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    • Blood, Sex and Money

    • A BBC Radio 4 Serialisation of Zola's Epic Saga
    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Paul McGann, Alison Steadman, Samuel West, and others
    • Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
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    First published between 1870 and 1893, Émile Zola’s 20-book cycle chronicling four generations of the Rougon-Macquarts was a shocking exposé of the decadence, degradation and moral decay of 19th-century France. It included some of his greatest novels, among them his masterpiece, Germinal. These innovative, ambitious dramas, first broadcast on Radio 4 over 24 hours in 2015-16, are a radical reimagining of Zola’s classic series, introducing us to 104-year-old matriarch, Dide, imprisoned in an asylum in southern France. 

    Non-member price: $48.62

    • J'accuse [I Accuse] (Annotated)

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Ezwa
    • Length: 27 mins
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    "J’accuse...!" est le titre d'un article rédigé par Émile Zola au cours de l'affaire Dreyfus et publié dans le journal L'Aurore du 13 janvier 1898 sous la forme d'une lettre ouverte au président de la République française, Félix Faure. 

    Non-member price: $5.50

    • Thérèse Raquin

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
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    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

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    • Dark dark dark... but oh so good

    • By LC on 21-06-2016

    Non-member price: $21.90

    • Germinal

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
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    Germinal is one of the most striking novels in the French tradition. Widely regarded as Zola's masterpiece, the novel describes the working conditions of French coalminers in the 1860s in harsh and realistic terms. It is visceral, graphic, and unrelenting. Its strong socialist principles and vivid accounts of the miners' strikes meant that the novel became a key symbol in the workers' fight against oppression, with chants of "Germinal! Germinal!" resonating high above the author's funeral.

    Non-member price: $101.49

    • Nana

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
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    Nana Coupeau is a beautiful woman, able to attract men of enormous wealth with the crook of her finger. Part-time prostitute, part-time actress, she makes her debut in a mediocre operetta The Blonde Venus at the bustling Paris World’s Fair of 1867. She can’t sing, act, or dance, yet she is stunning. Nana soon rockets through elite Parisian society, and, blinded by desire, men crawl to her feet, yielding to her every demand. Affections are manipulated, hearts are broken; fortunes are gutted and inheritances squandered. 

    Non-member price: $48.75

    • The Ladies' Paradise

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
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    Country girl Denise Baudu arrives in Paris hoping for a position in her uncle's clothing shop. However, her uncle's shop, along with other small shops in the area, is doing poorly. This is due to the large store across the street - The Ladies' Paradise - which is swallowing up the small specialty stores by offering 'one-stop shopping' at discounted prices. 19th Century Paris is experiencing the dawn of the department store. Despite her loyalty to her uncle, Denise is drawn to the progressive Ladies' Paradise and it's owner, the driven but charismatic Monsieur Mouret.

    Non-member price: $27.36

    • L'Assommoir [The Drinking Den]

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
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    After her lover abandons her and their two children, Gervaise marries a tin worker, Coupeau, who helps her rebuild her life. She starts her own business, and the two have a daughter, Anna (the protagonist of Zola's later novel Nana). But their happiness is short-lived as a freak accident leaves Coupeau seriously injured, beginning the family's fall into alcohol, desperation, and violence.  

    Non-member price: $38.03

    • Germinal

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
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    A father and three of his seven children work brutal hours in a mine, facing hazards such as landslides, fire, and poisoned air, to scrape together enough money for food. When their lodger, Étienne, shares ideas about a workers' revolt, the family gradually embraces his plans. Soon the settlement is aflame with resolve to strike for better wages and working conditions. Savage and horrifying events ensue as miners clash with management and with each other.

    Non-member price: $35.84

    • The Kill (La Curee)

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Cate Barratt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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    Émile Zola's The Kill is one part of the French author's 20-volume series about the fictitious Rougon-Macquart family during the Second French Empire, and it is rich with symbolism. Paris is awakening to unprecedented expansion, the future intoxicating, and in keeping with its penchant for excess, the aristocracy is caught up in the mad dash to devour as much of it as it can.

    Non-member price: $10.34

    • The Belly of Paris

    • By: Émile Zola, Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator)
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
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    Although it is little known in this country, The Belly of Paris is considered one of Émile Zola’s best novels. Set in the newly built food markets of Paris, it is a story of wealth and poverty set against a sumptuous banquet of food and commerce. Having just escaped from prison after being wrongfully accused, young Florent arrives at Paris’ food market, Les Halles, half starved, surrounded by all he can’t have, and indignant at his world, which he now knows to be unjust. He finds that the city’s working classes have been displaced to make way for bigger streets and bourgeois living quarters, so he settles in with his brother’s family.

    Non-member price: $33.47

    • Germinal

    • Rougon-Macquart 13
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
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    Étienne Lantier, mécanicien au chômage, erre sur les routes du nord de la France. Au hasard d'une rencontre, frigorifié et mort de faim, il finit par trouver un emploi dans la mine du Voreux. Il découvre alors les conditions inhumaines du travail et la misère de la vie de mineur. Mais, les conditions économiques étant au plus bas, la Compagnie propriétaire du Voreux essaie de baisser encore leurs maigres salaires.

    Non-member price: $30.47

    • Nana

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
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    Emile Zola, along with fellow novelists Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert, was an early realist in French literature. In novels such as Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Zola's Nana, sex and violence were examined with vivid clarity. These realists soon adopted the word naturalism to describe their writings.

    Non-member price: $70.07

    • Money

    • By: Émile Zola, Valerie Minogue (translator)
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
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    Aristide Rougon, known as Saccard, is a failed property speculator determined to make his way once more in Paris. Unscrupulous, seductive, and with unbounded ambition, he schemes and manipulates his way to power. Financial undertakings in the Middle East lead to the establishment of a powerful new bank and speculation on the stock market; Saccard meanwhile conducts his love life as energetically as he does his business, and his empire is seemingly unstoppable.

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    • Excellent book and well paced

    • By Curious on 11-06-2019

    Non-member price: $43.45

    • La débâcle

    • Rougon-Macquart 19
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 20 hrs and 55 mins
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    À la suite de la mort de son épouse, Jean Macquart, désespéré, personnage principal de "La Terre", reprend du service dans l'armée. Incorporé dans le 106e de ligne, il y est caporal. Ses hommes le respectent. Lors de la guerre franco-prussienne de 1870, il ne peut qu'assister impuissant à l'effondrement de l'Empire et à la déroute de ses armées.

    Non-member price: $37.16

    • The Best French Short Stories

    • By: Guy de Maupassant, Victor Hugo, Anatole France, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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    An enchanting collection of some of the greatest short stories ever written by notable French authors.

    Non-member price: $29.96

    • The Beast in Man

    • By: Emile Zola Peter
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
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    Sex, betrayal, murder and corruption form the basis of this sensational novel by one of the leading French authors of the 19th century. Jacques Lantier is a man with a hereditary homicidal lust. When he sees Roubaud and his wife Severine slit the throat of a wealthy nobleman, it is the catalyst for a string of murders in a convoluted plot full of horror and suspense.

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • L'Œuvre

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Victor Vestia
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
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    Comme le confesse Émile Zola, critique d'art, ami d'enfance de Paul Cézanne, fervent défenseur de Manet, de Monet et des impressionnistes contre l'art académique,: " 'L'Œuvre' est un roman où mes souvenirs et mon cœur ont débordé". L'ouvrage suit une bande d'amis constituée autour d'un peintre et d'un écrivain. Ils fréquentent d'autres artistes, des sculpteurs, des architectes et des journalistes. L'auteur se met en scène dans le personnage de l'écrivain Pierre Sandoz, l'ami d'enfance de Claude Lantier, peintre génial mais maudit.

    Non-member price: $35.09

    • Nana

    • Rougon-Macquart 9
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Victor Vestia
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
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    Dans ce roman, on découvre une société dominée par le plaisir et l'argent, le milieu du théâtre parisien au 19ème siècle et de la prostitution, celui de l'aristocratie et de la grande bourgeoisie.À travers le personnage de Nana, jolie fille du ruisseau, prostituée et comédienne sans talent devenue célèbre courtisane, Zola décrit la déchéance d'une femme, et celle de la bonne société qui lui apporte ses amants, mais aussi la fin du Second Empire, qui se rue avec insouciance vers la guerre et la débâcle.

    Non-member price: $41.09

    • Au bonheur des dames

    • Rougon-Macquart 11
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Évelyne Lecucq
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
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    Octave Mouret, précurseur inspiré, bouleverse sa corporation comme Haussmann bouleverse la ville. Il parie tout sur les femmes, sur leurs envies et sur leur incapacité à surmonter les tentations.
    Une lui résiste : Denise, incarnation de la vertu et de la générosité. Elle devient une obsession pour cet ogre.

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    • Tradition vs modernity - with a dollop of romance

    • By Dr on 01-06-2015

    Non-member price: $17.58

    • Die vier Tage von Jean Gourdon

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Gert Heidenreich
    • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
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    Im Zentrum von "Die vier Tage von Jean Gourdon" stehen vier ereignisreiche und schicksalsträchtige Tage im Leben eines tief in seiner südfranzösischen Heimat verwurzelten Mannes. Eine hochdramatische Erzählung, in den die Katastrophe unausweichlich scheint, aber doch auch stets Grund zur Hoffnung bleibt. Zola, noch heute einer der meistgelesenen Autoren der Welt, vermischt in seinen Romanen und Erzählungen auf faszinierende Weise Symbolismus und Naturalismus und schafft so ein Werk, das berückende Tiefe und packenden Realitätssinn miteinander vereint. Ein wahrer Klassiker!

    Non-member price: $6.81

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