Remembrance of Things Past

12 books in series
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Swann's Way Publisher's Summary

Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason’s widely praised abridged version has rightly become an audiobook landmark, and now, upon numerous requests, he is recording the whole work unabridged which, when complete, will run for some 140 hours.

Swann’s Way is the first of seven volumes and sets the scene with the narrator’s memories being famously provoked by the taste of that little cake, the madeleine, accompanied by a cup of lime-flowered tea. It is an unmatched portrait of fin-de-siècle France.

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  • Book 1

    • Swann's Way

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 396
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 353
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      4 out of 5 stars 348

    Swann’s Way is the first of seven volumes in Remembrance of Things Past. It sets the scene with the narrator’s memories being famously provoked by the taste of that little cake, the madeleine, accompanied by a cup of lime-flowered tea. It is an unmatched portrait of fin-de-siècle France.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not a book one reads but inhabits & floats through

    • By Darwin8u on 02-24-13

    Regular price: $34.96

    • Swann's Way

    • By: Marcel Proust, Scott Moncrieff - translator
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Swann’s Way is the first and best-known part of Proust’s monumental work, Remembrance of Things Past. Often compared to a symphony, this complex masterpiece is ideally suited for audio. Listening lets you appreciate anew the incredible beauty of Proust’s language and the uniqueness of his style. The novel’s narrator, Marcel, finds the true meaning of experience in memories stimulated by some random object or event.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful, BUT

    • By Michael on 02-04-13

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Swann's Way

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    Swann's Way is the first novel of Marcel Proust's seven-volume magnum opus In Search of Lost Time. After elaborate reminiscences about his childhood with relatives in rural Combray and in urban Paris, Proust's narrator recalls a story regarding Charles Swann, a major figure in his Combray childhood....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Like that madeleine...

    • By Laurie on 11-18-10

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Remembrance of Things Past

    • Swann's Way
    • By: Marcel Proust, Scott Moncrieff - translator
    • Narrated by: John Rowe
    • Length: 19 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 223

    Swann's Way is Marcel Proust's literary masterpiece and the first part of the multivolume audiobook Remembrance of Things Past. In the opening volume, the narrator travels back in time to recall his childhood and to introduce the listener to Charles Swann, a wealthy friend of the family and celebrity in the Parisian social scene. He again travels back, this time to the youth of Charles Swann in the French town of Combray, to tell the story of the love affair that took place before his own birth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • EXCELLENT!

    • By Maggie on 08-18-10

    Regular price: $23.75

    • Swann's Way (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
    • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    When the narrator of Swann’s Way dips a petite madeleine into hot tea, the act transports him to his childhood in the French town of Combray. Out of his Pandora’s box of reflections comes a memory of an old family friend, Swann - a man who was long ago undone by romantic desire and cruel reality. In this reverie lie the insights the author seeks about his own life and ageless truths about the ephemeral nature of emotions, places, and, ultimately, love.

    Regular price: $6.99

  • Book 2

    • Within a Budding Grove

    • Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 2
    • By: Marcel Proust, C. K. Scott Moncrieff (translator)
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 25 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th century literature. Within a Budding Grove is the second of seven volumes. The young narrator, experiencing his youthful sexuality, falls under the spell of a group of adolescent girls, succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, and visits a brothel where he meets Rachel. His impressions of life are also stimulated by the painter, Elstir, and his encounter with another girl, Albertine.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One young nubile girl and then another ...

    • By Darwin8u on 03-28-13

    Regular price: $45.49

    • Within a Budding Grove

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: John Rowe
    • Length: 23 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    In the second volume of Proust's great novel, the narrator emerges as an actor in the drama of his own life. Swann has now dwindled into a husband for his former mistress, Odette, and their daughter, Gilberte, becomes the adolescent narrator's playmate and tantalising love object. We move from Paris to the seaside town of Balbec, from ritualised social performances to midsummer spontaneity and from Gilberte to her successor Albertine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • insomniac's dream

    • By beatrice on 10-04-09

    Regular price: $26.85

  • Book 3

    • The Guermantes Way

    • Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 3
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 28 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. The Guermantes Way is the third of seven volumes. The narrator penetrates the inner sanctum of Paris high society and falls in love with the fascinating Duchesse de Guermantes. Proust describes vividly the struggles for political, social, and sexual supremacy played out beneath a veneer of elegant manners. He also finds himself pursued by the predatory Baron de Charlus.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Makes a very big reading project a breeze!

    • By David E. Gregson on 10-01-12

    Regular price: $45.49

  • Book 4

    • Sodom and Gomorrah

    • Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 4
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 26 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136

    Accidentally witnessing an encounter between the Baron de Charlus and the tailor Jupien, the narrator’s eyes are opened to a world hidden from him until now; he suspects that Albertine is attracted to her own sex.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator excellent

    • By Peter Schwenn on 01-14-13

    Regular price: $45.49

  • Book 5

    • The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason’s widely praised abridged version has rightly become an audiobook landmark and now, after numerous requests, he is recording the whole work unabridged which, when complete, will run for some 140 hours. The Captive is the fifth of seven volumes. The Narrator’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment. He suspects she may be attracted to her own sex.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By Hans G. Despain on 09-08-12

    Regular price: $38.49

  • Book 6

    • The Fugitive

    • Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 6
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason’s unabridged recording of the work runs to 150 hours. Marcel's obsessive feelings of possession for Albertine have forced her to flee. It comes as a terrible shock and is followed by further destabilizing news about other friends.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A River of Proustian Memory and Time

    • By Darwin8u on 10-31-13

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 7

    • Time Regained

    • Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 50

    Lost in the blacked-out streets of Paris during the First World War, Marcel stumbles into a brothel and accidentally witnesses a shocking scene involving the Baron de Charlus. Later, at a reception given by the Prince de Guermates, his meditations on the passage of time lead to his determination to embark on his life's work at last.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Full of emotional/intellectual/experiential joules

    • By Darwin8u on 11-18-13

    Regular price: $34.99