Useless Beauty

  • by Guy de Maupassant
  • Narrated by Walter Zimmerman
  • 0 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Guy de Maupassant is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. In this Useless Beauty ( L'Inutile Beauté ) a woman who is being kept at home by a jealous husband as a "trophy," finally reaches her limit to the astonishment of her husband.


Audible Editor Reviews

Guy de Maupassant's story "Useless Beauty"  is performed with elegance by Walter Zimmerman. Maupassant is a master at depicting the intricacies of human nature - in this case, listeners are drawn into the drama of a beautiful French housewife in the early 19th century, who is condemned by her husband to the "penal servitude of childbearing". The audio begins with the countess finally rebelling against her captor - revealing that one of their seven children is not his - an affair, she exclaims, was the only way by which she was able to go against his authority. Zimmerman draws listeners into the irresistible drama with a deliberately paced, elegant performance. Timing, both in composition and performance, are key to this audiobook's genius.


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Customer Reviews

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Almost Great Maupassant Short

This is the best Maupassant short story I have listened to so far, and it is quite good except for a boring philosophical preach in the middle of the story. Otherwise I really enjoyed the characters, prose and narration. This particular story has aged very well and with 46 minutes at 95 cents I would recommend this one.
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- Michael

Great Story

A very good short story with an interesting twist~those Edwardian ladies had their special way of getting what they wanted. Wish it had been longer.
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- Joanna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-21-2008
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings