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Publisher's Summary

In Balthazar, the second volume in Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, the story and the characters come more clearly into focus. Darley, the reflective Englishman, receives from Balthazar, the pathologist, a mass of notes which attempt to explain what really happened between the tempestuous Justine, her husband Nessim, Clea the artist, and Pursewarden the writer.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Lawrence Durrell's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview – where James Atlas interviews Daniel Mendelsohn about the life and work of Lawrence Durrell – begins as soon as the audiobook ends.
©1958 Lawrence Durrell (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Lawrence Durrell's Justine was certainly one of the finest novels of the last ten years. If anything, Balthazar is more convincing... Durrell is moving up, onto the highest levels of the novelist's art." (The Nation)
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By Amazon Customer on 07-15-17

horrible narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I could hardly understand the narrator when he did different characters. It was way over done. It really ruined the beloved series for me.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jack Klaff’s performances?

NO!

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By Daniel on 02-03-12

transcendent prose, maturing plot and characters

A new layer of history, interpersonal intricacies, told through another point of view, was added to the characters of Justine, while the persona of the city Alexandria and theme of love and desires permeates and ferments like aged wines. Durrell's masterly prose is further enriched by germinating characters and maturing plots.

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By p m wootton-davies on 02-16-15

Good listening

A fascinating story, made easier by being read, as it was hard to read oneself in cold blood. The narrator has a very good way of differentiating between the characters and bringing them to some sort of life.

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By Amy on 06-02-16

Listen to sample!

Found the reader's voice took the pleasure out of this book, have read before and looked forward to listening, very disappointed.

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