Cousin Betty


Read by Bruce Pirie

(4.7 stars; 24 reviews)

Cousin Betty (La Cousine Bette), published in serial format in 1846, was one of the last and greatest of Balzac's works. It was part of his long novel collection titled La Comédie Humaine. Set in mid-19th-century France, it tells the story of a woman who resents her position as a "poor relation." As we follow her schemes to bring ruin upon the more privileged members of her family, we see a society in transition. The stability and idealism of the old order give way to a new bourgeois world in which virtue is strangled in the struggle for power and money. In this novel, Balzac searchingly probes the psychology and motivations of his characters: his work influenced the development of literary realism, as practised by writers such as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Proust, and Henry James. - Summary by Bruce Pirie (17 hr 8 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 9:53 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 2 25:53 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 3 27:40 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 4 27:10 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 5 26:05 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 6 28:27 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 7 24:05 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 8 27:38 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 9 22:01 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 10 22:06 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 11 18:03 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 12 22:31 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 13 26:23 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 14 27:46 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 15 24:57 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 16 17:10 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 17 21:17 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 18 20:30 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 19 25:55 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 20 24:42 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 21 33:46 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 22 31:12 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 23 25:29 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 24 27:13 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 25 27:08 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 26 19:14 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 27 29:02 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 28 31:55 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 29 34:49 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 30 29:16 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 31 40:19 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 32 33:23 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 33 44:03 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 34 28:22 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 35 24:30 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 36 30:39 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 37 28:14 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 38 39:24 Read by Bruce Pirie

Reviews

(5 stars)

Not only hats off, but also a deep bow for a peerless performance, among the best of any audio book I’ve listened to - and I’ve listened to dozens - including those by trained actors with professional production support. This achievement is especially impressive given the length of this novel, the intricacy of the narrative, and the challenge of pronouncing many foreign names and phrases. I enjoyed I want to go to the Forest of Nisene Marks S.P. Near Santa Cruz. The hike I’m looking at is essentially a big loop, probably 8-10 miles, but there are customization options. This will take us to the epicenter of the Loma Prieta Quake and include extensive creekside segments, my favorite. Plan to leave my place at 8. Given distance from SF and fact that these are new-to-me trails, this outing’s probably less than ideal for doing a partial with early departure... Cousin Betty from beginning to end and am very grateful. Thank you so much.

kept me up to the end

(5 stars)

i loved this book. the reader accurately interpreted each chapter. the twists and turns of the plot are unpredictable. each character presented realistic flaws and drove the story. the ending was disappointing but predictable. great book!

Cousin Bette couldn't be better.

(5 stars)

An excellent reading of Cousin Bette. The reader does an exceptional job interpreting the characters to communicate their motivations.

ADS are disgusting!!!

(1 stars)

THE ADS are unforgivable! One of the finest readers, ruined by husling a buck.

really good excellant reader, made it very enjoyable

(5 stars)