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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,761 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Honore de Balzac Narrator: Alex Jennings Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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Cousin Bette is one of the best-loved and most admired of Honoré de Balzac's novels. A tale of seductive women and philandering men, of passionate affairs and spiralling debts, Cousin Bette paints a vivid portrait of Paris in the 1830s and '40s. It's a city full of temptations, in which money is king, morals are loose, and the appeals of the virtuous are usually in vain. In the midst of it all sits a poor relation, Cousin Bette, like a spider in her web.

Fuelled by bitterness and jealousy, she is determined to weave destruction into the lives of her extended family, the socially superior Hulots. With her friend and accomplice, the beautiful Madame Marneffe, Bette sets out to manipulate events so that men are brought to their knees and their wives to despair, and she attains the power and prestige she seeks.

Read by Alex Jennings. Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Produced by Di Speirs.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/23/2014

    " Oh, my. What melodrama. A quite enjoyable read, but occasionally preposterous. It was hard to feel that the characters were full flesh-and-blood beings, but they had a vitality that kept me reading. Cousin Bette, poor relation to the aristocratic Hulot family, watches helplessly as the young man she's fallen for is stolen from her by the beautiful Hulot daughter. Afterwards, she says Enough. The rest of the book details her ingenious plotting, aided by M. Hulot's almost diabolical mistress, to bring the entire Hulot family to ruin. One strength of the book is that "poor" Bette is not, at heart, a nice creature; it makes the revenge plot more interesting. Be good to your relatives, folks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/14/2014

    " Fantastic. Saucy and absorbing, with a definite dose of seedy shadiness. After reading so many English and Russian authors from the same period, this book made me feel prudish. A definite soap opera, minus all the modern reality show bullcrap. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kmandova | 1/11/2014

    " This was the second Balzak's book I read and it was incredible, very touching and remembering. It totally changed my taste of books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurele | 12/17/2013

    " Oh the French! Balzac has the knack of writing a wicked story and deftly turning it into a morality tale, leaving me wondering which is the real Balzac. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth S | 12/9/2013

    " I must be on a Balzac kick, really enjoyed Bette as well as Pere. The denser writing style does take some adjustments, but the characters are immortal as well as immoral. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Murphy | 12/3/2013

    " Wonderful eye for the small and a wit sharpened to a fine point, my only regret is that I don't know enough about the period to really get the best out of Balzac. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sugi Lanús | 11/29/2013

    " A real good book for a stern reader! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Iman | 11/27/2013

    " I read the simplified version, maybe that's why it didn't attract me much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jono | 11/12/2013

    " Revenge! Evil Frenchwomen! Vain old playboys ruining their families for fat, haughty courtesans! Totally readable, like a fabulously highbrow soap opera. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ana Anderson | 4/16/2013

    " Everyone in this book is just so freaking stupid, I couldn't stand it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 3/28/2013

    " Excellent character study. Plot a bit slow towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Harju | 3/13/2013

    " My first read by Balzac. I fell in love with his writing and with Paris. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/6/2013

    " I loved this book. All the romantic intrigues, the discussion of money and how wealth was seen during this time in history was so interesting. I'd like to read more Balzac in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 11/18/2012

    " A detailed description of life in 19th century France during the Restoration, cleverly disguised as a page-turner. Characters are fascinating. The debauchery is prominent and shocking. Life is very hard unless you are rich. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 10/6/2012

    " Wow. What lengths a woman will go to just for a touch of revenge. She's not a very likable protagonist, and I'd hate to have her mad at me, but the writing is good, and so is the plot, and I can't complain about the character development. This is a classic for a reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shokufeh شکوفه Kavani کاوانی | 10/6/2012

    " This is a very very good book....believe me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RK Byers | 8/4/2012

    " i think i've found ANOTHER new favorite French writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katsumi | 6/17/2012

    " Balzac clearly paints a picture of Paris in the 1800s among the wealthy and the poor. Vengeful relatives, cheating husbands, martyred wives and cunning courtesans---they're all here. A delightful read! "

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