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Summary

Business, ambition and fashion all collide in Zola's colourful love story. Set in the hustle and excitement of the expansion of one of Paris' first department stores.

Episode 1: When innocent provincial girl Denise arrives in Paris, she quickly catches the eye of the notorious seducer of women, Octave Mouret. Despite her uncle's disapproval, Denise accepts a job at Mouret's ever expanding department store The Ladies' Delight.

Episode 2: After her dismissal from The Ladies' Delight, Denise is determined to stay in Paris. She rents a room above old Bourras' umbrella shop and quickly sets about trying to find other work. With local shops closing as The Delight expands, the task proves more difficult than she imagined.

By Emile Zola. Dramatised by Carine Adler. Narrated by David Hargreaves. Directed by Stefan Escreet Producer: Charlotte Riches.

©2008 Emile Zola (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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  • Helen
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • 05-12-13

Not as expected

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am a big fan of the BBC drama The Paradise and wanted to find out the roots of the story, however even though I expected vast differences in the tale, it was for me the over dramatisation and sound that distracted from the story. I seemed to rush through the plot and I was left feeling was that it, strange ending!

Was The Ladies' Delight (Classic Serial) worth the listening time?

Yes, for all Paradise Fans, however I would prefer to have heard Emille Zolas words in audio rather than a dramatisation of his work.

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  • m
  • 06-04-17

Amazing

After watching the PBS drama and reading the book I couldn't wait to hear the audiobook version. The audiobook was a perfect blend of the drama and the novel.

The actor's voices brought to life the story and romance that I hooked me in the first place. I'll definitely be hearing this audiobook again!!

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  • Ellen
  • 03-04-14

Smidgen disappointment

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to a friend because it follows the pbs masterpiece show.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The narration was a bit hard to follow.

What three words best describe David Hargreaves’s performance?

Hard to follow.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not at all

Any additional comments?

Good story, short and sweet.