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    • Thérèse Raquin

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 435
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 369
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      4 out of 5 stars 370

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet ( The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • gripping and vivid

    • By Rebecca on 08-04-12

    Regular price: £14.09

    • Germinal

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "A shuddering volcano"

    • By Rachel Redford on 04-08-15

    Regular price: £64.99

    • The Kill (La Curee)

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Cate Barratt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: £6.89

    • The Mysteries of Marseilles

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Chloe Boyle
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    The elopement of Philippe Cayol, an aspiring liberal, poor and untitled with Blanche De Cazalis, niece of a powerful millionaire and politician sets the stage in this novel full of twists and turns with villains a plenty. Philippe's brother Marius strives to protect the two lovers from the De Cazalis' uncontrolled fury. Although written in his youth Zola's signature style, his indignation about injustice and his vivid characterization of the noble, the wealthy and common man is very evident in this non stop adventure.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect if you want a classic read by a robot

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-04-19

    Regular price: £0.89

    • Nana

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Nana Coupeau is a beautiful woman, able to attract men of enormous wealth with the crook of her finger. Part-time prostitute, part-time actress, she makes her debut in a mediocre operetta The Blonde Venus at the bustling Paris World’s Fair of 1867. She can’t sing, act, or dance, yet she is stunning. Nana soon rockets through elite Parisian society, and, blinded by desire, men crawl to her feet, yielding to her every demand. Affections are manipulated, hearts are broken; fortunes are gutted and inheritances squandered. 

    Regular price: £32.09

    • Germinal

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator spoils it

    • By Alan on 10-11-09

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Le rêve

    • Les Rougon-Macquart 16
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Zelda Perez
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dans son univers clos, Angélique, jeune orpheline recueillie par un couple de brodeurs, les Hubert, confond le rêve et la réalité et se passionne pour la vie des saints. Pour quelle raison les miracles de La Légende dorée ne se produiraient-ils plus ? Innocente dans sa conception de l'amour, elle ne rêve plus que de rencontrer l'image pure et idéale de celui qui l'aimera et qui se dévoilera à elle sans se présenter. Elle tombe éperdument amoureuse de Félicien, jeune ouvrier verrier.

    Regular price: £14.29

    • Au bonheur des dames

    • Rougon-Macquart 11
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Évelyne Lecucq
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Octave Mouret, précurseur inspiré, bouleverse sa corporation comme Haussmann bouleverse la ville. Il parie tout sur les femmes, sur leurs envies et sur leur incapacité à surmonter les tentations.
    Une lui résiste : Denise, incarnation de la vertu et de la générosité. Elle devient une obsession pour cet ogre.

    Regular price: £11.79

    • La Mort d'Olivier Bécaille

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Gérard Goutel
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "C'est un samedi, à six heures du matin que je suis mort après trois jours de maladie. Ma pauvre femme fouillait depuis un instant dans la malle, où elle cherchait du linge."

    Regular price: £7.79

    • Nana

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Damian on 01-03-09

    Regular price: £46.79

    • The Beast in Man

    • By: Emile Zola
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Sex, betrayal, murder and corruption form the basis of this sensational novel by one of the leading French authors of the 19th century. Jacques Lantier is a man with a hereditary homicidal lust. When he sees Roubaud and his wife Severine slit the throat of a wealthy nobleman, it is the catalyst for a string of murders in a convoluted plot full of horror and suspense.

    Regular price: £20.99

    • La bête humaine

    • Rougon-Macquart 17
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Des batignolles à Auteuil, un mécanicien de locomotive erre, le couteau à la main, hanté par une idée fixe : tuer une femme... Dans le train qui mène au Havre, un couple poignarde sauvagement un notable du régime impérial, avant de le jeter sur la voie. À la Croix-de-Maufras, lieu dit reculé, un garde-barrière empoisonne son épouse, dans l'espoir de mettre enfin la main sur son magot.

    Regular price: £17.59

    • Germinal

    • Rougon-Macquart 13
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Éric Herson-Macarel
    • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Étienne Lantier, mécanicien au chômage, erre sur les routes du nord de la France. Au hasard d'une rencontre, frigorifié et mort de faim, il finit par trouver un emploi dans la mine du Voreux. Il découvre alors les conditions inhumaines du travail et la misère de la vie de mineur. Mais, les conditions économiques étant au plus bas, la Compagnie propriétaire du Voreux essaie de baisser encore leurs maigres salaires.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Zola at his best.

    • By Mary Carnegie on 10-02-18

    Regular price: £19.59

    • The Belly of Paris

    • By: Émile Zola, Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator)
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful book badly read

    • By Nicholas on 06-08-16

    Regular price: £22.39

    • L'Assommoir

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Sarah Jalabert
    • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Lorsque "L'Assommoir" a paru dans un journal, il a été attaqué avec une brutalité sans exemple, dénoncé, chargé de tous les crimes. Est-il bien nécessaire d'expliquer ici, en quelques lignes mes intentions d'écrivain ? J'ai voulu peindre la déchéance fatale d'une famille ouvrière, dans le milieu empesté de nos faubourgs. Au bout de l'ivrognerie et de la fainéantise, il y a relâchement des liens de la famille, les ordures de la promiscuité, l'oubli progressif des sentiments honnêtes, puis comme dénouement, la honte et la mort. C'est la morale en action, simplement."

    Regular price: £20.39

    • The Bright Side of Life

    • By: Emile Zola, Andrew Rothwell - translator
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Orphaned with a substantial inheritance at the age of 10, Pauline Quenu is taken from Paris to live with her relatives, Monsieur and Madame Chanteau and their son Lazare, in the village of Bonneville on the wild Normandy coast. Her presence enlivens the household and Pauline is the only one who can ease Chanteau's gout-ridden agony. Her love of life contrasts with the insularity and pessimism that infects the family, especially Lazare, for whom she develops a devoted passion. 

    Regular price: £19.29

    • Nana

    • Rougon-Macquart 9
    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Victor Vestia
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Dans ce roman, on découvre une société dominée par le plaisir et l'argent, le milieu du théâtre parisien au 19ème siècle et de la prostitution, celui de l'aristocratie et de la grande bourgeoisie.À travers le personnage de Nana, jolie fille du ruisseau, prostituée et comédienne sans talent devenue célèbre courtisane, Zola décrit la déchéance d'une femme, et celle de la bonne société qui lui apporte ses amants, mais aussi la fin du Second Empire, qui se rue avec insouciance vers la guerre et la débâcle.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Des goûts et des couleurs

    • By Chiikita on 04-08-17

    Regular price: £25.99

    • J'accuse !

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Jacques Weber
    • Length: 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Quand on enferme la vérité sous terre, elle s'y amasse, elle y prend une force telle d'explosion, que, le jour où elle éclate, elle fait tout sauter avec elle. On verra bien si l'on ne vient pas de préparer, pour plus tard, le plus retentissant des désastres. Zola publie en 1898 l'article "J'accuse !" dans "L'Aurore", pour dénoncer l'incroyable erreur judiciaire portée à l'encontre d'Alfred Dreyfus.

    Regular price: £12.69

    • Money

    • By: Émile Zola, Valerie Minogue (translator)
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    Regular price: £28.99

    • L'Assommoir

    • By: Émile Zola
    • Narrated by: Philippe Lebeau
    • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "L'Assommoir", septième volume de la série "Les Rougon-Macquart" publié en 1877, est considéré comme le plus grand roman d'Émile Zola. L'ouvrage est totalement consacré au monde ouvrier et, selon Zola, c'est "le premier roman sur le peuple, qui ne mente pas et qui ait l'odeur du peuple". L'écrivain y restitue la langue et les mœurs des ouvriers, tout en décrivant les ravages causés par la misère et l'alcoolisme. "L'Assommoir" raconte la grandeur puis la décadence de Gervaise Macquart, honnête blanchisseuse de la Goutte d'Or dans le Paris populaire de 1850.

    Regular price: £27.59

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