The Red and the Black
- Narrated by: Davina Porter
- Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-03-99
- Language: English
- Publisher: Recorded Books
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By IPod junkie on 02-25-08
When I first purchased this book, I did not realize how poor I would find the sound quality...see my previous review.
However, now Audible.com has found a recording with the highest possible sound rating...a "4".
This is a vast improvement!
The Red and the Black is a true 19th. Century classic. I think you will find your time rewarded.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
By Erez on 05-29-08
In one sense, there's no denying this book is a masterpiece. It seems as though Stendhal set out to dazzle the reader with his incredible understanding of human nature, and that he did. However, looking back at the audiobook after a few weeks have passed, I find it difficult to remember the actual plot. So in that sense, I feel as though the novel could have been a better novel. Nevertheless, I would certainly recommend it for the sheer psychological depth. And, as audiobooks go, the narration on this one is top-notch.
As for the complaints about audio quality in some of the earlier comments: this has apparently been fixed, and the quality is perfectly acceptable.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By Thomas on 09-09-10
A Great Reading
Stephen's review, while offering a general snipe at Stendhal, doesn't really give much information about this specific recording for those who may wish to know if it is a good audio version of the book or not.
I think Davina Porter is one of the best narrators I have ever heard- in an ideal world, every child would have a mother with a voice like this to read them bedtime stories. It may be a personal feeling, but you can check it out for yourself on the sample.
As for the text, it is also top drawer: I had to read the book in French for my degree, and I also read a Penguin edition when I wanted to reread it and was being lazy, and I bought this version for when I was being even lazier and wanted to 'read' the book while jogging etc. The point of this is that I concluded this translation was better than the Penguin one: it is more faithful to the original while at the same time being beautiful to read.
All in all, this version of this novel is a lovely experience and, in my opinion, twenty hours of your life well spent.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Welsh Mafia on 09-12-08
?...a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly 'beautiful' or a large amount of art is in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world.?
Sorry to report that I didn?t suffer any of the above ? drooping eyelids, paucity of will to live, deadening of the buttocks?tempered with intermittent amusement.
Treat with a large dose of Zola followed by a course of Flaubert to be taken after Maupassant
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