Remembrance of Things Past
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  • 1
    Swann's Way | Marcel Proust

    Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Swann's Way is the first of seven volumes in Remembrance of Things Past. It sets the scene with the narrator's memories being famously provoked by the taste of that little cake, the madeleine, accompanied by a cup of lime-flowered tea. It is an unmatched portrait of fin-de-siècle France.

    Life, A User's Manual

    To some extent writing about a single book in Marcel Proust's seven-part "À la recherché du temps perdu", more accurately translated as "In Search of ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 11 August 2013 by AK ()
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    Swann's Way | Marcel Proust

    Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Swann's Way is the first and best-known part of Proust's monumental work, Remembrance of Things Past. Often compared to a symphony, this complex masterpiece is ideally suited for audio. Listening lets you appreciate anew the incredible beauty of Proust's language and the uniqueness of his style. The novel's narrator, Marcel, finds the true meaning of experience in memories stimulated by some random object or event.

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    Swann's Way | Marcel Proust

    Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Swann's Way is the first novel of Marcel Proust's seven-volume magnum opus In Search of Lost Time. After elaborate reminiscences about his childhood with relatives in rural Combray and in urban Paris, Proust's narrator recalls a story regarding Charles Swann, a major figure in his Combray childhood....

    Proust at a gallop

    This is Proust at a gallop. Simon Vance has a pleasant voice and articulates beautifully, but reads far too fast. No time to relish the words or enjoy..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 November 2010 by Choosy (East Midlands)
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    Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way | Marcel Proust

    Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
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    Swann's Way is Marcel Proust's literary masterpiece and is part of the multivolume novel Remembrance of Things Past. In Swann's Way, the author recalls the youth of Charles Swann in the French town of Combray. Proust paints an unforgettable, scathing and at times comic portrait of French society at the close of the19th century and reveals a profound vision of obsessive love. This is now the entire audiobook, not in two parts

    A Masterpiece

    Proust's writing is exquisitive. This is the most consuming, sensual, imagery-dense novel I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The novelist's insi..Show More »

    Reviewed on 30 October 2016 by Ms. Cf Dunmore (London)
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    Within a Budding Grove: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 2 | Marcel Proust, C. K. Scott Moncrieff (translator)

    Within a Budding Grove: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust, C. K. Scott Moncrieff (translator)
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th century literature. Within a Budding Grove is the second of seven volumes. The young narrator, experiencing his youthful sexuality, falls under the spell of a group of adolescent girls, succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, and visits a brothel where he meets Rachel. His impressions of life are also stimulated by the painter, Elstir, and his encounter with another girl, Albertine.

    Humour and Psychology

    I can’t get enough of Proust, and thanks to this monumental feat of audio recording, I don’t have to. What makes him so wonderful is his wonderful sen..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 September 2013 by AK ()
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    Within a Budding Grove | Marcel Proust

    Within a Budding Grove

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
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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.

    "Like floating down a river..."

    Beautiful book and beautifully read. I've heard reading Proust feels like floating river and I couldn't agree more. Listening to Proust however, even ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 August 2016 by saly ()
  • 3
    The Guermantes Way: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 3 | Marcel Proust

    The Guermantes Way: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. The Guermantes Way is the third of seven volumes. The narrator penetrates the inner sanctum of Paris high society and falls in love with the fascinating Duchesse de Guermantes. Proust describes vividly the struggles for political, social, and sexual supremacy played out beneath a veneer of elegant manners. He also finds himself pursued by the predatory Baron de Charlus.

    Perfect, Fantastical

    Originally published in two parts, the third part of Proust's mammoth work is equally gigantic in its audiobook form (it's 28 hours long). Yet whereas..Show More »

    Reviewed on 30 October 2013 by AK ()
  • 4
    Sodom and Gomorrah: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 4 | Marcel Proust

    Sodom and Gomorrah: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Accidentally witnessing an encounter between the Baron de Charlus and the tailor Jupien, the narrator's eyes are opened to a world hidden from him until now; he suspects that Albertine is attracted to her own sex.

    Saturation

    I love Proust.

    Around ten years ago I started reading ”Time" from the beginning, as fervently as I had ever read anything. But I remember tha..Show More »

    Reviewed on 25 April 2014 by AK ()
  • 5
    The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5 | Marcel Proust

    The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason's widely praised abridged version has rightly become an audiobook landmark and now, after numerous requests, he is recording the whole work unabridged which, when complete, will run for some 140 hours. The Captive is the fifth of seven volumes. The Narrator's obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment. He suspects she may be attracted to her own sex.

    Captivating

    I have only recently returned to the endeavour through Proust that I began last autumn. Probably due to oversaturation I had to stop after ”Sodom and ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 May 2014 by AK ()
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    The Fugitive: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 6 | Marcel Proust

    The Fugitive: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason's unabridged recording of the work runs to 150 hours. Marcel's obsessive feelings of possession for Albertine have forced her to flee. It comes as a terrible shock and is followed by further destabilizing news about other friends.

    Internalized Flows of Language

    I’m nearing the end of a journey I’ll be sad to see end, but just the same I’m sober enough to admit that Proust, for better and worse, is not very di..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 October 2014 by AK ()
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    Time Regained: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7 | Marcel Proust

    Time Regained: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Lost in the blacked-out streets of Paris during the First World War, Marcel stumbles into a brothel and accidentally witnesses a shocking scene involving the Baron de Charlus. Later, at a reception given by the Prince de Guermates, his meditations on the passage of time lead to his determination to embark on his life's work at last.

    The Predestined Curtain Falls

    What can I say that hasn't been already stated in the reviews I've written for the other six volumes? I started listening to "The Swann's Way" in June..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 November 2014 by AK ()