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    Madame de Renal, a wealthy heiress who married the mayor of Verrieres, suddenly finds herself in love with handsome young Julien Sorel, her children's penniless but ambitious new tutor. After a lifetime of complying with all the social rules of French high society, the unassuming Madame de Renal has always regarded true love as the height of immorality, or the subject of fanciful novels. But after meeting the mysteriously charming Julien, both of their lives are transformed in unimaginable ways. Praised for its unflinching look at the hypocrisy of romantic conquests, Stendhal's The Red and the Black remains one of the 19th century's most affecting and passionate novels, and a major influence on modern fiction.
    Public Domain (P)2011 Recorded Books

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    "Of all the instruments that have ever been used for sketching or writing, Stendhal's traces the most delicate line." (Andre Gide)

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Erez
    • 29/05/2008

    Almost perfect

    In one sense, there's no denying this book is a masterpiece. It seems as though Stendhal set out to dazzle the reader with his incredible understanding of human nature, and that he did. However, looking back at the audiobook after a few weeks have passed, I find it difficult to remember the actual plot. So in that sense, I feel as though the novel could have been a better novel. Nevertheless, I would certainly recommend it for the sheer psychological depth. And, as audiobooks go, the narration on this one is top-notch.

    As for the complaints about audio quality in some of the earlier comments: this has apparently been fixed, and the quality is perfectly acceptable.

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • IPod junkie
    • 25/02/2008

    Thanks, Audible.com!

    When I first purchased this book, I did not realize how poor I would find the sound quality...see my previous review.

    However, now Audible.com has found a recording with the highest possible sound rating...a "4".
    This is a vast improvement!

    The Red and the Black is a true 19th. Century classic. I think you will find your time rewarded.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Elisa
    • 07/03/2006

    I wish it was better...

    I really wanted to listen to this book, but the audio quality was prohibitive...
    I hope that audible will find a better recording at some point, as this is great book.

    22 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Born to Win
    • 20/01/2010

    Perfectly Charming Rendition

    My download sounded just dandy. Davina Porter reads well, and her charming accent lends a delightful touch to this rendition of "The Red and the Black."

    Of all the books I read in college, this is the most memorable. Although many of the reviews I read here are unflattering, do not be deceived. If you enjoy wit, intrigue, and have a taste for period pieces, you will not be disappointed.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Andrew M. Collins
    • 28/02/2010

    a great classic, well read

    Strange, brilliant, and psychologically acute, Red and the Black is a masterpiece. Well read by Porter.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 30/03/2007

    Better listen up

    The audio quality is so poor that you cannot unterstand this audio book. it's a shame as I have always loved it and would love to hear it. Do not bother to download unless they redo it.

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    • Mary
    • 14/10/2012

    Greatest French Novel? Surely Not!

    As an early adopter of audio, I started when classics were most of what was available and it was fortuitous because it caused me to re-read most of the great books and realize how much more they had to offer than I had got from them in callow youth. Recently I realized this was one I had missed and I was excited, knowing many consider it the greatest French novel.

    Having finally got through it, I must say I am disappointed. It wasn't a terrible book. It was probably quite advanced in its day, just like they say. It was one of the first to dramatise the inner life of a rather undistinguished person. Trouble is, so many have done that since and so much better, that doesn't score many points with a modern reader.

    The hero, Julian Sorel, is a carpenter's son who aspires to elevate himself to the upper middleclass, mostly by sleeping with the right women. But he is not dashing or amusingly scoundrely, he is insecure, self-absorbed and generally unappealing. His chief assets are a freakish memory and matinee-idol looks. He does get on, mostly thanks to friends (especially women) who are a lot better than he is, but screws up all his chances due to his own weak character and lack of sense. By the time the book ends the reader is glad to see the end of him. The book is touted for its satirical view of 19th C. French society but that is very much in the background of the hero's struggle and not neary so vivid or amusing as in almost any novel by Balzac. I was throughly captivated by Pere Goriot and Cousin Bette, but found the Red and the Black a slog.

    I didn't notice anything wrong with the quality of the sound or reading.

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      2 out of 5 stars
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    • Regan
    • 09/10/2010

    Missing the Appeal of This One

    I got this as a book club read and was glad to see the narration by Davina Porter as she's very good. Unfortunately, through no fault of Porter's, this book falls flat. Truthfully, no one in my book club much liked it and most of us didn't finish. The central character is a self-centered prat and the author doesn't do much to make the reader care about what happens to him one way or the other. This book is notable more as a "first" than an enduring classic: It's considered the first "psychological" novel, a book that's more character study and focused more on the protagonist's thoughts than on the action or plot. It's a style that doesn't appeal to me, but even if you do like it, you'd do better with other works like Madame Bovary, etc.

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    • Janet
    • 25/12/2008

    Very bad audio

    Audible should remove this from its sales list. It was not understandable enough to listen to.

    6 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

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      2 out of 5 stars
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    • Robbie P.
    • 04/04/2018

    Exhausting

    I love Davina Porter and I like long books of historical fiction. These are the reasons for purchasing this book. Although Porter delivered, the book becomes boring, with repetitive and loooonnnggg descriptions of characters feelings and mind set.

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    • Mathis
    • 20/05/2019

    One of the best books I've heard

    Psychological depth and a keen awareness of the omnipresent perils of society make this book marvelous.