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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 1,334
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

    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

    • Nana

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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

    • Germinal

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    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

    • Nana (Rougon-Macquart 9)

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Victor Vestia
    • Length: 16 hrs and 39 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

    • Money

    • By: Émile Zola, Valerie Minogue (translator)
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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

    • 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 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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

    • 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 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 47

    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

    • 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

    • 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 66
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 63

    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

    • 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

    • Au bonheur des dames

    • Rougon-Macquart 11
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Évelyne Lecucq
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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

    • L'Assommoir

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Philippe Lebeau
    • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    "L'Assommoir", septième volume de la série "Les Rougon-Macquart" publié en 1877, est considéré comme le plus grand roman d'Émile Zola. L'ouvrage est totalement consacré au monde ouvrier et, selon Zola, c'est "le premier roman sur le peuple, qui ne mente pas et qui ait l'odeur du peuple". L'écrivain y restitue la langue et les mœurs des ouvriers, tout en décrivant les ravages causés par la misère et l'alcoolisme. "L'Assommoir" raconte la grandeur puis la décadence de Gervaise Macquart, honnête blanchisseuse de la Goutte d'Or dans le Paris populaire de 1850.

    Regular price: $30.03

    • The Kill (La Curee)

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Cate Barratt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    Regular price: $7.13

    • Le rêve (Les Rougon-Macquart 16)

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Zelda Perez
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Dans son univers clos, Angélique, jeune orpheline recueillie par un couple de brodeurs, les Hubert, confond le rêve et la réalité et se passionne pour la vie des saints. Pour quelle raison les miracles de La Légende dorée ne se produiraient-ils plus ? Innocente dans sa conception de l'amour, elle ne rêve plus que de rencontrer l'image pure et idéale de celui qui l'aimera et qui se dévoilera à elle sans se présenter. Elle tombe éperdument amoureuse de Félicien, jeune ouvrier verrier.

    Regular price: $15.54

    • Therese Raquin

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Traci Svendsgaard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Thérèse Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband's earthy friend, Laurent. But their passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Kill the Sound Effects

    • By Nancy E. Teufel on 06-08-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • La curée

    • Rougon-Macquart 2
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Pierre Prévost, Evelyne Lecucq
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Le second empire vu sous l'angle des Rougon, archétypes de la bourgeoisie ambitieuse et parvenue.

    Regular price: $12.12

    • Pot-Bouille

    • Rougon-Macquart 10
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Marc-Henri Boisse
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      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

    • Le ventre de Paris

    • Rougon-Macquart 3
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Marc-Henri Boisse
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Sous le second empire, le bouleversement de Paris voit le quartier marchand se transformer avec l'apparition du projet Baltard...

    Regular price: $12.07

    • L'assommoir. Explication de texte

    • Collection Facile à Lire
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: René Bougival, Laurence Wajntreter, Philippe Carriou
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    "Facile à lire" est une collection de titres qui vous entraîne à la découverte des grandes œuvres classiques de la littérature française. Cet outil pédagogique est destiné à accompagner les lycéens dans leurs études. Plus généralement, elle s'adresse à tous les amoureux de la littérature qui souhaitent revisiter ou découvrir de façon ludique nos grands classiques.

    Regular price: $5.05

    • 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

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