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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,914 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcel Proust Narrator: Neville Jason Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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Within a Budding Grove, Part 1 is the second volume of Proust's monumental, seven volume, quasi-autobiographical novel Remembrance of Things Past, which has been described as one of the greatest works of imagination of all time. As the young narrator succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, the author presents us with an unparalleled account of the pangs of adolescent love. Proust has created from the raw material of his life a work of art of unsurpassed originality, filled with his own uniquely sensitive and subtle spirit. 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 Emily | 1/30/2014

    " Certainly not a book to be read in one sitting. Though a bit worn out by lengthy (and occasionally even repugnant) details about bourgeois Parisian society life in Swann's Way and continued in Within a Budding Grove, I continue to be charmed by Proust's richly evocative and insightful (not to mention artfully phenomenological) narration of his experiences and memories. Proust's view of the world is truly enchanted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Schaeffer | 1/23/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Van Der Velde | 1/15/2014

    " An exhausting, brilliant journey. "

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

    " This is even better than "Swann's Way." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Garcia | 11/19/2013

    " This one won Proust the Prix Goncourt, I imagine to myself because everyone marveled at how well a homo was able to go on and on about girls. Someday I would like to publish a version with all the pronouns changed (back). Then I think it would make a lot more sense to me. Great imagery in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daily Alice | 11/19/2013

    " At times I wondered if I could finish this book & even longed to give up on it. But I didn't and I am glad. It's long. It's dense. Ultimately I was rewarded for sticking with it though, with a personal sense of achievement, some beautiful descriptions of feelings and people, and especially a reminder to look closer at the everyday things in my life. I feel richer for reading this and am lining up the next volume for my next long break. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kekuni Minton | 11/11/2013

    " I loved this book. Really captures the psyche of a young man entering the world of teenage love: filled with hormones, mistakes, hopes and dreams. A beautiful "gang" of girls enters the world of man/child who has barely been able to leave the home of his mother for a vacation at the ocean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caterina Fake | 10/15/2013

    " I worked my way through the endless social climbing sections to finally arrive at the beautiful, heartrending and breathtaking falling-in-love-with-Albertine and her friends section. Delight! On to Guermantes Way... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mateus Pereira | 10/8/2013

    " The last page is one of the most amazing description I ever seen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjjmyers | 8/21/2013

    " "pleasure is like photography. what we take, in the presence of the beloved object, is merely a negative, which we develop later, when we are back home, and have once again found at our disposal that inner darkroom the entrance to which is barred to us so long as we are with other people." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 8/6/2013

    " This volume has one of my favorite moments in the whole book: M. de Charlus on the beach at Balbec ridiculing M. for his swimming trunks with little anchors on them. Hilarious. Perhaps my favorite volume of the novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgane | 5/23/2013

    " This was the first book on adolescence I've read that wasn't annoying (Catcher in the Rye, I'm looking at you). However, this translation was horrendous. Comparisons with the original French text show how some passages were completely butchered. I would not recommend this edition to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lubna | 1/7/2013

    " Yet another brilliant volume of Proust's masterpiece. Not as good as Volume I but still, hands down, some of the best literature I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I love love love Proust's analysis of romantic relationships. Seriously, everyone should read Proust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayson Kennedy | 12/25/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 7/17/2012

    " Thinking back on Swann, this one is better. More profound, more explicit and yet more abstract. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Todd | 3/1/2012

    " 732 pages of inconsequential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Phetteplace | 7/16/2011

    " Great writing, packed full of psychological insight and pretty diction. But there's so little at stake; only the main character and his emotions and even those are diluted through the retrospective form, which tries to explain everything and distances the reader from the present moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Williamson | 7/5/2011

    " It doesn't quite have the interest of the first part, it tends to loose focus after they leave Paris and Mme Swann. Still very beautiful and will be reading the third in a little while. "

  • 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.

About the Narrator

Neville Jason is an award–winning narrator, as well as a television and stage actor. He has earned seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He is a former member of the Old Vic Company, the English Stage Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Birmingham Repertory Company. While training at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he was awarded the diction prize by Sir John Gielgud.