The Red and the Black, Volume II


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(3.9 stars; 14 reviews)

Stendhal - a German pen-name for a French writer who hated the English. Contemporary to some of the great names of French literature like Balzac and Flaubert, Stendhal is quite often considered a writer that doesn't seem to fit a defined genre. Some say he's a Romantic, others that he's a Modernist and that Le Rouge et Le Noir is the first modern novel. On one point they are all agreed: the novel is a masterpiece that shows a young theology student - Julien Sorel - intelligent, handsome and who is determined to rise above his humble peasant origins. Stendhal presents the reader with a satirical plot that will involve you in passions, intrigues, last-minute reversals and, mostly, the hypocrisy by which society operates. (Summary by sailormoon) (12 hr 15 min)

Chapters

01 - The Pleasures of the Country 30:21 Read by Malone
02 - Entry into society 20:36 Read by Leni
03 - The First Steps 8:20 Read by Leni
04 - The Hotel De La Mole 37:05 Read by Malone
05 - Sensibility and a Great Pious Lady 8:56 Read by Malone
06 - Pronounciation 19:50 Read by Malone
07 - An Attack of Gout 22:22 Read by Malone
08 - What is the decoration which confers distinction? 30:31 Read by Malone
09 - The Ball 24:59 Read by Malone
10 - Queen Marguerite 20:24 Read by Lynne T
11 - A Young Girl's Dominion 12:23 Read by Malone
12 - Is he a Danton? 17:38 Read by Malone
13 - A Plot 26:38 Read by Malone
14 - A Young Girl's Thoughts 17:00 Read by Malone
15 - Is it a Plot? 12:38 Read by madcappe
16 - One o'clock in the morning 16:06 Read by madcappe
17 - An old Sword 11:29 Read by madcappe
18 - Cruel Moments 13:54 Read by madcappe
19 - The Opera Bouffe 24:21 Read by madcappe
20 - The Japanese Vase 15:49 Read by madcappe
21 - The Secret Note 12:35 Read by Chiquito Crasto
22 - The Discussion 19:59 Read by Chiquito Crasto
23 - The Clergy, The Forests, Liberty 19:40 Read by Chiquito Crasto
24 - Strasbourg 15:03 Read by Chiquito Crasto
25 - The Ministry of Virtue 15:40 Read by Chiquito Crasto
26 - Moral Love 8:52 Read by Chiquito Crasto
27 - The finest places in the church 8:02 Read by Chiquito Crasto
28 - Manon Lescaut 10:00 Read by Chiquito Crasto
29 - Ennui 8:27 Read by Chiquito Crasto
30 - A Box at the Bouffes 10:43 Read by Chiquito Crasto
31 - Frighten her 11:27 Read by meridiculous
32 - The Tiger 12:25 Read by Lynne T
33 - The Hell of Weakness 11:23 Read by Rapunzelina
34 - A Man of Intellect 13:51 Read by Rapunzelina
35 - A Storm 13:45 Read by rookieblue
36 - Sad Details 17:11 Read by Lynne T
37 - A Turret 10:06 Read by Rapunzelina
38 - A Powerful Man 13:21 Read by Rapunzelina
39 - The Intrigue 10:24 Read by Rapunzelina
40 - Tranquility 9:30 Read by Rapunzelina
41 - The Trial 20:37 Read by Malone
42 - Chapter 72 14:20 Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet
43 - Chapter 73 15:03 Read by Malone
44 - Chapter 74 21:25 Read by Malone
45 - Chapter 75 20:17 Read by Malone

Reviews

duncalino

(4 stars)

Book gets 5 stars...most of the readers are fabulous but for the end. This is a masterpiece which had me hypnotized throughout volume one and two.....until the final dramatic conclusion when I had to stop listening because of the reader. How can it be that the final conclusion and wrap up of a 2 volume masterpiece is randomly assigned to a reader without regard to the listener experience? I understand and agree that LibriVox should be open to one and all. We are not all meant to readers at the expense of the listeners. Instead of listening I had to get a book and read the end

one of the best books of all time

(5 stars)

This is a great book. I loved it, will read it again probably and think Stendhal was a genius. Heck, even the great Nietzsche thought very highly of him. Amazing detail, a picture of a book. Worth every minute.

I don’t know what to say . . .

(3.5 stars)

To speak much about the story might be a spoiler. Mostly well read, especially by Malone.

(4 stars)

the novel is outstanding but please use narrators that can pronounce,French proper names