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Antonin Derues - Celebrated Crimes, book 8

Alexandre Dumas

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the eighth of the series, Dumas explores the depths of a soul, that of Antonin Derues, a man capable of the most amazing hypocrisy, perfidy, and cruelty. He was what we would know today as an extreme sociopath, a man willing to lie, cheat, steal and kill out of overwhelming avarice, with little or not compassion for his victims, or even understanding of what he forced upon them. The place is Paris; the time is just before the Revolution. Dumas has no love for his subject; in several passages he lashes out at him with downright fury, and everywhere spares no pains to show us the worst of him. As is typical of his approach, he bases his story on the facts of the case, but does not hesitate to supply thoughts, words, and actions of his characters out of his imagination, in circumstances where no record of them can possibly exist. Although he lays no stress upon it, his story of the hideous carrier of this infamous criminal also indicts the society of the time; a society in which a man who created a thorough appearance of the forms of religious feeling diverted all attention from his true nature--as shown by his actions. If ever there was a story in which we are happy to see the bad guy get his comeuppance, it is certainly this one. Enjoy!

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the eighth of the series, Dumas explores the depths of a soul, that of Antonin Derues, a man capable of the most amazing hypocrisy, perfidy, and cruelty. He was what we would know today as an extreme sociopath, a man willing to lie, cheat, steal and kill out of overwhelming avarice, with little or not compassion for his victims, or even understanding of what he forced upon them. The place is Paris; the time is just before the Revolution. Dumas has no love for his subject; in several passages he lashes out at him with downright fury, and everywhere spares no pains to show us the worst of him. As is typical of his approach, he bases his story on the facts of the case, but does not hesitate to supply thoughts, words, and actions of his characters out of his imagination, in circumstances where no record of them can possibly exist. Although he lays no stress upon it, his story of the hideous carrier of this infamous criminal also indicts the society of the time; a society in which a man who created a thorough appearance of the forms of religious feeling diverted all attention from his true nature--as shown by his actions. If ever there was a story in which we are happy to see the bad guy get his comeuppance, it is certainly this one. Enjoy!
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To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the eighth of the series, Dumas explores the depths of a soul, that of Antonin Derues, a man capable of the most amazing hypocrisy, perfidy, and cruelty. He was what we would know today as an extreme sociopath, a man willing to lie, cheat, steal and kill out of overwhelming avarice, with little or not compassion for his victims, or even understanding of what he forced upon them. The place is Paris; the time is just before the Revolution. Dumas has no love for his subject; in several passages he lashes out at him with downright fury, and everywhere spares no pains to show us the worst of him. As is typical of his approach, he bases his story on the facts of the case, but does not hesitate to supply thoughts, words, and actions of his characters out of his imagination, in circumstances where no record of them can possibly exist. Although he lays no stress upon it, his story of the hideous carrier of this infamous criminal also indicts the society of the time; a society in which a man who created a thorough appearance of the forms of religious feeling diverted all attention from his true nature--as shown by his actions. If ever there was a story in which we are happy to see the bad guy get his comeuppance, it is certainly this one. Enjoy!

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

4h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:01


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:02


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:02


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:04


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:59


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:04


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:39