Bel Ami

  • by Guy de Maupassant
  • Narrated by John McDonough
  • 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Guy de Maupassant is revered for his naturalistic fiction, which brilliantly captures flesh-and-blood characters as it evokes the most telling details of everyday life. Considered one of the finest French novels ever written, Bel Ami follows journalist Georges Duroy and his increasing stature among the Paris elite. With an immense thirst for power, Georges is not above an almost gleeful use of wealthy mistresses to achieve his ends.

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A Great Listen

I loved listening to this book. It is so beautifully written, so evocative, the characters flawed and real.
The narrator is excellent, perfect for this piece. I would definitely recommend Bel Ami.
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- caroline

Maupassant in American

Would you try another book written by Guy de Maupassant or narrated by John McDonough?

A North American translation and North American accent are barriers to accessing Maupassant's novel. In addition, French pronunciation is lamentable - remember when you think you're in Caen you're really in Cannes and 'Jock' Rival is really a Frenchman called Jacques......On the plus side John McDonough reads expressively and intelligently at a sensible pace.


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- Philip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-06-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books