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4.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 5 4.33 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcel Proust Narrator: John Rowe Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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In the second volume of Proust's great novel, the narrator emerges as an actor in the drama of his own life. Swann has now dwindled into a husband for his former mistress, Odette, and their daughter, Gilberte, becomes the adolescent narrator's playmate and tantalising love-object.

We move from Paris to the seaside town of Balbec, from ritualised social performances to midsummer spontaneity, and from Gilberte to her successor Albertine.

In Balbec, the narrator is befriended by the painter Elstir who introduces him both to the craft of painting and to the mysterious 'little band' of girls. An artistic education is thus intricately interwoven with a journey of sexual self-discovery. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 1/1/2014

    " Alain de Botton's quote neatly sums up my experience of reading Proust: "One is never far from a phrase that feels so acute and so true that it seems to be expressing an essential truth of the soul hewn out of primordial psychological matter." This book is one of the most beautiful and profound novels I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariadna73 | 12/1/2013

    " Proust is a master; and what I love the most is that every time I read him; I feel the urge to write. I feel that my writing improves and I feel the drive to express myself in writing. I love him for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Wright | 11/25/2013

    " Please refer to my review of this work as a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/21/2013

    " This is probably my favourite volume of 'In Search of Lost Time', but although I quite enjoyed Lydia Davis's translation of the first volume, James Grieve's version tended to frustrate me at times. This is the only reason for the missing fifth star. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rundmc | 11/17/2013

    " Superb! MP is awesome in his describing his feelings, though they are not real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayson Kennedy | 11/7/2013

    " Proust is always full of the deepest insights about our true selves, the ones we keep hidden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggi | 10/17/2013

    " Why can I not seem to finish this? So sad... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 10/16/2013

    " letdown after Swann's Way! I'd heard it gets better and better, so i was wondering how the hell Proust could top Vol I. he didn't. the quality of the writing was still excellent. but, honestly, it dragged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Schaeffer | 10/1/2013

    " I finished this in the waiting room of an Auto-Zone in suburban Pennsylvania on Christmas Day, just like Proust would have wanted it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 8/12/2013

    " Marcel meets Albertine, but getting to know her better is hard cause there is always one of her female friends with her. The construction is still good and not shattered with too much details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cns | 7/24/2013

    " I have been reading this book for over a year. Proust is a slooooow read...Oh those young girls in flower! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 11/21/2012

    " Note: I didn't read this translation, I read "Within a Budding Grove." Which, accuracy aside (I don't speak French so I don't know), is a much better title. Much less awkward and (perhaps) overly literal... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benji | 5/19/2012

    " Proust is the master of defying your expectations. Review to come later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Van Der Velde | 10/6/2011

    " An exhausting, brilliant journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcin | 9/30/2011

    " so far so beautiful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 8/2/2011

    " second of seven volumes. excellent. merits all the standards applied to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke | 4/10/2011

    " The philosophical and artistic themes were interesting though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lemar | 3/24/2011

    " Lovely, a moment captured in amber. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 2/8/2011

    " “...Pleasures are like photographs: in the presence of the person we love, we take only negatives, which we develop later, at home, when we have at our disposal once more our inner dark room, the door of which it is strictly forbidden to open while others are present....” "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reed | 2/5/2011

    " I like it, more when he's not moping over Gilberte. But please, it's wonderful, a whole world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boxwhatbox | 1/2/2011

    " A continuation of the first book with even more passion for the emotional expression of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 10/15/2010

    " second of seven volumes. excellent. merits all the standards applied to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/25/2010

    " Más agotador que Por el Camino de Swann, nos interiozamos en la Memoria y su teoría que presenta Proust. Suficiente. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 2/23/2010

    " In which our hero discovers gurls. "

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About the Author
Author Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust (1871–1922) was a French novelist, essayist, and critic, best known as the author of Remembrance of Things Past, a monumental work of fiction published in seven parts from 1913 to 1927.