L'Assommoir


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(4.8 stars; 15 reviews)


Émile François Zola (French pronunciation: [emil zɔˈla]) (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was an influential French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism. More than half of Zola’s novels were part of a set of twenty novels about a family under the Second Empire collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart.

L’Assommoir (1877) is the seventh novel in the series. Usually considered one of Zola’s masterpieces, the novel—a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris—was a huge commercial success and established Zola’s fame and reputation throughout France and the world. (Summary edited from Wikipedia)

(16 hr 45 min)

Chapters

00 - Author's preface and introduction 25:21 Read by Martin Geeson
01 - Chapter I, part one 17:19 Read by David Lazarus
02 - Chapter I, part two 16:54 Read by David Lazarus
03 - Chapter I, part three 16:53 Read by David Lazarus
04 - Chapter I, part four 17:46 Read by David Lazarus
05 - Chapter II, part one 15:19 Read by Anna Simon
06 - Chapter II, part two 15:37 Read by Anna Simon
07 - Chapter II, part three 14:36 Read by Anna Simon
08 - Chapter II, part four 16:28 Read by Anna Simon
09 - Chapter III, part one 16:56 Read by Martin Geeson
10 - Chapter III, part two 15:42 Read by Martin Geeson
11 - Chapter III, part three 15:49 Read by Martin Geeson
12 - Chapter III, part four 16:20 Read by Martin Geeson
13 - Chapter III, part five 17:01 Read by Martin Geeson
14 - Chapter IV, part one 13:52 Read by David Lazarus
15 - Chapter IV, part two 14:51 Read by David Lazarus
16 - Chapter IV, part three 13:52 Read by David Lazarus
17 - Chapter IV, part four 14:17 Read by David Lazarus
18 - Chapter IV, part five 15:05 Read by David Lazarus
19 - Chapter V, part one 16:31 Read by Martin Geeson
20 - Chapter V, part two 16:41 Read by Martin Geeson
21 - Chapter V, part three 16:42 Read by Martin Geeson
22 - Chapter V, part four 16:46 Read by Martin Geeson
23 - Chapter V, part five 16:06 Read by Martin Geeson
24 - Chapter VI, part one 13:20 Read by Anna Simon
25 - Chapter VI, part two 13:51 Read by Anna Simon
26 - Chapter VI, part three 13:46 Read by Anna Simon
27 - Chapter VI, part four 12:46 Read by Anna Simon
28 - Chapter VI, part five 13:11 Read by Anna Simon
29 - Chapter VII, part one 17:39 Read by David Lazarus
30 - Chapter VII, part two 16:45 Read by David Lazarus
31 - Chapter VII, part three 17:17 Read by David Lazarus
32 - Chapter VII, part four 15:52 Read by David Lazarus
33 - Chapter VII, part five 18:25 Read by David Lazarus
34 - Chapter VIII, part one 16:40 Read by Martin Geeson
35 - Chapter VIII, part two 16:34 Read by Martin Geeson
36 - Chapter VIII, part three 18:01 Read by Martin Geeson
37 - Chapter VIII, part four 16:43 Read by Martin Geeson
38 - Chapter VIII, part five 18:13 Read by Martin Geeson
39 - Chapter IX, part one 18:04 Read by Alan Brown
40 - Chapter IX, part two 15:46 Read by Alex Foster
41 - Chapter IX, part three 16:02 Read by Alex Foster
42 - Chapter IX, part four 14:56 Read by Alex Foster
43 - Chapter IX, part five 15:39 Read by Alex Foster
44 - Chapter X, part one 17:28 Read by Martin Geeson
45 - Chapter X, part two 17:16 Read by Martin Geeson
46 - Chapter X, part three 15:04 Read by Martin Geeson
47 - Chapter X, part four 17:23 Read by Martin Geeson
48 - Chapter X, part five 18:54 Read by Martin Geeson
49 - Chapter XI, part one 17:00 Read by David Lazarus
50 - Chapter XI, part two 16:58 Read by David Lazarus
51 - Chapter XI, part three 16:04 Read by David Lazarus
52 - Chapter XI, part four 17:29 Read by David Lazarus
53 - Chapter XI, part five 17:40 Read by David Lazarus
54 - Chapter XII, part one 16:00 Read by Martin Geeson
55 - Chapter XII, part two 16:21 Read by Martin Geeson
56 - Chapter XII, part three 16:02 Read by Martin Geeson
57 - Chapter XII, part four 18:09 Read by Martin Geeson
58 - Chapter XII, part five 16:29 Read by Martin Geeson
59 - Chapter XIII, part one 18:37 Read by David Lazarus
60 - Chapter XIII, part two 20:14 Read by David Lazarus

Reviews

Joan

(5 stars)

Excellent study of the effects of destitution and abuse on the human psyche. Some parts are painful to listen to. But that is the effect Zola meant to provide. Excellent readers too.

(5 stars)

All fantastic readers who make this book just perfect. Zola at his best and Librivox at their best. Thank you to all the readers for a marvelous job resulting in a wonderful version.

Unreal. I'll have to read Nama at least. Heart wrenching scenes

(5 stars)