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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Honoré de Balzac Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781440798061
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One of renowned French author Honoré de Balzac’s finest works, Le Père Goriot provides a fascinating glimpse into Parisian life during the early nineteenth century. The rich character studies and themes of class, personal ambition, and materialism make this insightful novel as compelling today as when it was first published.

At the shabby boarding house in the rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève, petty Madame Vauquer and her tenants wonder at the plight of the aging resident Goriot. Once a well-heeled merchant, Goriot was—at first—afforded special treatment from the Madame. But now something is clearly amiss in his financial affairs, and his increasingly tawdry appearance makes him a subject of ridicule in the household. Some think he lost in the markets, others see him as a lecherous patron of prostitutes, but one thing is clear: his selflessness and complete devotion to his two daughters. As the tragedy of old Goriot is revealed, the shallow values of a society come under scrutiny.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Père Goriot can rightly be regarded as one of the greatest of Balzac’s novels.”

    Henry Reed, poet

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/5/2011

    " I read this as research for my novel, My Phantom: The Memoir of Christine Daaé. Balzac is a wonderful writer and his Pere Goriot helped me a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/27/2011

    " I hadn't read any Balzac before, and I did enjoy this novel. I got the sparknotes to read along with it and that helped understand Balzac and his writing more. I started to read Balzac's "Cousin Bette" but got too lazy and rented the mini series (BBC) with Helen Mirren instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jurgita | 3/23/2011

    " Jei žmogaus širdis kartais sustoja pailseti kopdama i biciulystes aukštybe, tai retai kada tesustoja leisdamasi staigia neapykantos pakalne.

    Pagal tušciagalviu žmoniu logika- tas, kas nekalba apie savo reikalus, matyt, daro ka nors bloga.


  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gena | 3/4/2011

    " Not the easiest book I've ever read, but worth the plod. Many truthful tidbits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/12/2011

    " I love Balzac and am currently searching for more... "

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About the Author

Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) was born in Tours, France, educated at the Collège de Vendôme, and studied law at the Sorbonne. His father wished him to become a lawyer, but he left Tours in 1819 to seek his fortune as an author in Paris. He wrote eighty-five novels in twenty years, but his life was one of frequent privation. In 1850, he married Countess Hanska, a rich Polish lady with whom he had corresponded for more than fifteen years. Five months later, Balzac died in Paris.

About the Narrator

Paul Hecht’s long career in audiobooks spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations.