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Justine

Volume 1
Narrated by: Susan Penhaligon
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
3 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Summary

The Marquis De Sade completed the first draft of Justine Volume 1, a powerful and compelling descent into the realms of sexual perversity and sado masochism, during two weeks in 1787 while a prisoner in the Bastille.

Sexual degradation, humiliation and erotic pain are eloquently and openly explored in a novel that was to become the most famous and infamous of all de Sade's work.

Despite six reprints the book's candor and sexual explicitness outraged the French establishment so much so that both de Sade and his publisher were arrested and instructed to relinquish any further copies and manuscripts in their possession. Today Justine Volume 1 remains a quintessential chronicle of unspeakable carnal desires.

This production is read by Susan Penhaligon who will be very familiar for her television work amongst which 'Casualty', 'Upstairs Downstairs', and 'Bergerac' take their place alongside her ground breaking role in 'Bouquet of Barbed Wire'.

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  • Livingston
  • 16-09-11

The philosophies of De Sade shown clearly.

I can defiantly see De Sade's philosophies alive in this work of fiction. The erotic atrocities depicted in the text would be very unpalatable if it were not for his clever use of language to soften these deeds; capturing the reader with his words making one actually forget that the vicious acts depicted are just that... The reader is sucked into this tale; and not just for the pity of the wretched misfortunes suffered by poor young Justine... 

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  • Debbie G.
  • 19-04-16

Poor Justine not a very smart nor lucky girl.

What did you love best about Justine?

It is not a book that one grows to love. It is disheartening through and through.

Have you listened to any of Susan Penhaligon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to her before.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No justice for Justine.

Any additional comments?

This was mostly a political commentary. Deceit, corruption and lack of justice for the common person, only the corrupt and criminal make good, abuse of power and taking advantage of the weak run amuck. Not a very enlightening tale. And poor Justine never seemed to learn. Walking from one bad situation into another.

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  • Lindsay
  • 08-10-09

Beautifully Told

This was a very interesting story well told!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-01-18

entertaining

Merely a playground for the author. Yet, its descriptions are just as exquisite as they are vicious. Leaves a lot to be desired, but worth it for such a short book.

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  • Marcel hate captchas
  • 17-09-12

got too violent

Would you try another book from Marquis De Sade and/or Susan Penhaligon?

doubt it

Has Justine turned you off from other books in this genre?

probably . book was mentioned by shaman in an interview .. but is just too violent and abusive to finish

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disgust at the abuse

Any additional comments?

would like to return it

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  • David A. Jones
  • 12-12-14

Don't waste your time on this book. It is awful

Would you try another book from Marquis De Sade and/or Susan Penhaligon?

Absolutely not

Has Justine turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator did a fine job.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Justine?

Pretty much everything.

Any additional comments?

This book is not worth any listening time

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