The Red and the Black

  • by Stendhal
  • Narrated by Davina Porter
  • 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Madame de Renal, a wealthy heiress who married the mayor of Verrieres, suddenly finds herself in love with handsome young Julien Sorel, her children's penniless but ambitious new tutor. After a lifetime of complying with all the social rules of French high society, the unassuming Madame de Renal has always regarded true love as the height of immorality, or the subject of fanciful novels. But after meeting the mysteriously charming Julien, both of their lives are transformed in unimaginable ways. Praised for its unflinching look at the hypocrisy of romantic conquests, Stendhal's The Red and the Black remains one of the 19th century's most affecting and passionate novels, and a major influence on modern fiction.

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What the Critics Say

"Of all the instruments that have ever been used for sketching or writing, Stendhal's traces the most delicate line." (Andre Gide)

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Thanks, Audible.com!

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.
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- IPod junkie

Almost perfect

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.
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- Erez

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books