Colonel Chabert

Read by Nicole Lee

(3.4 stars; 15 reviews)

Colonel Chabert is a soldier, who goes missing during the Napoleonic wars, and then returns from the dead, most inconveniently for his wife, who has remarried and has gone up in the world. This novella by Balzac lays bare the venality of the French Restoration period. It has been filmed several times, most recently in the 1994 version, starring Gerard Depardieu. - Summary by Nicole Lee (2 hr 2 min)


Part 1 17:04 Read by Nicole Lee
Part 2 17:42 Read by Nicole Lee
Part 3 12:04 Read by Nicole Lee
Part 4 19:01 Read by Nicole Lee
Part 5 19:03 Read by Nicole Lee
Part 6 14:29 Read by Nicole Lee
Part 7 22:45 Read by Nicole Lee


(3 stars)

I so much appreciate LibriVox readers who voluntary put their time and effort into recording for the public for free, but I am afraid I couldn’t understand this reader as she read so quickly and I suppose her accent was a problem for me but nonetheless others didn’t seem to have a problem understanding her so I suppose it’s a case of age with me (I am 80yrs old) and also hard of hearing. As I have listened to all Balzac novels I was looking forward to listening to this one so hope that there will be a 2nd version.

(1 stars)

recording is not very clear that it makes readers words sounds mumbled

(4 stars)

I love Nicole Lee's voice. It is sophisticated and enhances the story. She did a fantastic job on Clarissa Harlow, 8 books! This short tale is beautifully written, pulled me in from the first. Thank you Nicole


(1 stars)

can't be listened to, bad accent, technique, speed and style - please don't do this to your readers Story is not great either!

Balzac portrays another unlucky soul broken by a hard life

(5 stars)

colonel Chabert

(4.5 stars)

A beautifully written tale of love and betrayal!