• Swann's Way

  • By: Marcel Proust
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-12-01
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (43 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Reading Proust's great work, Remembrance of Things Past, may be daunting, but listening is a riveting experience, an insightful, often funny, poetical exploration of character, place, emotion and idea. In this section, the young narrator recalls the elaborate social etiquette and conventions among Combray's first families. Neville Jason is a master at characterizing the multitude of voices and guides us seamlessly through time. After a sampling of this classic, we are tantalized and long to continue.
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Publisher's Summary

Swann's Way is the first part of Marcel Proust's monumental, seven volume Remembrance of Things Past. Here, Proust's vision, psychological understanding and vivid powers of description combine to create one of the most poetic and magical works in all literature. For lovers of the original text there are new delights to be found in this audiobook version, while those discovering the work for the first time may be surprised to find it so accessible.
©1995 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)1995 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bob Cochrane on 04-06-03

Every moment comes alive

In the movie THE HOURS everybody feels their lives are trivial, so they jump out of windows, etc. What they really needed was to read (or, even better, listen to, Proust). Proust puts the magic in all the trivial bits that make up our lives. He enobles them; we take dignity from them. Where Buddhism teaches "mindfulness", the awareness of each feature of each moment, and the understanding that it will never be repeated just that way again, the rest of us have Proust.
Normally I require a plot in any book I read, but with Proust it's different. We live his life in minute detail. So accurately does he dissect every emotion, reveal every motivation and explore every ramification that we become him. We no more need a plot in this book than we need one in our own lives. Instead we take from his example the ability to see in our own trivial moments the glimmer of literature.
One caveat: It is a pity to abridge this book. There is an unabridged version on the market--expensive, but maybe worth it.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Marc-Andre on 09-24-03

Proust is alive and well

How can you go through life without experiencing Proust?s books? Most people do. But, they are missing a great experience. Can I say, comparable in my mind to climbing the Everest? There is something very intimate about Proust?s writing. Until now, I thought that only reading 3,000 pages of Proust?s magic style could create this perfect experience. However, I was wrong. The ?audible? version does it. Like the radio shows in the 40?s, it lets you create your own images and story line. Imagining Proust?s world and characters is crucial in sustaining your interest for this very complex story. Audio does it. Thank you.

Honestly, when I read Proust, I have a tendency to skip some paragraphs. This is a very bad habit, I know. Audible solves this problem. You have to listen to everything.

Finally, I was listening while reading the e-book unabridged version. Try it. You will like it. Audio just makes Proust more accessible, more understandable, and more enjoyable. You have this feeling of an intimate conversation in a salon, in this beautiful city of Paris and Marcel is talking to you.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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