Eugénie Grandet

Read by Bruce Pirie

(4.7 stars; 110 reviews)

Eugénie Grandet, first published in 1833, is one of Honoré de Balzac's finest novels, and one of the first works in what would become his large novel series titled La Comédie Humaine. Set in a provincial town in post-Revolutionary France, the story deals with money, avarice, love, and obsession. A wealthy old miser must manage the passion of his innocent daughter, who later has to navigate on her own the treacherous ways of a world in which money is "the only god." Balzac's meticulous use of psychological and physical detail influenced the development of 19th-century literary realism, in the hands of writers such as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, and Henry James. - Summary by Bruce Pirie (7 hr 17 min)


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(5 stars)

This is a truly masterful work of art. It's beautifully read and poetic. Balzac is like a painter. The scenes are poignant and evocative. One of the best dealings with avarice I've come across.

Absolutely perfect reading

(5 stars)

Perfectly delivered reading of Eugenie Grandet. I mean PERFECT. Thank you, Bruce Pirie. I won't go into details, as every detail is, well, perfectly done. :)

Excellent but terribly depressing

(5 stars)

Bruce Pirie is no doubt the perfect reader for this book. I found it to be almost hard to listen to because so many of the characters were self absorbed, mean and almost evil. The three women of the household were the exception. They were so pure of heart and forgiving that it was hard to understand how they could maintain their gentleness.

Balzac would be "Honoré-d"

(5 stars)

Bruce Pirie (narrator) has done Honoré de Balzac, and all lovers of great literature, a laudable service in his beautiful reading of Eugénie Grandet.

Beautifully Told and Read

(5 stars)

Sad but lovely story of love and the ability of the truly innocent to love unconditionally. Narration is exceptional!

Highly Recommend

(5 stars)

Another good book by Honore de Balzac. Excellently read by Bruce Pirie, thank you, JK

Bruce Pirie in his element

(5 stars)

Superb reading of a classic. Very nice translation that still feels fresh.

(5 stars)

Great reader. Good story. Fantàstic descriptions of characters, psycology, econòmics, social expectations. Very good translation