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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stendhal Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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Young Julien Sorel, one of the greatest characters in European literature, tries to rise above his humble peasant origins through a combination of talent and hard work - but also seduction, deception, and hypocrisy. The story is set in 19th-century France and is filled with sex, violence, romance, and humour.

Recently a BBC-TV serial starring Alice Krige, this audiobook is read by one of the stars of the TV film, Martin Jarvis.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 2/13/2014

    " A work that seems almost epic in scope, this novel is a really fascinating examination of 19th century France. Following the main character, we get Stendhal's critique of hypocrisy in the French military (the Red), and the clergy (the Black), which mirror the hypocrisy of the aristocracy. It is only by playing to that hypocrisy, thereby becoming a hypocrite himself, that Julien--the protagonist--is able to advance from his peasant roots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wren | 2/11/2014

    " This was surprisingly good - and quite dishy. Full of romance, scandal and surprises, not at all stuffy like we expect classic literature to be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denisa Curta | 2/8/2014

    " Soo boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa | 1/30/2014

    " I read this for book group. I'm glad I read it. I had always wanted to read Stendahl, but I didn't love it. The book group was also tepid about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 1/29/2014

    " This is the story of Julien Sorel, a young man from the provinces of France who is inflamed with the passion of youth, a passion for the ideals of the Napoleonic age, but whose greatest passion is his ambition which takes him to the heights and sets in motion his tragic fall. Stendhal is able to present his narrative with unmatched, for his time, psychological depth and realism. The love affairs and political intrigues are spellbinding for the reader even today. This novel truly presents a "mirror" of reality and provides a challenge for the reader. The story presents a protagonist torn between his passion for the red of the cavalry dragoons and the black of the bishops of the church. Ultimately he finds hypocrisy on all sides and turns upon one of his loves while rejecting his only true friend. This is still an exciting, even exhilarating read and truly a great book for all time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabrielle Grozea | 1/23/2014

    " It didn't impress me that much, maybe because i read it too late, but i will admit the parts where Julien has doubts and he's revealing the true masks of the post-Napoleon society are actually interesting. That being said, I consider it a classic book, easy to read, and very romantic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 InternetRex | 1/19/2014

    " this book left my life with someone named Joel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maan Kawas | 1/18/2014

    " One of the greatest books. Stendhal was great in describing the complex nature of love and the internal world of humans struggling with their own love, emotions, and prejudices. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurele | 1/6/2014

    " It's very French. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren Baker | 1/5/2014

    " The book that changed everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Karamazov | 12/5/2013

    " This book was written before they invented foreshadowing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Kopple | 8/4/2013

    " It has been a long time since I read this book, but I have never forgotten it. A revolutionary and tragic book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 6/18/2013

    " required reading for M Guy at Bennington "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelley | 10/6/2012

    " The back cover was so fascinating yet the story was so boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Kidney | 7/16/2012

    " Al Gore's fave. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riana | 3/8/2012

    " A book to read more then one time, great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/2/2012

    " Amazing that such a dull story - the rise and fall of an egoist - could be the frame for such a wonderfully perverse and unsparing social critique. Wickedly good fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 5/23/2011

    " Great book. Fast-paced, incisive, exciting, sprawling, sloppy, brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 4/10/2011

    " Stendahl didn't like the aristocracy or the clergy. And he thought ambition was a no-win way to behave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mpho3 | 4/3/2011

    " Like this reader, Julien Sorrel is a fool, a hypocrite, and melancholic. Stendhal manages to make everyone and everything seem bovine. Thumbs up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maki | 2/23/2011

    " This is the book that I got me hooked in French Literature. Ended up majoring French Literature in college back in Japan many many years ago. "

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

    " I believe this is Stendhal's best book - beautifully written and great subject matter. "

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About the Author
Author Stendhal

Stendhal, the pen name of Marie-Henri Beyle (1783–1842), was a nineteenth-century French writer. Known for his acute analysis of his characters’ psychology, he is considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism in his two novels, Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black, 1830) and La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma, 1839).

About the Narrator

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.