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    • Sarrasine

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Sean Murphy
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Abridged
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    "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.

    Regular price: $0.94

    • Le Pere Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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 Pere Goriot

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 132
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      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 92

    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

    • Le père Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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 ?

    Regular price: $15.10

    • Utrachennye illuzii

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Vladimir Rybal'chenko
    • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Tragicheskaya sud'ba talantlivogo, no sebyalyubivogo i slabovol'nogo molodogo cheloveka iz provincii, Shardona Lyus'ena, pytayushchegosya pokorit' Parizh, protivopostavlyaetsya skromnoy i chestnoy zhizni angulemskogo tipografa-izobretatelya, Davida Seshara, vynuzhdennogo otkazat'sya ot svoego dela iz-za dolgov i intrig. S besposhchadnym pravdopodobiem i glubokim znaniem chelovecheskogo serdca izobrazhaet Bal'zak nravy i obychai obshchestva, v kotorom bushuyut tri osnovnye strasti: oderzhimost' den'gami, stremlenie k vlasti i lyubov' vne braka.

    Regular price: $9.80

    • Old Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
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      4 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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

    • Cousin Bette

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    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

    • The Mysterious Mansion

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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 Unknown Masterpiece

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    "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

    • Le cousin Pons

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Jean-Benoît L'Héritier
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Ce roman fait partie des "Scènes de la vie parisienne" dans la section "Les Parents pauvres" tout comme "La Cousine Bette". Pons, musicien sans fortune, bon et naïf, est traité en parent pauvre par sa riche famille, les Camusot de Marville. Le jour où ils découvrent que la collection d'objets d'art qu'il a accumulée est d'une immense valeur, ils le dépouillent et le font mourir.

    Regular price: $19.76

    • The Black Sheep (Classic Serial)

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Whitehead
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Chris Dolan's dramatisation of Honore de Balzac's entertaining tale of family rivalry and fortunes lost and won, set in 19th-century France. Episode 1:After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Philippe Bridau becomes a reckless gambler who steals from his mother to finance his obsession. She foolishly continues to idolise him, and it is left to his more dependable brother Joseph to rescue the family from destitution. Episode 2: Philippe's gambling has left his family destitute and his political activities have landed him in jail.

    Regular price: $10.33

    • Otec Gorio

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Ivan Kalinin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    "Otec Gorio" (1834-1835), samyy znamenityy roman Bal'zaka, zanimayushchiy central'noe mesto v ego tvorchestve, razvorachivaet pered nami dramu otcovstva, istoriyu bespredel'noy otcovskoy lyubvi k ehgoistichnym i neblagodarnym docheryam. Ego nazyvayut francuzskim "Korolem Lirom". Napisannyy na edinom dyhanii za dvadcat' pyat' dney, po priznaniyu samogo avtora, ehtot roman s potryasayushchey siloy raskryvaet bezdny chelovecheskih strastey, porokov, prestupleniy, demonstriruet bezgranichnuyu vlast' deneg vo francuzskom obshchestve ehpohi Restavracii, hladnokrovnyy raschet i zhestokost', ne dayushchie probit'sya rostkam dobryh chuvstv.

    Regular price: $4.43

    • Eugenie Grandet

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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

    • Father Goriot

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    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 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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

    • 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

    • 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
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      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

    • L'auberge rouge

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Fabienne Prost
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Le banquier allemand Hermann, de passage à Paris, dîne en compagnie de la haute société. Il raconte à la fin du repas une étrange histoire qu'il a entendue lors de son emprisonnement à Andernach, au moment des guerres napoléoniennes.

    Regular price: $7.25

    • Classic French Dramas starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Morley, Volume 2

    • By: Theatre Royal, Honore de Balzac, Guy de Maupassant, and others
    • Narrated by: Laurence Olivier
    • Length: 58 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas from the literature of France. Here is the legendary Laurence Olivier starring in ‘Little Louise’, adapted from the original tale by Guy de Maupassant and Robert Morley starring in 'Doctor Knock' adapted from the original tale by Jules Romains.Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950's by the late Harry Alan Towers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A trio of nostalgic radio plays

    • By Zaubermond on 04-05-13

    Regular price: $4.12

    • Classic French Dramas Starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Morley, Volume 1

    • By: Theatre Royal, Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Laurence Olivier
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas from the literature of France. Here is the legendary Laurence Olivier starring in ‘The Purse’, adapted from the original tale by Honore de Balzac and Laurence Olivier starring in 'Zaramfeski's Duel' adapted from the original tale by Alexandre Dumas.Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950's by the late Harry Alan Towers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Remastered, but still needs a little work

    • By Zaubermond on 04-05-13

    Regular price: $5.33

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