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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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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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