Rougon-Macquart
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    The Kill (La Curee) | Émile Zola

    The Kill (La Curee)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Cate Barratt
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    Émile Zola's The Kill is one part of the French author's 20-volume series about the fictitious Rougon-Macquart family during the Second French Empire, and it is rich with symbolism. Paris is awakening to unprecedented expansion, the future intoxicating, and in keeping with its penchant for excess, the aristocracy is caught up in the mad dash to devour as much of it as it can.

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    The Belly of Paris | Émile Zola, Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator)

    The Belly of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Émile Zola, Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator)
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Although it is little known in this country, The Belly of Paris is considered one of Émile Zola's best novels. Set in the newly built food markets of Paris, it is a story of wealth and poverty set against a sumptuous banquet of food and commerce. Having just escaped from prison after being wrongfully accused, young Florent arrives at Paris' food market, Les Halles, half starved, surrounded by all he can't have, and indignant at his world, which he now knows to be unjust. He finds that the city's working classes have been displaced to make way for bigger streets and bourgeois living quarters, so he settles in with his brother's family.

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    The Gin Palace | Emile Zola

    The Gin Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Abandoned by her lover and left to bring up their two children alone, Gervaise Macquart has to fight to earn an honest living. When she accepts the marriage proposal of Monsieur Coupeau, it seems as though she is on the path to a decent, respectable life at last. But with her husband's drinking and the unexpected appearance of a figure from her past, Gervaise's plans begin to unravel tragically.

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    Nana | Emile Zola

    Nana

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
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    Emile Zola, along with fellow novelists Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert, was an early realist in French literature. In novels such as Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Zola's Nana, sex and violence were examined with vivid clarity. These realists soon adopted the word naturalism to describe their writings.

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    The Ladies' Paradise | Emile Zola

    The Ladies' Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Lee Ann Howlett
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    Country girl Denise Baudu arrives in Paris hoping for a position in her uncle's clothing shop. However, her uncle's shop, along with other small shops in the area, is doing poorly. This is due to the large store across the street - The Ladies' Paradise - which is swallowing up the small specialty stores by offering 'one-stop shopping' at discounted prices. 19th Century Paris is experiencing the dawn of the department store. Despite her loyalty to her uncle, Denise is drawn to the progressive Ladies' Paradise and it's owner, the driven but charismatic Monsieur Mouret.

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    Germinal | Émile Zola

    Germinal

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Émile Zola
    • Narrated By Leighton Pugh
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    Germinal is one of the most striking novels in the French tradition. Widely regarded as Zola's masterpiece, the novel describes the working conditions of French coalminers in the 1860s in harsh and realistic terms. It is visceral, graphic, and unrelenting. Its strong socialist principles and vivid accounts of the miners' strikes meant that the novel became a key symbol in the workers' fight against oppression, with chants of "Germinal! Germinal!" resonating high above the author's funeral.

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    Germinal | Emile Zola

    Germinal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    A father and three of his seven children work brutal hours in a mine, facing hazards such as landslides, fire, and poisoned air, to scrape together enough money for food. When their lodger, Étienne, shares ideas about a workers' revolt, the family gradually embraces his plans. Soon the settlement is aflame with resolve to strike for better wages and working conditions. Savage and horrifying events ensue as miners clash with management and with each other.

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    Money | Émile Zola, Valerie Minogue (translator)

    Money

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Émile Zola, Valerie Minogue (translator)
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
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    Aristide Rougon, known as Saccard, is a failed property speculator determined to make his way once more in Paris. Unscrupulous, seductive, and with unbounded ambition, he schemes and manipulates his way to power. Financial undertakings in the Middle East lead to the establishment of a powerful new bank and speculation on the stock market; Saccard meanwhile conducts his love life as energetically as he does his business, and his empire is seemingly unstoppable.

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