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Download Therese Raquin Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,939 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emile Zola Narrator: Traci Svendsgaard Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN:
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In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Thérèse Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband's earthy friend, Laurent. But their passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever.

Thérèse Raquin caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its 27-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola's novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness, and ghostly revenge but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie Seaton | 2/15/2014

    " Their nerves had a shock. Their nerves had a shock. Their nerves had a shock. Just repeat that for about twelve chapters and you have had the experience of reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Donne | 1/24/2014

    " Pretty noirish, and really seems to have influenced Chan-Wook Park's Thirst. Well worth a look, although there are no nice characters in this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 1/16/2014

    " It's almost like Dostoevsky with a liberal helping of Poe. Except for that one part at the end that was supposed to be all serious but wasn't, at least for me. (view spoiler)[Therese and Laurent decide to kill each other, but on the night it's supposed to happen, they do a lousy job of hiding it, and that discovery scene I could see happening on stage in a madcap British comedy. (hide spoiler)] But the rest of it's good reading, especially for dark, cold fall weather. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anitra | 12/29/2013

    " Good for when you're in the mood for a dark story of consequences. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adam Calhoun | 12/28/2013

    " While I understand that this is a classic for its preface concerning Zola's naturalism, the book is...boring. The characters are uninteresting. The story is not shocking nowadays. Really, it's not worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zzoeeeee | 10/5/2013

    " I'm genuinely terrified after reading this book. The way its written gave me a sense of paranoia that left me having to put the book down for a breather. The decline of Mme Raquin into complete paralysis was heartbreaking for me, despite myself not feeling much sympathy for the character initially. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 7/8/2013

    " This was not an unpredictable novel, but it was a gripping psychological drama that I really enjoyed. I would highly recommend Kate's reading for anyone who enjoys a good audiobook! It is a fantastic performance, nuanced with very evocative characterizations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 7/2/2013

    " I bet this book was scandalous and shocking in its day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 5/7/2013

    " Anxious, psychological thriller/drama...expose-esque...not sure how to describe it, other than it was unenjoyable yet I could not put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/26/2013

    " Fantastic -- especially the first half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staci | 10/4/2012

    " I read this in email format through dailylit.com. I really enjoyed this book. The story was not a happy one, but I really liked Zola's style and what he did with the characters. And I thought the ending was great. I would eventually love to read this in the original French. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Schilling | 9/30/2012

    " It's been years since I ready this book, however, I pick it up regularly to read a few sentences. Just love the visual nature of his books, it's like a painting the images are so vivid and rich. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 hirtho | 5/22/2012

    " the movie is one of my favorites, and the book is even better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inna | 12/24/2011

    " Excellent! Zola is a genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 9/21/2011

    " Amazing beyond words. One of the best things I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreas D | 8/23/2011

    " Zola's great style manages to create perilous atmosphere. only drawback is my personal opinion that it's unrealistic but still very.symbolic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 8/10/2011

    " Fabulous. A sordid romance, like Madame Bovary but darker. Novel stands on its own. Quick to read (you wont want to put it down). Makes you cheer for the murderous heroine :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/17/2011

    " his is a psychological study of the minds of two murderers. This is my third Emile Zola book, and I am amazed at his diversity. He is a fine writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ida | 4/12/2011

    " Must be the best book we've read in English so far. I really liked it, after having read Tha Father and A Doll's House were nothing really happens, this was a positive surprise. Things happened all the time in this book.
    Thumbs up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xiao | 4/11/2011

    " way more bearable this time. "

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

    " The story stretches for too long. The main characters aren't sympathetic. It can be moralistic, but it is quite visual and I like the suspense with the mother-in-law. In some ways, the character seems to be saying something about the son. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zahraa | 3/1/2011

    " After an elaborate psychological description allover the novel the end was very abrupt and less developed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ema | 1/5/2011

    " Awesome book!! Looooved the end of it... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suelen | 12/30/2010

    " First third of the story is wee bit slow, transition-wise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 11/28/2010

    " This was the novel that first made Emile Zola famous and no wonder - it is savage and shocking, even today. A short, intimate piece, but with all the grit and dramatic power that he would use to such great effect in his later work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonfaith | 11/17/2010

    " Zola was exhaustive in his efforts to establish his thesis of debilitating compunction. Unofrtunately the reader is left bruised and likewise knackered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 7/30/2010

    " I'm more of a middle 3-4 stars on this, but I opted for higher. I quite enjoyed this more the third time I read it through. "

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