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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Honore de Balzac Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

Balzac described Cousin Bette as one of his scenes of Parisian life, and it is certainly that. It offers us a hypnotic vision of that infinitely varied city during the bright, vital, scandalous, and sexually untrammeled era of King Louis-Philippe. The courtesans, swindlers, bankers, artists, murderers, detectives, and saints populating this world pass before us invested with a verve and vividness unsurpassed in the history of the novel.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ctb | 5/23/2011

    " Wonderful story teller, vivid details and characters, but sometimes the French are hard to care about in all their snobbery and pretensions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike | 4/4/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/25/2011

    " A wonderful read; fun and witty, satirical and sentimental all at once. A delightful French soap opera that clearly paved the way for the great society tales to come. Balzac broke the mold on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sara | 2/20/2011

    " A cousin tries to destroy a family from the inside, or is she? I couldn't put this one down. "

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