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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

    • Le père Goriot

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

    • 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 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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

    • Sarrasine

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

    • Cousin Bette

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 150
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
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      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

    • 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 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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

    • 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
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      4 out of 5 stars 22
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      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 femme de trente ans

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Élodie Huber
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    "La femme de trente ans" évoque la condition féminine au travers du récit d'un mariage qui échoue. Julie de Chastillon est une jeune femme poussée trop vite dans le mariage et en quête permanente d'une rencontre amoureuse digne d'être vécue, elle devient adultère. Entre les déceptions dans l'intimité conjugale et le devoir de garder les apparences en société, Balzac nous fait le récit parfaitement réaliste d'une jeune femme "à qui le mariage ne [...] réussit point".

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • My Last Balzac

    • By be on 07-06-18

    Regular price: $17.68

    • Stracone zludzenia / Wielki czlowiek z prowincji w Paryzu

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Michal Breitenwald
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Wchodzaca w sklad monumentalnego cyklu "Komedia ludzka" powiesc o mlodym poecie z prowincji, który przybywa do Paryza i od wewnatrz poznaje srodowisko literatów i dziennikarzy. Okazuje sie, ze w tym bezwzglednym swiatku cynizm, interesownosc i smak wladzy nad konsumentami sztuki to najwyzsze wartosci. Z poczatku pelen wiary w moc pióra Lucjan Chardon de Rubempré stopniowo traci zludzenia i sam ulega obowiazujacym tutaj regulom.

    Regular price: $5.50

    • Stracone złudzenia / Dwaj poeci

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Michal Breitenwald
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Wchodzaca w sklad monumentalnego cyklu "Komedia ludzka" powiesc o mlodym poecie z prowincji, który przybywa do Paryza i od wewnatrz poznaje srodowisko literatów i dziennikarzy. Okazuje sie, ze w tym bezwzglednym swiatku cynizm, interesownosc i smak wladzy nad konsumentami sztuki to najwyzsze wartosci. Z poczatku pelen wiary w moc pióra Lucjan Chardon de Rubempré stopniowo traci zludzenia i sam ulega obowiazujacym tutaj regulom. Ostatnia ostoja uczciwosci jest jego przyjaciel prowadzacy drukarnie w rodzinnym Angoulême.

    Regular price: $4.58

    • Le Pere Goriot

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 135
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      4 out of 5 stars 97
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      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

    • Father Goriot

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

    • Les Illusions perdues 1

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Pierre-François Garel
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Inspiré à Balzac par son expérience dans l'imprimerie, Illusions perdues raconte l'échec de Lucien de Rubempré, jeune provincial épris de gloire littéraire. En contrepoint au parcours malheureux de ce "grand homme de province", alternativement héros et antihéros plein de faiblesses, l'histoire évoque les modèles de vertu que sont la famille de Lucien et le "Cénacle", cercle intellectuel de "vrais grands hommes".

    Regular price: $20.14

    • 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.

    Regular price: $0.94

    • Pere Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Walter Covell
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 101
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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

    • Three Best French Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant, Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert

    • By: Guy der Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert, Honoré der Balzac
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh, Paul Edwards
    • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Enjoy the short stories of three of the greatest writers of French literature, for the first time assembled together in audiobook and narrated in a lively way. Guy de Maupassant was an absolute master of the short story genre, delighting in clever plotting, concise style, and efficient storytelling, which he used to produce stunning pieces in a very condensed format. He produced more than 300 short stories; we selected for you nine of the most bizarre, influent, humorous or plain shocking.

    Regular price: $13.51

    • Papa Goriot [Father Goriot]

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Guillermo Piedrahita
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
    • Abridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Un padre despreciado por las hijas que ama. El hecho de que el inquilino en la casa de huespedes de Vauquer, Goriot tenga todo el aspecto de un hombre pobre y abandonado por la fortuna no le impide alardear de que sus dos hijas son, respectivamente una duquesa y una baronesa. El padre las ama, pero las hijas que han subido de posicion social lo ignoran y hasta lo desprecian.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Triste historia...

    • By ATREYU on 04-11-17

    Regular price: $11.90

    • 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

    • 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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      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      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
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      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

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