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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:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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