 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
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    Within a Budding Grove, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    In the second volume of Proust's great novel, the narrator emerges as an actor in the drama of his own life. Swann has now dwindled into a husband for his former mistress, Odette, and their daughter, Gilberte, becomes the adolescent narrator's playmate and tantalising love-object. We move from Paris to the seaside town of Balbec, from ritualised social performances to midsummer spontaneity, and from Gilberte to her successor Albertine.

    beatrice says: "insomniac's dream"
    insomniac's dream

    Proust writes marvelous stuff, but his interminable sentences can make his work difficult to read. Now, John Rowe to the rescue: he reads so sensitiv..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 04 2009 by beatrice (El Cerrito, CA, United States)
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    Within a Budding Grove, Part 2: Remembrance of Things Past

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    In the second volume of Proust’s great novel, the narrator emerges as an actor in the drama of his own life, and as an avid explorer of new worlds social, sexual and artistic... Swann has now dwindled into a husband for his former mistress Odette, and their daughter Gilberte becomes the adolescent narrator’s playmate and tantalising love-object. We move from Paris to the seaside town of Balbec, from ritualised social performances to midsummer spontaneity, and from Gilberte to her successor Albertine.

    Jlongtorso says: "A stunning piece of work."
    A stunning piece of work.

    On the top shelf.

    Reviewed on May 22 2014 by Jlongtorso (New England)
  • 3

    The Guermantes Way: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (40)

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. The Guermantes Way is the third of seven volumes. The narrator penetrates the inner sanctum of Paris high society and falls in love with the fascinating Duchesse de Guermantes. Proust describes vividly the struggles for political, social, and sexual supremacy played out beneath a veneer of elegant manners. He also finds himself pursued by the predatory Baron de Charlus.

    David E. Gregson says: "Makes a very big reading project a breeze!"
    Makes a very big reading project a breeze!

    This is the best of the series of seven books now known as Proust's "In Search of Lost Time." Unfortunately, only five of the seven volumes have beed ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 01 2012 by David E. Gregson (San Diego, CA USA)
  • 4

    Sodom and Gomorrah: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Accidentally witnessing an encounter between the Baron de Charlus and the tailor Jupien, the narrator’s eyes are opened to a world hidden from him until now; he suspects that Albertine is attracted to her own sex.

    Darwin8u says: "Looking back obliquely on Proust's fourth volume"
    Looking back obliquely on Proust's fourth volume

    Reviewing 'Sodom and Gomorrah' puts me in an awkward spot. What are the risks of looking back obliquely on Proust's fourth volume of 'In Search of Los..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 30 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 5

    The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason’s widely praised abridged version has rightly become an audiobook landmark and now, after numerous requests, he is recording the whole work unabridged which, when complete, will run for some 140 hours. The Captive is the fifth of seven volumes. The Narrator’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment. He suspects she may be attracted to her own sex.

    Hans G. Despain says: "Outstanding"
    Outstanding

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the two or three best books ever written. It is full of social, pyschological, socio-economic, quality life, and..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 08 2012 by Hans G. Despain (Longmeadow, MA)
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    The Fugitive: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason’s unabridged recording of the work runs to 150 hours. Marcel's obsessive feelings of possession for Albertine have forced her to flee. It comes as a terrible shock and is followed by further destabilizing news about other friends.

    Darwin8u says: "A River of Proustian Memory and Time"
    A River of Proustian Memory and Time

    I started listening to Proust and it feels again like I've submerged into a slow-moving prose river. The water is clean, with gradual bends, but somet..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 31 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
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    Time Regained: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Lost in the blacked-out streets of Paris during the First World War, Marcel stumbles into a brothel and accidentally witnesses a shocking scene involving the Baron de Charlus. Later, at a reception given by the Prince de Guermates, his meditations on the passage of time lead to his determination to embark on his life's work at last.

    Darwin8u says: "Full of emotional/intellectual/experiential joules"
    Full of emotional/intellectual/experiential joules

    Wow, Proust kills it with this last book in his masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. He pulls it all together. I loved Proust's reflections on literary..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 18 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)