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    • Swann's Way

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    Swann’s Way is the first of seven volumes in Remembrance of Things Past. It sets the scene with the narrator’s memories being famously provoked by the taste of that little cake, the madeleine, accompanied by a cup of lime-flowered tea. It is an unmatched portrait of fin-de-siècle France.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life, A User's Manual

    • By Antti on 11-08-13

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Remembrance of Things Past

    • Swann's Way
    • By: Marcel Proust, Scott Moncrieff - translator
    • Narrated by: John Rowe
    • Length: 19 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    Swann's Way is Marcel Proust's literary masterpiece and the first part of the multivolume audiobook Remembrance of Things Past. In the opening volume, the narrator travels back in time to recall his childhood and to introduce the listener to Charles Swann, a wealthy friend of the family and celebrity in the Parisian social scene. He again travels back, this time to the youth of Charles Swann in the French town of Combray, to tell the story of the love affair that took place before his own birth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Masterpiece

    • By Mrs C Sampson-Dunmore on 30-10-16

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Swann's Way (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
    • Length: 20 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When the narrator of Swann’s Way dips a petite madeleine into hot tea, the act transports him to his childhood in the French town of Combray. Out of his Pandora’s box of reflections comes a memory of an old family friend, Swann - a man who was long ago undone by romantic desire and cruel reality. In this reverie lie the insights the author seeks about his own life and ageless truths about the ephemeral nature of emotions, places, and, ultimately, love.

    Regular price: £6.49

    • Within a Budding Grove

    • Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 2
    • By: Marcel Proust, C. K. Scott Moncrieff (translator)
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 25 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th century literature. Within a Budding Grove is the second of seven volumes. The young narrator, experiencing his youthful sexuality, falls under the spell of a group of adolescent girls, succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, and visits a brothel where he meets Rachel. His impressions of life are also stimulated by the painter, Elstir, and his encounter with another girl, Albertine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Humour and Psychology

    • By Antti on 09-09-13

    Regular price: £42.69

    • The Guermantes Way

    • Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 3
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 28 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. The Guermantes Way is the third of seven volumes. The narrator penetrates the inner sanctum of Paris high society and falls in love with the fascinating Duchesse de Guermantes. Proust describes vividly the struggles for political, social, and sexual supremacy played out beneath a veneer of elegant manners. He also finds himself pursued by the predatory Baron de Charlus.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect, Fantastical

    • By Antti on 30-10-13

    Regular price: £42.69

    • In Search of Lost Time (Dramatised)

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: James Wilby, Jonathan Firth, Harriet Walter, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Featuring a fictional version of himself - 'Marcel' - and a host of friends, acquaintances, and lovers, In Search of Lost Time is Proust's search for the key to the mysteries of memory, time, and consciousness. As he recalls his childhood days, the sad affair of Charles Swann and Odette de Crecy, his transition to manhood, the tortures of love and the ravages of war, he realises that the simplest of discoveries can lead to astonishing possibilities.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • BBC does Proust proud

    • By pss on 17-07-11

    Regular price: £18.00

    • Du côté de chez Swann

    • À la recherche du temps perdu lu par de grands acteurs 1
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: André Dussollier, Lambert Wilson
    • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    "Du côté de chez Swann" est à la fois l'ouverture de toute l'œuvre, et un roman complet, pourvu d'une conclusion, certes provisoire, mais dont la désillusion peut paraître, à qui ne lirait pas plus loin, le dernier mot de "La recherche".

    Regular price: £38.19

    • Sodom and Gomorrah

    • Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 4
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 26 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Accidentally witnessing an encounter between the Baron de Charlus and the tailor Jupien, the narrator’s eyes are opened to a world hidden from him until now; he suspects that Albertine is attracted to her own sex.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Change of direction and tone

    • By Welsh Mafia on 02-11-14

    Regular price: £42.69

    • Time Regained

    • Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Lost in the blacked-out streets of Paris during the First World War, Marcel stumbles into a brothel and accidentally witnesses a shocking scene involving the Baron de Charlus. Later, at a reception given by the Prince de Guermates, his meditations on the passage of time lead to his determination to embark on his life's work at last.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Predestined Curtain Falls

    • By Antti on 23-11-14

    Regular price: £32.89

    • À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs

    • À la recherche du temps perdu lu par de grands acteurs 2
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Lambert Wilson
    • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    "À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs" se présente en deux parties : "Autour de Mme Swann", où le héros fréquente les Swann à Paris, et "Noms de pays : le pays", deux ans plus tard, qui dépeint un séjour à Balbec en bord de mer. "Enfin elle, je l'aimais et ne pouvais par conséquent la voir sans ce trouble, sans ce désir de quelque chose de plus, qui ôte, auprès de l'être qu'on aime, la sensation d'aimer."

    Regular price: £38.19

    • La prisonnière

    • À la recherche du temps perdu lu par de grands acteurs 5
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: André Dussolier
    • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "La décroissance du jour me replongeant par le souvenir dans une atmosphère ancienne et fraîche, je la respirais avec les mêmes délices qu'Orphée l'air subtil, inconnu sur cette terre, des Champs Élysées. Mais déjà la journée finissait et j'étais envahi par la désolation du soir. Regardant machinalement à la pendule combien d'heures se passeraient avant qu'Albertine rentrât, je voyais que j'avais encore le temps de m'habiller."

    Regular price: £38.19

    • Le côté de Guermantes

    • À la recherche du temps perdu lu par de grands acteurs 3
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Robin Renucci, Guillaume Gallienne
    • Length: 23 hrs and 4 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

    "Le pépiement matinal des oiseaux semblait insipide à Françoise. Chaque parole des 'bonnes' la faisait sursauter ; incommodée par tous leurs pas, elle s'interrogeait sur eux ; c'est que nous avions déménagé."

    Regular price: £38.19

    • Sodome et Gomorrhe

    • À la recherche du temps perdu lu par de grands acteurs 4
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Guillaume Galienne
    • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Que vis-je ! Face à face, dans cette cour où ils ne s'étaient certainement jamais rencontrés (M. de Charlus ne venant à l'hôtel Guermantes que dans l'après-midi, aux heures où Jupien était à son bureau), le baron ayant soudain largement ouvert ses yeux mi-clos, regardait avec une attention extraordinaire l'ancien giletier sur le seuil de sa boutique, cependant que celui-ci, cloué subitement sur place devant M. de Charlus, enraciné comme une plante, contemplait d'un air émerveillé l'embonpoint du baron vieillissant.

    Regular price: £38.19

    • The Fugitive

    • Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 6
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason’s unabridged recording of the work runs to 150 hours. Marcel's obsessive feelings of possession for Albertine have forced her to flee. It comes as a terrible shock and is followed by further destabilizing news about other friends.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Internalized Flows of Language

    • By Antti on 23-10-14

    Regular price: £29.59

    • Le temps retrouvé

    • À la recherche du temps perdu lu par de grands acteurs 7
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Michaël Lonsdale, Denis Podalydès, André Dussollier
    • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Que celui qui pourrait écrire un tel livre serait heureux, pensais-je, quel labeur devant lui ! Pour en donner une idée, c'est aux arts les plus élevés et les plus différents qu'il faudrait emprunter les comparaisons ; car cet écrivain, qui d'ailleurs pour chaque caractère en ferait apparaître les faces opposées, pour montrer son volume, devrait préparer son livre, minutieusement, avec de perpétuels regroupements de force, comme une offensive, le supporter comme une fatigue.

    Regular price: £38.19

    • The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason’s widely praised abridged version has rightly become an audiobook landmark and now, after numerous requests, he is recording the whole work unabridged which, when complete, will run for some 140 hours. The Captive is the fifth of seven volumes. The Narrator’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment. He suspects she may be attracted to her own sex.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating

    • By Antti on 09-05-14

    Regular price: £36.19

    • Swann's Way

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Published in 1913, Swann's Way is the first of the seven parts of Marcel Proust's masterpiece, Remembrance of Things Past, one of the major achievements of 20-century literature. The narrator discovers that an involuntary memory triggered by some casual action, say, eating a madeleine cake or stooping to remove one's shoe, has the power to recover large areas of the past; and he sets out to resurrect his past life and the people and places that most affected him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • delightful

    • By Rebecca on 07-12-09

    Regular price: £8.49

    • Albertine disparue

    • À la recherche du temps perdu lu par de grands acteurs 6
    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Denis Podalydès
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Comme il y a une géométrie dans l'espace, il y a une psychologie dans le temps, où les calculs d'une psychologie plane ne seraient plus exacts parce qu'on n'y tiendrait pas compte du Temps et d'une des formes qu'il revêt, l'oubli.

    Regular price: £32.29

    • Within a Budding Grove

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: John Rowe
    • Length: 23 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    In the second volume of Proust's great novel, the narrator emerges as an actor in the drama of his own life. Swann has now dwindled into a husband for his former mistress, Odette, and their daughter, Gilberte, becomes the adolescent narrator's playmate and tantalising love object. We move from Paris to the seaside town of Balbec, from ritualised social performances to midsummer spontaneity and from Gilberte to her successor Albertine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "Like floating down a river..."

    • By saly on 09-08-16

    Regular price: £25.99

    • Swann's Way

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Swann's Way is the first novel of Marcel Proust's seven-volume magnum opus In Search of Lost Time. After elaborate reminiscences about his childhood with relatives in rural Combray and in urban Paris, Proust's narrator recalls a story regarding Charles Swann, a major figure in his Combray childhood....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Proust at a gallop

    • By Choosy on 23-11-10

    Regular price: £26.29

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