Eugénie Grandet


Read by Bruce Pirie

(4.7 stars; 52 reviews)

Eugénie Grandet, first published in 1833, is one of Honoré de Balzac's finest novels, and one of the first works in what would become his large novel series titled La Comédie Humaine. Set in a provincial town in post-Revolutionary France, the story deals with money, avarice, love, and obsession. A wealthy old miser must manage the passion of his innocent daughter, who later has to navigate on her own the treacherous ways of a world in which money is "the only god." Balzac's meticulous use of psychological and physical detail influenced the development of 19th-century literary realism, in the hands of writers such as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, and Henry James. - Summary by Bruce Pirie (7 hr 17 min)

Chapters

Part 1 33:24 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 2 38:13 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 3 38:43 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 4 43:00 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 5 26:58 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 6 29:14 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 7 28:07 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 8 34:51 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 9 34:17 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 10 28:52 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 11 28:09 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 12 26:38 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 13 21:58 Read by Bruce Pirie
Part 14 24:49 Read by Bruce Pirie

Reviews

masterful

(5 stars)

This is a truly masterful work of art. It's beautifully read and poetic. Balzac is like a painter. The scenes are poignant and evocative. One of the best dealings with avarice I've come across.

Balzac would be "Honoré-d"

(5 stars)

Bruce Pirie (narrator) has done Honoré de Balzac, and all lovers of great literature, a laudable service in his beautiful reading of Eugénie Grandet.

Beautifully Told and Read

(5 stars)

Sad but lovely story of love and the ability of the truly innocent to love unconditionally. Narration is exceptional!

Bruce Pirie in his element

(5 stars)

Superb reading of a classic. Very nice translation that still feels fresh.

(5 stars)

Excellently read! Lovely read of life depths, and thoughtful display of Balzac literature.

(4.5 stars)

Fives stars for this book. The reading was superb, thank you

(5 stars)

Great reader. evenly paced and clearly pronounced. highly recommend.

brilliant writing perfectly read

(5 stars)

Great literature