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    • Le Pere Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Honoré de Balzac uses his classic style of detail to describe a most controversial setting in his novel Le Pere Goriot. The story takes place in Paris just after the fall of Napoleon in 1819. The story focuses on three characters, Rastignac, a student who wants to try and make it big in the capital, Vautrin, an interesting and funny character who is also quite mysterious, and the main character, Goriot, that carries a heavy burden that only a loving parent would endure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A minor masterpiece

    • By Indi Rock on 03-04-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Le père Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Voici donc l'histoire de ce père Goriot, vermicellien ayant fait fortune et qui, tel l'Albatros de Baudelaire, se déchirera les entrailles pour élever ses enfants. Mais, malgré le titre du roman, en est-ce vraiment le héros où est-ce Eugène de Rastignac, jeune homme issu d'une noble mais pauvre famille, venu faire des études de droit à Paris et qui va essayer par tous les moyens de se hisser dans l'échelle sociale parisienne ?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • comedienarfait pour une histoire sans interet

    • By Arthur MILCHIOR on 10-07-18

    Regular price: $15.10

    • Sarrasine

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Sean Murphy
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    "Sarrasine" is a novella written by Honoré de Balzac. It was published in 1830, and is part of his Human Comedy . Around midnight during a ball the narrator is sitting at a window, out of sight, admiring the garden. He overhears the conversations of passers-by regarding the origins of the wealth of the mansion's owner, Monsieur de Lanty.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to hear, hard to listen to.

    • By Marbeth Skwarczynski on 07-20-18

    Regular price: $0.94

    • Sarrasine [French Version]

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Anne-Sophie Robin
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Deux récits enchâssés, au croisement du réalisme et du fantastique ; une nouvelle presque oubliée, que sa redécouverte classa parmi les plus grands textes de la littérature ; un jeu complexe d'imbrications entre sculpture, musique et littérature : Sarrasine est un des textes les plus séduisants de Balzac. Une jeune femme ne peut s'empêcher de remarquer le vieillard décharné, pareil à un spectre, qui hante un coin d'une brillante soirée parisienne.

    Regular price: $7.25

    • 700 citations des grands écrivains français du XIXème siècle

    • By: Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Stendhal, and others
    • Narrated by: Nicolas Planchais, Élodie Huber
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Le XIXe siècle en France est un âge d'or littéraire, marqué par des courants très affirmés comme le romantisme, le réalisme, le naturalisme ou le symbolisme, et une évolution moderne de la poésie et du roman qui donna naissance à des chefs-d’œuvre en nombre inégalé. Cette collection de citations présente la pensée de sept figures incontournables du XIXe siècle sous forme concise et accessible.

    Regular price: $10.38

    • Father Goriot

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Impoverished young aristocrat Eugene de Rastignac is determined to climb the social ladder and impress himself on Parisian high society. While staying at the Maison Vauquer, a boarding house in Paris's rue Neuve-Sainte-Genevieve, he encounters Jean-Joachim Goriot, a retired vermicelli maker who has spent his entire fortune supporting his two daughters. The boarders strike up a friendship and Goriot learns of Rastignac's feelings for his daughter Delphine. He begins to see Rastignac as the ideal son-in-law, and the perfect substitute for Delphine's domineering husband. But Rastignac has other opportunities too....

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Cousin Bette

    • By: Honore de Balzac, Sylvia Raphael (translator)
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Honore de Balzac's classic book of revenge and passion in which the title character Bette plots the destruction of various men including her cousin-in-law, Baron Hector Hulot. Bette enlists the help of Valérie, an unhappily married young woman, to seduce Hulot, destroy his life, and take his family's fortune.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sweat Land of Libertine (Hell Hath No Fury....)

    • By W Perry Hall on 02-02-14

    Regular price: $34.99

    • La cousine Bette

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Manon Combes
    • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    C'est le premier portrait de femme profondément destructrice, rancunière et laide que Balzac ait produit. Elle se voit apparentée à un animal malfaisant : "ses sourcils épais réunis par un bouquet, sa face longue et simiesque laissent deviner derrière la paysanne des Vosges un caractère de sauvage". Et c'est bien d'une sauvage dont il s'agit. La cousine est animée d'une rage et d'une passion impuissante. Telle une araignée tissant sa toile, elle gaspille une énergie folle à nuire sans recueillir les fruits de ses intrigues, pourtant patiemment élaborées.

    Regular price: $17.12

    • Cousin Bette

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 77

    The Bette referred to in this magnificent novel's title is Lisbeth Fischer, an excruciatingly cunning poor relation who both depends upon and nurses a terrible grudge against the family of her beautiful cousin, Adeline. That family is slowly being ruined by the uncontrollable sexual appetites of Adeline's husband, Baron Hulot - appetites that will, in time, give Cousin Bette opportunity to exact her vengeance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator!

    • By Tambi on 12-03-06

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Eugénie Grandet

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Françoise Gillard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Le père d'Eugénie Grandet a été tonnelier. Grâce à un sens aigu des affaires et une grande avarice, il a réussi à faire fortune en profitant des événements de cette époque instable. Autrefois maire de Saumur, il fait maintenant fructifier sa grande fortune tout en faisant croire à sa femme et à sa fille qu'ils ne sont pas bien riches. Les habitants de Saumur, plus au courant de la fortune du père Grandet, voient en sa fille Eugénie le plus beau parti de la ville et la courtisent donc ardemment.

    Regular price: $19.76

    • Christ in Flanders

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Honore de Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He was a keen observer of detail and presented in his stories an unfiltered representation of society. He is known for his multi-faceted characters. Even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Christ In Flanders is a story of faith..and a miracle.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful story of faith

    • By Carolyn in Ben Lomond on 12-13-17

    Regular price: $1.37

    • The Magic Skin

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: John Bolen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    "The possession of power, no matter how enormous, does not bring the knowledge how to use it." Raphael, a failed writer, deep in debt, and unrequited in love, is about to take a suicidal plunge into the Seine River. Just in time, he discovers the "Magic Skin" in an antiquity shop. Its supernatural powers grant every wish but it extracts a terrible toll! This parable depicts the malaise of 19th century France.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • poor reading

    • By Maria on 02-04-04

    Regular price: $23.09

    • Old Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Balzac’s universally loved novel explores the great theme of money and its effect on the human character. Old Goriot is a lodger at Madame Vauquer’s Parisian boarding house. At first, his wealth inspires respect, but as his circumstances are reduced, he is gradually shunned. He moves into smaller and less desirable rooms in the house, and soon his only remaining visitors are two beautiful young women. The mystery as to who they are and what is happening to Goriot’s fortune involves several other boarders, including Rastignac, an ambitious youth who hopes to rise in society.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic novel, classically done

    • By Eileen on 06-13-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Unknown Masterpiece

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    "The unknown masterpiece", or "Le chef-d'œuvre inconnu", is a story by the French author Honoré de Balzac. This short text was of tremendous importance in the world of art, for it holds a groundbreaking reflection about artistic creation: what does completion or failure mean, and how is it that technique does not guarantee either. Paul Cézanne famously said "I am Frenhofer", identifying with the old master around which the story revolves. Pablo Picasso himself was absolutely fascinated by the text, so much that he had his studio moved in the Parisian street named in the story; there, he painted his own masterpiece, Guernica.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • overpriced but an excellent book

    • By butt on 02-01-18

    Regular price: $8.03

    • Eugenia Grandet

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Silvia Cecchini
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Eugenia Grandet fu pubblicato nel 1833, e tradotto in italiano da Grazia Deledda. Il personaggio di papà Grandet è l’archetipo dell’avaro, e la figlia, Eugenia, cresciuta sotto il suo regime monastico, riscatta la sua eredità genetica diventando un fiore purissimo e immacolato nel cuore della provincia Francese, forse proprio perché lontana dall’influenza della “morale parigina”. Un capolavoro della letteratura del maestro della letteratura francese del 1800. Cornice musicale di Fryderyk Chopin.

    Regular price: $4.05

    • Le Pere Goriot

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 93

    At the shabby boarding house in the rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève, petty Madame Vauquer and her tenants wonder at the plight of the aging resident Goriot. Once a well-heeled merchant, Goriot was, at first, afforded special treatment from the Madame. But now something is clearly amiss in his financial affairs, and his increasingly tawdry appearance makes him a subject of ridicule in the household.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • balzac rocks

    • By beatrice on 03-12-10

    Regular price: $34.97

    • Eugenie Grandet

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    At the beginning of the story the heroine lives an unfulfilled life in rural France, her nature crushed by a domineering and miserly father. Gallant cousin Charles arrives and acts as a catalyst on Eugénie's personality and emotions. Will her love survive the strong self-opinion of the young man and the selfishness of her father or is Eugénie's reward destined to be in heaven?

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Eugenia Grandet [Eugenie Grandet]

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Honorato de Balzac
    • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Una de las novelas mas impresionantes de su ciclo "La comedia humana", y considerada por muchos como su obra maestra, en Eugenia Grandet, Balzac pinto un retrato inolvidable y elocuente de un avaro a quien nada le importa ni tiene escrupulo alguno con alguien, ni siquiera con su hija, con tal de aumentar sus riquezas.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mujer estúpida...

    • By ATREYU on 04-11-17

    Regular price: $11.90

    • The Elixir of Life

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 53 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

    The spoiled son of a Spanish nobleman, Don Juan Belvidero cannot wait for the moment to claim the family wealth and title for himself. His father calls to his death-bed to inform him that he is in possession of a magic, death-defying potion. If the son will only rub the liquid on his dead body, the father will come back to life. Don Juan assures his father that he will resurrect him, but will he keep his promise or betray the old man?

    Regular price: $4.40

    • La Prima Bette [Cousin Bette]

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Carlos J. Vega
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    La protagonista de la gran novela de Balzac, publicada en 1846, es Isabel Fischer, apodada la prima Bette, que es una solterona amargada y llena de envidia. Sus rencores se desatan contra todos quienes la rodean y los destruye sin escrupulos.

    Regular price: $11.90

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