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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,334 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stendhal Narrator: Bill Homewood Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The tale of social-climbing arriviste Julien Sorel brilliantly captures the contradictions and hypocrisies permeating French society under the Bourbon Restoration. Using his formidable intellect, innate cunning and charm, the tale of social-climbing arriviste Julien Sorel brilliantly captures the contradictions and hypocrisies permeating French society under the Bourbon Restoration. Using his formidable intellect, innate cunning and charm, Julien clambers his way to the top, manipulating and seducing those who have the power to give him the social status he desires. clambers his way to the top, manipulating and seducing those who have the power to give him the social status he desires. However, Julien's idealism and Napoleonic ambitions are always simmering just below the surface, threatening to erupt and jeopardize his designs. For how long will he be able to smother his true feelings? Bill Homewood's reading masterfully portrays the psychological tension and intrigue of this French classic.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emily Dorsett | 2/7/2014

    " I lusted after Julien Sorel for much of my adolescence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jess | 2/1/2014

    " I read this book in French and found it fascinating. I doubt it's as good in English but it is probably still interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 10/28/2013

    " Six hundred and thirty four pages in all, but Stendahl keeps the reader's interest in this account of an opportunistic young man bent on rising from his level of a carpenter's son to as high as he can get. Starting by memorizing the New Testament (can you believe it) to impress the clergy, over and over again he become the one out of many that is singled out by those in power over him. Love stories are entangled - first with the wife of his superior and then with a woman from a much higher station - and though he seems to have moved on from the first to the second, at the end - when he is convicted of premeditated murder, he's back to the first - more in love than ever. It's a good-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fani | 10/8/2013

    " 3.5 but closer to 4 than 3 stars. More fun than I'd expected from such a book:) The scene where he uses someone else's letters to court a woman was hilarious! "

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