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    • Thérèse Raquin

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,239

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • worth a listen

    • By Kindle Customer on 03-18-12

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Germinal

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • well performed

    • By Katie Sullivan on 10-12-15

    Regular price: $69.29

    • The Ladies' Paradise

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 67

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • rich and layered use of description

    • By Gaele on 04-15-14

    Regular price: $18.86

    • Nana

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Nana Coupeau is a beautiful woman, able to attract men of enormous wealth with the crook of her finger. Part-time prostitute, part-time actress, she makes her debut in a mediocre operetta The Blonde Venus at the bustling Paris World’s Fair of 1867. She can’t sing, act, or dance, yet she is stunning. Nana soon rockets through elite Parisian society, and, blinded by desire, men crawl to her feet, yielding to her every demand. Affections are manipulated, hearts are broken; fortunes are gutted and inheritances squandered. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful and devastating

    • By Tad Davis on 07-23-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Best French Short Stories

    • By: Guy de Maupassant, Victor Hugo, Anatole France, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    An enchanting collection of some of the greatest short stories ever written by notable French authors.

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Germinal

    • Rougon-Macquart 13
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Étienne Lantier, mécanicien au chômage, erre sur les routes du nord de la France. Au hasard d'une rencontre, frigorifié et mort de faim, il finit par trouver un emploi dans la mine du Voreux. Il découvre alors les conditions inhumaines du travail et la misère de la vie de mineur. Mais, les conditions économiques étant au plus bas, la Compagnie propriétaire du Voreux essaie de baisser encore leurs maigres salaires.

    Regular price: $20.81

    • Germinal

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    A father and three of his seven children work brutal hours in a mine, facing hazards such as landslides, fire, and poisoned air, to scrape together enough money for food. When their lodger, Étienne, shares ideas about a workers' revolt, the family gradually embraces his plans. Soon the settlement is aflame with resolve to strike for better wages and working conditions. Savage and horrifying events ensue as miners clash with management and with each other.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Welcome

    • By R D on 11-15-09

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Mysteries of Marseilles

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Chloe Boyle
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The elopement of Philippe Cayol, an aspiring liberal, poor and untitled with Blanche De Cazalis, niece of a powerful millionaire and politician sets the stage in this novel full of twists and turns with villains a plenty. Philippe's brother Marius strives to protect the two lovers from the De Cazalis' uncontrolled fury. Although written in his youth Zola's signature style, his indignation about injustice and his vivid characterization of the noble, the wealthy and common man is very evident in this non stop adventure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lengthy, multiple storys, imminently interesting!

    • By ShirleyC on 03-30-19

    Regular price: $0.94

    • The Belly of Paris

    • By: Émile Zola, Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator)
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 50

    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.

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Money

    • By: Émile Zola, Valerie Minogue (translator)
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A forgotten gem

    • By J. on 07-05-16

    Regular price: $29.95

    • La bête humaine

    • Rougon-Macquart 17
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $18.72

    • Nana

    • Rougon-Macquart 9
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Victor Vestia
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    Regular price: $26.76

    • The Kill (La Curee)

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Cate Barratt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mediocre Zola

    • By Nearleft on 02-19-19

    Regular price: $7.13

    • The Bright Side of Life

    • By: Emile Zola, Andrew Rothwell - translator
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Orphaned with a substantial inheritance at the age of 10, Pauline Quenu is taken from Paris to live with her relatives, Monsieur and Madame Chanteau and their son Lazare, in the village of Bonneville on the wild Normandy coast. Her presence enlivens the household and Pauline is the only one who can ease Chanteau's gout-ridden agony. Her love of life contrasts with the insularity and pessimism that infects the family, especially Lazare, for whom she develops a devoted passion. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another jewel from Zola

    • By Patricia Watson on 12-05-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Au bonheur des dames

    • Rougon-Macquart 11
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Évelyne Lecucq
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    Regular price: $12.12

    • Nana

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A classic

    • By Robert W. on 01-01-10

    Regular price: $48.30

    • L'Œuvre

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Victor Vestia
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $24.18

    • Pot-Bouille

    • Rougon-Macquart 10
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Marc-Henri Boisse
    • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Octave Mouret (le futur héros du "Bonheur des dames"), débarque à Paris et devient le nouveau locataire d'un immeuble bourgeois de six étages, situé rue de Choiseul. Il découvre rapidement que dans cette demeure en apparence de réputation irréprochable, les intrigues font partie de la vie courante des habitants. Derrière une belle façade se dissimule une cour intérieure d'où émanent des odeurs nauséabondes dues aux détritus des cuisines que les domestiques jettent par les fenêtres. Et par analogie, derrière cette respectable façade, existe un puant cloaque moral.

    Regular price: $24.46

    • La débâcle

    • Rougon-Macquart 19
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 20 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    À la suite de la mort de son épouse, Jean Macquart, désespéré, personnage principal de "La Terre", reprend du service dans l'armée. Incorporé dans le 106e de ligne, il y est caporal. Ses hommes le respectent. Lors de la guerre franco-prussienne de 1870, il ne peut qu'assister impuissant à l'effondrement de l'Empire et à la déroute de ses armées.

    Regular price: $26.68

    • The Ladies' Delight [Russian Edition]

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Veronika Oboyanka
    • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    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".

    Regular price: $3.50

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