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Bel Ami, or The History of a Scoundrel

Gelesen von Martin Geeson

(4,486 Sterne; 37 Bewertungen)

“He had faith in his good fortune, in that power of attraction which he felt within him - a power so irresistible that all women yielded to it.”

Though firmly set in 1880s Paris, Maupassant's gripping story of an amoral journalist on the make could, with only slight modifications of detail, be updated to the 1960s, to the Reagan-Thatcher years, or maybe to the present day. Anti-hero Georges Duroy is a down-at-heel ex-soldier of no particular talent. Good-looking but somewhat lacking in self-confidence, he discovers an ability to control and exploit women - whereupon his career in journalism takes off, fuelled by the corruption of colleagues and government arrivistes. He may be a provincial Don Juan, but he is neither accident-prone nor heading for a fall...

A Hollywood screen adaptation is in preparation at the time of recording. (Summary by Martin Geeson)

(8 hr 15 min)

Chapters

01 - Poverty

28:00

Read by Martin Geeson

02 - Madame Forestier

25:20

Read by Martin Geeson

03 - First Attempts

20:03

Read by Martin Geeson

04 - Duroy Learns Something

17:18

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05 - The First Intrigue, part one

16:18

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06 - The First Intrigue, part two

16:06

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07 - The First Intrigue, part three

14:29

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08 - A Step Upward, part one

16:04

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09 - A Step Upward, part two

21:23

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10 - A Duel with an End

25:34

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11 - Death and a Proposal

36:34

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12 - Marriage, part one

17:47

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13 - Marriage, part two

19:24

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14 - Jealousy

14:11

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15 - Mme Walter Takes a Hand, part one

14:52

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16 - Mme Walter Takes a Hand, part two

16:53

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17 - A Meeting and the Result

21:36

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18 - Madame Marelle, part one

22:15

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19 - Madame Marelle, part two

13:32

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20 - The Will

23:33

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21 - Suzanne, part one

18:05

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22 - Suzanne, part two

17:49

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23 - Divorce

18:31

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24 - The Final Plot

19:40

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25 - Attainment

20:03

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Bewertungen

Very enjoyable

(5 Sterne)

This is a great yarn. The reader has an usual style, he almost sounds surprised at every sentence but don't let that put you off. Once you become accustomed to his intonation, he is actually rather wonderful. He does dialogue brilliantly and his French pronunciation is very correct albeit with an English accent. Great stuff!

(5 Sterne)

This is a well read text for anyone whose mind easily wanders. The reader varies his pitch in a way that is a little exaggerated but appreciated by scatter brains like me, and reads clearly and slowly. It also does not hurt that he has quite a decent French accent.

(3 Sterne)

Rather odd stress points in the reading; however, that's preferable to a monotone. Beautiful pronunciation of the French.

Martin Gleeson is a great narrator. He does a great job!

(5 Sterne)

(5 Sterne)

Very intriguing story. High audio quality.