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    • Cousin Bette

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 69

    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 père Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    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

    • 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 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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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

    • 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 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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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

    • 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
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      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

    • Le Pere Goriot

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 87

    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 chef-d'œuvre inconnu

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Nicolas Planchais
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    "Le chef-d'œuvre inconnu" est une nouvelle d'Honoré de Balzac de 1831. Ce texte, à la fois fantastique et philosophique, est une véritable réflexion sur l'art.

    Regular price: $6.18

    • 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
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      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: $12.91

    • Eugénie Grandet

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Françoise Gillard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 4 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: $19.82

    • La peau de chagrin

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roland
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Dans "La Peau de chagrin", un de ses premiers romans à coloration fantastique, Balzac nous dévoile le mythe sans doute le plus central dans "La Comédie Humaine"...

    Regular price: $15.05

    • 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
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      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

    • Eugénie Grandet

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Fried
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Hailed as the father of the naturalist novel, French author and playwright Honoré de Balzac left a legacy of treasured literary works that include Père Goriot and Cousin Bette. The daughter of a wealthy but miserly man, Eugénie Grandet falls in love with her penniless cousin, Charles. The two plan to marry, but at the behest of her father, Charles must first go overseas to make his fortune. Returning years later, Charles calls off the engagement, leaving Eugénie heartbroken and vengeful.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unpleasant people

    • By Tad Davis on 06-08-14

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Sarrasine

    • 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

    • The Unknown Masterpiece

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    "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 père Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Michel Vuillermoz
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Rastignac, resté seul, fit quelques pas vers le haut du cimetière et vit Paris tortueusement couché le long des deux rives de la Seine où commençaient à briller les lumières. Ses yeux s'attachèrent presque avidement entre la colonne Vendôme et le dôme des Invalides, là où vivait ce beau monde dans lequel il avait voulu pénétrer. Il lança sur cette ruche bourdonnante un regard qui semblait par avance pomper le miel, et dit ces mots grandioses : "À nous deux maintenant !"

    Regular price: $21.15

    • 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 Die Falknerin on 04-05-13

    Regular price: $5.33

    • Les Illusions perdues 2

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Pierre-François Garel
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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 lys dans la vallée

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Philippe Lejour
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 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

    Felix de Vandenesse, cadet rejeté d'une famille noble mais ruinée, tombe amoureux d'une femme magnifique, généreuse et honnête : la comtesse de Mortsauf. Mariée à un homme sombre, lunatique et mélancolique, mère de deux enfants dont l'aîné est gravement malade, elle trouve en Felix une échappatoire à ses ennuis familiaux et domestiques. Mais sa droiture l'oblige à un amour chaste et platonique. Elle se met en devoir de donner aides et conseils à son ami.

    Regular price: $15.10

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