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    • Father Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Sean Murphy
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Father Goriot" is the tragic story of a father whose obsessive love for his two daughters leads to his financial and personal ruin. Interwoven with this theme is that of the impoverished young aristocrat, Rastignac, come to Paris from the provinces to make his fortune, who befriends Goriot and becomes involved with the daughters. The story is set against the background of a whole society driven by social ambition and lust for money.

    Regular price: $0.94

    • Sarrasine

    • By: Honoré De Balzac
    • Narrated by: John Lang
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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    "Sarrasine" (1830) is a novella by Honoré de Balzac, part of his Comédie Humaine. The stage is set around midnight during a ball, the narrator is sitting at a window. There is an unknown old man around the house, whom the family was oddly devoted to, and who frightened and intrigued the partygoers. When the man sits next to the narrator's guest, Beatrix Rochefide, she touches him, and the narrator rushes her out of the room. The narrator knows who the man is and says he will tell her his story the next evening.

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    • Le Père Goriot

    • La Comédie Humaine
    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Bruno Bardin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Le Père Goriot" est un roman d'Honoré de Balzac, écrit en 1834, dont la publication débute dans la Revue de Paris et qui paraît en 1835 en librairie. Il fait partie des Scènes de la vie privée de la Comédie humaine. Le Père Goriot établit les bases de ce qui deviendra un véritable édifice : la Comédie humaine, construction littéraire unique en son genre, avec des liens entre les volumes, des passerelles, des renvois.

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    • Le Pere Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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

    • The Conscript

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 36 mins
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    "The Conscript" is one of the stories from the great collection making up "The Human Comedy"; it captures the human cost of revolution in a terribly touching way. Madame de Dey is a noble, rich widow whose son, an officer in the dragoons, has chosen to follow the princes into exile. She remains behind in a precarious position to look after his fortune. She is now awaiting her son's arrival in disguise.

    Regular price: $4.40

    • Cousin Bette

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 151
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    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

    • Cousin Bette

    • By: Honore de Balzac, Sylvia Raphael (translator)
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 27
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    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

    • Le père Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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      5 out of 5 stars 20
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    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

    • Le Pere Goriot

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 137
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      4 out of 5 stars 95

    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

    • The Purse

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Laurence Olivier
    • Length: 26 mins
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    First published in 1832, Honore de Balzac's The Purse is a charming account of artistic life in contemporary Paris. Laurence Olivier plays the young painter, Hippolyte Schinner, who falls from a step-ladder in his studio. The sound of his accident brings the beautiful Adelaide Leseigneur into his life.

    Regular price: $2.95

    • The Elixir of Life

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

    • Eugénie Grandet

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Françoise Gillard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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    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

    • Pere Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Walter Covell
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 101
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    One of the greatest of French novelists, Balzac, trained as a lawyer, was a great judge of human nature. In 1833 he conceived the idea of linking together his novels so that they would comprehend the whole society in a series of books. This plan eventually led to 90 novels and novellas (including more than 2,000 characters) that he called "The Human Comedy". Balzac's huge and ambitious plan drew a picture of the customs, atmosphere, and habits of the bourgeois France.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful social novel

    • By Ted on 08-09-04

    Regular price: $38.95

    • The Unknown Masterpiece

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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    "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

    • The Mysterious Mansion

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    In this Poe-like tale, set in "an old gray house", a man exacts a bizarre revenge on his unfaithful wife and her lover. This chilling story is one of Balzac's most popular.

    Regular price: $2.95

    • The Weird Circle

    • Declared Insane (Dramatized)
    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Length: 25 mins
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    The Weird Circle, featuring tales of terror and horror, aired from 1943-1947, mainly on the Mutual radio network. This episode was originally broadcast on September 26, 1943.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A bit simplistic

    • By PDLanser on 07-04-15

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    • Eugénie Grandet

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Elisabeth Trissenaar
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
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    Die Familie Grandet lebt in Saumur an der Loire in Frankreich. Grandet, ein alter Böttchermeister, ist durch Spekulationen und Geiz sehr reich geworden...

    Regular price: $12.79

    • The Magic Skin

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: John Bolen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "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
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
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    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

    • Christ in Flanders

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    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

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