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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: July 2011 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 8/26/2013

    " An interesting character study and look inside the church, but too drawn out and dated for my tastes. Writing seemed too 19th Century - unlike, say, The Brothers Karamazov, which I also read this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivan | 5/27/2013

    " Stendhal! Ugh tough nih, maksudku gaya tulisannya terasa banget.Beda! satu genus dengan flaubert tapi different species.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Kidney | 4/4/2013

    " Al Gore's fave. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marino | 1/6/2013

    " it might have been influential when it was published, but now it seems outdated. The characters are almost caricatures and do not really demonstrate the attributes of real people. On top of that I thought it was sexist. Certainly, the great romantic twist at the end didn't really make sense to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 1/3/2013

    " Tiring, intricate, beautiful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne Fanning | 9/7/2012

    " Tough to say ... unfortunately it took me weeks to read so I felt it dragged. Had I had the time to sit down and devote the time to reading I may have felt differently. The story tended to drag with little action from one page to another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick\ | 5/30/2012

    " Read while very young and found it a gripping, dense, moving narrative. Too bad he died young. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 InternetRex | 2/16/2012

    " 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 Riana | 10/28/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 8/1/2011

    " I laughed out loud reading it, which according to the chair of our French Department IS NOT THE RIGHT REACTION TO THIS VERY IMPORTANT WORK OF LITERATURE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madjita | 7/6/2011

    " Le style, le destin des personnages, un chef d'oeuvre "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pierre | 6/30/2011

    " I'll review this great book later, when I'm not feeling so flippant... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 6/27/2011

    " 50 too many boy-meets-girl-boy-loses-girl subplots, but a feel for class struggles was fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danica | 5/25/2011

    " It took me five years to get past the first 150-200 pages. "

  • 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! "

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Author Stendhal

Stendhal (1783–1842) was the nom-de-plume of Marie-Henri Beyle, who was born in Grenoble in 1783. He served in the army under Napoleon, but on the restoration of the monarchy moved to Italy, where he started his career as a travel writer. His great love of the arts, and his declared ecstatic dizziness at the overwhelming beauty and magnificence of Italian paintings, frescoes, statues, and architecture, particularly in Florence, led to the recent coining of the “Stendhal Syndrome.” On his return to Paris in 1821, he moved into society, had several publicized affairs, and in 1830 published The Red and the Black, considered by many to be one of his masterpieces. He took a diplomatic post in Italy, but in 1841 became ill and returned to Paris, where he died of a stroke in 1842.