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Honore de Balzac

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  • Le Pere Goriot | Honoré de Balzac

    Le Pere Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By David McCallion
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

  • Old Goriot | Honoré de Balzac

    Old Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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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.

    Eileen says: "Classic novel, classically done"
  • Die Klassiker-Hörbibliothek (Silber-Edition): Meisterwerke der Weltliteratur | Honoré de Balzac,Fjodor Michailowitsch Dostojewski,Theodor Fontane

    Die Klassiker-Hörbibliothek (Silber-Edition): Meisterwerke der Weltliteratur

    • ABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac, Fjodor Michailowitsch Dostojewski, Theodor Fontane
    • Narrated By Wilhelm Götze, Rolf Günther, Klaus-Dieter König
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    Von Balzac über Dostojewskij bis zu Poe. Diese Box hat sie alle! Wer sich dieses Hörbuch, gele­sen von exzellenten Sprechern, gönnt, braucht erst einmal kein Buch mehr in die Hand zu nehmen. Ausgewählte Klassiker ganz geballt. Nach dem Hören können Sie mitre­den!

  • Cousin Bette | Honore de Balzac

    Cousin Bette

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
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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.

    Tambi says: "Narrator!"
  • The Unknown Masterpiece | Honoré de Balzac

    The Unknown Masterpiece

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Katie Haigh
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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.

  • Le chef-d'œuvre inconnu | Honoré de Balzac

    Le chef-d'œuvre inconnu

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Nicolas Planchais
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    "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.

  • Le père Goriot | Honoré de Balzac

    Le père Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Éric Herson-Macarel
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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 ?

  • Utrachennye illuzii | Honoré de Balzac

    Utrachennye illuzii

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Vladimir Rybal'chenko
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    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.

  • 高老头 - 高老頭 [Père Goriot] | Honoré De Balzac

    高老头 - 高老頭 [Père Goriot]

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Honoré De Balzac
    • Narrated By 雅韵飞 - 雅韻飛 - Yayunfei
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    主人公高老头是法国大革命时期起家的面粉商人,中年丧妻,把自己所有的爱都倾注在两个女儿身上,可他的两个女儿生活放荡、挥金如土,他的爱轻而易举就被金钱至上的原则战胜了…… 主人公高老頭是法國大革命時期起家的麵粉商人,中年喪妻,把自己所有的愛都傾注在兩個女兒身上,可他的兩個女兒生活放蕩、揮金如土,他的愛輕而易舉就被金錢至上的原則戰勝了……

  • César Birotteau | Honoré de Balzac

    César Birotteau

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Marc-Henri Boisse
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    "La Spéculation, dit le parfumeur, quel est ce commerce ? C'est le commerce abstrait, reprit Claparon, un commerce qui restera secret pendant une dizaine d'années encore, au dire du grand Nucingen, le Napoléon de la finance, et par lequel un homme embrasse les totalités des chiffres, écrème les revenus avant qu'ils n'existent, une conception gigantesque, une façon de mettre l'espérance en coupes réglées, enfin une nouvelle Cabale !"

  • Le Pere Goriot | Honore de Balzac

    Le Pere Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    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.

    beatrice says: "balzac rocks"
  • Cousin Bette | Honore de Balzac,Sylvia Raphael (translator)

    Cousin Bette

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac, Sylvia Raphael (translator)
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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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.

    W Perry Hall says: "Sweat Land of Libertine (Hell Hath No Fury....)"
  • Les chouans | Honoré de Balzac

    Les chouans

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Alain Lawrence
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    En 1799, sous la Révolution française, des paysans bretons s'arment pour le retour du roi et contre la troupe républicaine du commandant Hulot. Une aristocrate, Marie de Verneuil, est envoyée par Joseph Fouché pour séduire et capturer leur chef, le Marquis de Montauran, dit le Gars. Elle doit être aidée par un policier habile, ambitieux et peu scrupuleux, Corentin. Cependant, elle tombe amoureuse de sa cible.

  • Pere Goriot | Honoré de Balzac

    Pere Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
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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.

    Ted says: "Wonderful social novel"
  • The Mysterious Mansion | Honore de Balzac

    The Mysterious Mansion

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
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    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.

  • Stracone złudzenia / Dwaj poeci | Honoré de Balzac

    Stracone złudzenia / Dwaj poeci

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Michal Breitenwald
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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.

  • Stracone zludzenia / Wielki czlowiek z prowincji w Paryzu | Honoré de Balzac

    Stracone zludzenia / Wielki czlowiek z prowincji w Paryzu

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Michal Breitenwald
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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.

  • Verlorene Illusionen | Honoré de Balzac

    Verlorene Illusionen

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Christian Brückner
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    "Literaturbetrieb", "Urheberrecht", "Unterhaltung" kontra 'seriöse Literatur', dies sind nicht einfach die abgedroschenen Schlagworte von heute...

  • The Magic Skin | Honore de Balzac

    The Magic Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    Maria says: "poor reading"
  • Le médecin de campagne | Honoré de Balzac

    Le médecin de campagne

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Pierre Aussedat
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    En 1829, par une jolie matinée de printemps, un homme âgé d'environ cinquante ans suivait à cheval un chemin montagneux qui mène à un gros bourg situé près de la Grande-Chartreuse. Cet homme, le commandant Genestas, en recherche un autre : Monsieur Benassis, médecin de campagne et maire de ce bourg. La rencontre a lieu, mais pourquoi le commandant se présente-t-il sous une fausse identité?

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