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    • Eugenie Grandet

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
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    At the beginning of the story the heroine lives an unfulfilled life in rural France, her nature crushed by a domineering and miserly father. Gallant cousin Charles arrives and acts as a catalyst on Eugénie's personality and emotions. Will her love survive the strong self-opinion of the young man and the selfishness of her father or is Eugénie's reward destined to be in heaven?

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    • Father Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Sean Murphy
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
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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.

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    • Le Père Goriot

    • La Comédie Humaine
    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Bruno Bardin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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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.

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    • Le chef-d'œuvre inconnu

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Nicolas Planchais
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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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.

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    • Father Goriot

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
    • Length: 12 hrs
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    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....

    Non-member price: $39.00

    • Cousin Bette

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
    • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
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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.

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    • The Unknown Masterpiece

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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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.

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    • Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Pierre-François Garel
    • Length: 20 hrs
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    Par cette fresque aux allures de roman policier, Balzac dépeint et fustige les incohérences sociales, politiques et judiciaires de son époque. Paru sous forme de feuilleton entre 1838 et 1847, "Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes" est un roman foisonnant de personnages hauts en couleur mêlant intrigues amoureuses et policières dans le Paris interlope du XIXème siècle. Le jeune et beau Lucien, monté à la capitale avec des ambitions littéraires sera confronté aux milieux du crime et de la prostitution, tombera sous l'emprise d'un ancien bagnard.

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    • 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
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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.

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    • The Mysterious Mansion

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 30 mins
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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.

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    • Le Pere Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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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.

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    • By Bridget on 09-02-2018

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    • Le père Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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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 ?

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    • Old Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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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.

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    • By Huw on 22-08-2016

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    • Eugénie Grandet

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Françoise Gillard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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    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.

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    • Pere Goriot

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Walter Covell
    • Length: 11 hrs
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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.

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    • Cousin Bette

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

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    • Tratado de excitantes modernos [Treaty of Modern Excitants]

    • By: Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Mariacristina Brito
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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    Honore de Balzac intenta en este libro exponer diversos casos relacionados al exceso y la dependencia de ciertas drogas comunes en su época. Muchas de ellas aún en uso en la actualidad. Es increíble cómo un libro escrito hace tanto pueda ayudar a tantos lidiando con problemas de abuso de sustancias en nuestros tiempos. La sabiduría y la genialidad de la escritura de Balzac son evidentes desde las primeras páginas. 

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    • La Femme de trente ans

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Ariane Ascaride
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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    Le destin tragique de la "Femme de trente ans" est aussi affreusement banal : Julie d'Aiglemont est mariée à un homme qu'elle n'aime pas. Malheureuse et délaissée, la seule façon pour elle de ne pas subir son mariage est de tomber amoureuse d'un autre. Mais de morts malencontreuses en amours contrariées, ses amants et enfants illégitimes ne lui permettront pas d'échapper réellement au contrat auquel elle n'a eu d'autre choix que de se soumettre. Cette sombre histoire, résolument moderne, est sans doute le roman le plus engagé de Balzac, qui dénonce avec force et justesse l'oppression qui pèse sur les femmes.

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    • Sarrasine

    • By: Honoré de Balzac, Golden Deer Classics
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Koop
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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    Auf den Festen der märchenhaften reichen Familie Lauty taucht immer wieder ein rätselhafter uralter Mann auf, bei dessen Anblick es den Gästen kalt über den Rücken läuft. Niemand weiß, in welcher Verbindung der Greis zu der geheimnisumwittereten Familie steht. Die Wurzeln des Geheimnisses liegen in der tragischen Lebensgeschichte des genialen Bildhauers Sarrasine, einer Geschichte voller Kunst und Musik, Liebe und Leidenschaft.

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    • Eugénie Grandet

    • By: Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated by: Linda Elvira
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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    "Eugénie Grandet" er heltinden i Balzacs roman om livet i den lille by Saumur i Loire-dalen, men det er hendes far, der er den dominerende hovedperson. Han er en frygtelig hustyran og Eugénie er meget ærbødig overfor ham. Indtil hendes fætter Charles dukker op og vækker hendes lidenskaber.

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