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Publisher's Summary

The Red and the Black is a powerful character study of Julien Sorel, a clever and idealistic young opportunist who attempts to rise above his station through a combination of talent, deception, and hypocrisy. He uses his powers of seduction and charm to secure advancement, only to find himself betrayed by his own passions and outwitted by the larger political and social intrigues of post-Napoleonic France.
Stendhal's rich, nuanced portrait of Julien and early-19th-century France brilliantly anticipates modern literature in its psychological depth and realism.
©2007 Lloyd C. Parks (translation) (P)1998 Phoenix Recordings
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"One of the greatest 19th-century novels." ( Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature)
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4 out of 5 stars
By beatrice on 10-29-09

passion and politics

A very intelligent novel read by a very intelligent narrator. I had downloaded the book despite my quick listen to David Case's voice, which I thought had an affected drawl, but now I'm a convert: I found his characterizations sensitive, and thought his women's voices good. The author is brilliant with people's motivation and insecurities. I enjoyed the book despite being hazy about the natures of Jesuits, Jacobins, and Jansenists; almost 180 years after the book was published, I felt the passion translated better than the politics, but a more educated reader might think the politics the best part. (This is supposedly Al Gore's favorite novel--he might say the political goings-on seemed all too familiar...)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 03-24-10

Audible

Contrary to a previous reviewer, I found the audio file of this book quite clear. Every word was audible.

As for the narrator, David Case, he's quite good here. He brings out Stendhal's humor, especially with his voice of the main character, Julian. I'd gladly listen to this book again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Keith on 05-19-10

Great book, well read

Great book, well read

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