- In "Boule de Suif", set during the Franco-Prussian war, a group of French citizens attempt to flee Paris, but are detained in a small town unexpectedly by a Prussian officer who is attracted to Boule de Suif, a woman of ill repute. The attraction is not mutual and the Prussian obstinately keeps everyone at the inn. The basic instincts of clergy, middle class, and aristocrat are forced into the open as they plot their escape.
- In "At Sea", two brothers become entangled with the elements and greed aboard a fishing vessel.
- In "An Old Man", a self-centered old man carefully keeps tab of how other residents at his retirement home die.
- In "The Piece of String", when suspicion falls on a villager, he discovers that reputation weighs more heavily than fact.
- "Rust" is a very amusing tale of a hunter who falls in love only to discover a certain problem.
What listeners say about The Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant, Volume 1
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- Sher from Provo
A great find!
I loved these quirky little stories. They are beautifully written, and full of irony. Sometimes they are funny, and sometimes they are sad. Both types teach great lessons. I have to admit I started this book over the moment I finished it the first time--it is short. I'm glad I did because I understood the meaning of the stories so much better the second time. I have volume 4 waiting for me, and I hope to fill in eventually with volumes 2 and 3. What a great find! Charlton Griffin is, of course, one of the best narrators of all time.
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- Amazon Customer
An Oscar for audio books!
Hollywood would be well advised to create a new Oscar category: audio books. I might even begin to watch the Academy Awards show again if there were a chance to see Charlton Griffin hugging one of them golden statues. It might give the by now somewhat weary spectacle what it so badly needs - a touch of class.
6 people found this helpful
- William E. Hendry
Enjoying Re-reads With Different Narrators
I have heard these stories by other narrators in Audible. It is like never having heard them before and so is a delightful re-fill of a master writer. Charlton Griffin has his own unique twist which I enjoy.
- Alicia Czechowski
Stupid! Music blaring along through the narration
Who are the incontinent producers who can't resist spoiling an excellent narration with background music? This fine reading of The Stories of Guy de Maupssant was spoiled for me by the unnecessary, unsuitable and highly disttracting music grinding away. Why can't we have honest straight-forward narration by fine narrators without some egotistical "producer" sticking their incompetent fist in?
5 people found this helpful
With musical accompaniment
The narrator often uses silly voices. There is musical accompaniment at many crucial points.
The stories included are:
Boule de Suif
The Piece of String
An Old Man
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