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  • Thérèse Raquin | Emile Zola

    Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
  • L'Œuvre | Émile Zola

    L'Œuvre

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Victor Vestia
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    Comme le confesse Émile Zola, critique d'art, ami d'enfance de Paul Cézanne, fervent défenseur de Manet, de Monet et des impressionnistes contre l'art académique,: " 'L'Œuvre' est un roman où mes souvenirs et mon cœur ont débordé". L'ouvrage suit une bande d'amis constituée autour d'un peintre et d'un écrivain. Ils fréquentent d'autres artistes, des sculpteurs, des architectes et des journalistes. L'auteur se met en scène dans le personnage de l'écrivain Pierre Sandoz, l'ami d'enfance de Claude Lantier, peintre génial mais maudit.

  • The Belly of Paris | Émile Zola,Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator)

    The Belly of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Émile Zola, Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator)
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Although it is little known in this country, The Belly of Paris is considered one of Émile Zola’s best novels. Set in the newly built food markets of Paris, it is a story of wealth and poverty set against a sumptuous banquet of food and commerce. Having just escaped from prison after being wrongfully accused, young Florent arrives at Paris’ food market, Les Halles, half starved, surrounded by all he can’t have, and indignant at his world, which he now knows to be unjust. He finds that the city’s working classes have been displaced to make way for bigger streets and bourgeois living quarters, so he settles in with his brother’s family.

  • Nana (Rougon-Macquart 9) | Émile Zola

    Nana (Rougon-Macquart 9)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Victor Vestia
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    Dans ce roman, on découvre une société dominée par le plaisir et l'argent, le milieu du théâtre parisien au 19ème siècle et de la prostitution, celui de l'aristocratie et de la grande bourgeoisie.À travers le personnage de Nana, jolie fille du ruisseau, prostituée et comédienne sans talent devenue célèbre courtisane, Zola décrit la déchéance d'une femme, et celle de la bonne société qui lui apporte ses amants, mais aussi la fin du Second Empire, qui se rue avec insouciance vers la guerre et la débâcle.

  • Au bonheur des dames (Rougon-Macquart 11) | Émile Zola

    Au bonheur des dames (Rougon-Macquart 11)

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Évelyne Lecucq
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    Octave Mouret, précurseur inspiré, bouleverse sa corporation comme Haussmann bouleverse la ville. Il parie tout sur les femmes, sur leurs envies et sur leur incapacité à surmonter les tentations.
    Une lui résiste : Denise, incarnation de la vertu et de la générosité. Elle devient une obsession pour cet ogre.

  • La curée (Rougon-Macquart 2) | Émile Zola

    La curée (Rougon-Macquart 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Pierre Prévost, Evelyne Lecucq
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    Le second empire vu sous l'angle des Rougon, archétypes de la bourgeoisie ambitieuse et parvenue.

  • Germinal | Émile Zola

    Germinal

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Leighton Pugh
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    Germinal is one of the most striking novels in the French tradition. Widely regarded as Zola's masterpiece, the novel describes the working conditions of French coalminers in the 1860s in harsh and realistic terms. It is visceral, graphic, and unrelenting. Its strong socialist principles and vivid accounts of the miners' strikes meant that the novel became a key symbol in the workers' fight against oppression, with chants of "Germinal! Germinal!" resonating high above the author's funeral.

    Katie Sullivan says: "well performed"
  • Le ventre de Paris (Rougon-Macquart 3) | Émile Zola

    Le ventre de Paris (Rougon-Macquart 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Marc-Henri Boisse
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    Sous le second empire, le bouleversement de Paris voit le quartier marchand se transformer avec l'apparition du projet Baltard...

  • The Ladies' Delight [Russian Edition] | Emile Zola

    The Ladies' Delight [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Veronika Oboyanka
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    Posle smerti otca Deniza Bodju s brat'jami, shestnadcatiletnim Zhanom i pjatiletnim Pepo, ostajotsja bez sredstv k sushhestvovaniju. Oni priezzhajut v Parizh k djade, torgovcu tkanej gospodinu Bodju, i Deniza, imeja opyt prodavshhicy, rasschityvaet na obeshhannuju ej pomoshh'. Ih vnimanie privlekaet ogromnyj i roskoshnyj magazin "Damskoe schast'e".

  • The Ladies' Delight (Classic Serial) | Emile Zola

    The Ladies' Delight (Classic Serial)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By David Hargreaves
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    By Emile Zola. Dramatised by Carine Adler. Business, ambition and fashion all collide in Zola's colourful love story. Set in the hustle and excitement of the expansion of one of Paris' first department stores. Episode 1: When innocent provincial girl Denise arrives in Paris, she quickly catches the eye of the notorious seducer of women, Octave Mouret. Despite her uncle's disapproval, Denise accepts a job at Mouret's ever expanding department store The Ladies' Delight.

    m says: "Amazing"
  • The Kill (La Curee) | Émile Zola

    The Kill (La Curee)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Cate Barratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Émile Zola's The Kill is one part of the French author's 20-volume series about the fictitious Rougon-Macquart family during the Second French Empire, and it is rich with symbolism. Paris is awakening to unprecedented expansion, the future intoxicating, and in keeping with its penchant for excess, the aristocracy is caught up in the mad dash to devour as much of it as it can.

  • The Ladies' Paradise | Emile Zola

    The Ladies' Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Lee Ann Howlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Country girl Denise Baudu arrives in Paris hoping for a position in her uncle's clothing shop. However, her uncle's shop, along with other small shops in the area, is doing poorly. This is due to the large store across the street - The Ladies' Paradise - which is swallowing up the small specialty stores by offering 'one-stop shopping' at discounted prices. 19th Century Paris is experiencing the dawn of the department store. Despite her loyalty to her uncle, Denise is drawn to the progressive Ladies' Paradise and it's owner, the driven but charismatic Monsieur Mouret.

    Gaele says: "rich and layered use of description"
  • Nana | Emile Zola

    Nana

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
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    Emile Zola, along with fellow novelists Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert, was an early realist in French literature. In novels such as Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Zola's Nana, sex and violence were examined with vivid clarity. These realists soon adopted the word naturalism to describe their writings.

    Robert W. says: "A classic"
  • Therese Raquin (Classic Serial) | Émile Zola,Diana Griffiths (dramatisation)

    Therese Raquin (Classic Serial)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Émile Zola, Diana Griffiths (dramatisation)
    • Narrated By Charlotte Riley, Full Cast
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    Two-part dramatisation by Diana Griffiths of the novel by Emile Zola, set in mid-19th century Paris. Therese is forced by her aunt to marry her sickly son, Camille. However, upon moving to Paris, she and her lover Laurent conspire to murder Camille so that they may love freely. Part 2: Therese and Laurent have murdered Camille and are free to marry. Their wedding night is not joyous - it is a night of terror, and each night is the same as they feel the ghost of Camille infiltrate their every thought and action.

  • Dobycha | Émile Zola

    Dobycha

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Inna Sytnik
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    Roman izobrazhaet odin god iz zhizni Vtoroy imperii: s oseni 1861 g. po osen' 1862 g. Po slovam pisatelya, on hotel uvekovechit' "zvon zolota, shurshanie millionov, shumnye orgii ploti", "vakhanaliyu deboshey", harakterizovavshie ehtu ehpohu. Ego geroy Aristid dvizhim vsepogloshchayushchey cel'yu - skolotit' sostoyanie, urvat' chast' ot obshchey dobychi; plany perestroyki Parizha otkryvayut shirokiy prostor dlya ego finansovyh mahinaciy. Istoriya lyubvi zheny Aristida Rene k pasynku predstavlena so svoystvennoy naturalisticheskomu metodu bespristrastnost'yu i tragicheskoy siloy.

  • Kar'era Rugonov | Émile Zola

    Kar'era Rugonov

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Alexey Diakov
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    Roman krupneyshego francuzskogo pisatelya-naturalista XIX v. Emilya Zolya "Kar'era Rugonov" (1871) otkryvaet dvadcatitomnuyu seriyu "Rugon-Makkary", predstavlyayushchuyu "estestvennuyu i social'nuyu istoriyu zhizni odnoy sem'i v ehpohu Vtoroy imperii". Eto svoeobraznyy prolog k grandioznoy ehpopee, v kotoroy posledovatel'no proslezhivaetsya razvitie harakternyh rodovyh osobennostey, peredayushchihsya po nasledstvu ot odnogo pokoleniya k drugomu i oopredelyayushchih, v sootvetstvii s principami naturalizma, povedenie personazhey v opredelennyh istoricheskoy situacii.

  • La bête humaine (Rougon-Macquart 17) | Émile Zola

    La bête humaine (Rougon-Macquart 17)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Éric Herson-Macarel
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    Des batignolles à Auteuil, un mécanicien de locomotive erre, le couteau à la main, hanté par une idée fixe : tuer une femme... Dans le train qui mène au Havre, un couple poignarde sauvagement un notable du régime impérial, avant de le jeter sur la voie. À la Croix-de-Maufras, lieu dit reculé, un garde-barrière empoisonne son épouse, dans l'espoir de mettre enfin la main sur son magot.

  • The Gin Palace | Emile Zola

    The Gin Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Abandoned by her lover and left to bring up their two children alone, Gervaise Macquart has to fight to earn an honest living. When she accepts the marriage proposal of Monsieur Coupeau, it seems as though she is on the path to a decent, respectable life at last. But with her husband's drinking and the unexpected appearance of a figure from her past, Gervaise's plans begin to unravel tragically.

    Elinor says: "Not the original version of Zola's book"
  • Money | Émile Zola,Valerie Minogue (translator)

    Money

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Émile Zola, Valerie Minogue (translator)
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Aristide Rougon, known as Saccard, is a failed property speculator determined to make his way once more in Paris. Unscrupulous, seductive, and with unbounded ambition, he schemes and manipulates his way to power. Financial undertakings in the Middle East lead to the establishment of a powerful new bank and speculation on the stock market; Saccard meanwhile conducts his love life as energetically as he does his business, and his empire is seemingly unstoppable.

    J. says: "A forgotten gem"
  • La Vérité en Marche : L'Affaire Dreyfus | Émile Zola

    La Vérité en Marche : L'Affaire Dreyfus

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Frédéric Founier
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    Ce recueil dresse la chronologie de l'Affaire et rappelle la férocité de cette lutte pour la vérité et la justice commencée le 25 novembre 1897 avec son premier article en faveur de Dreyfus, jusqu'à sa dernière lettre au président de la République le 22 décembre 1900. À cette date, Dreyfus n'a pas été réhabilité et Zola ne peut l'accepter.

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