Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Emile Zola

Narrated By: Frederick Davidson

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2006

Duration: 17 hours 39 minutes


In the Maheus family, the father and three of seven children work brutal hours to extract coal far beneath the earth amid hazards of landslides, fire, poisoned air, and poisoned health. Then comes the idea of a workers' revolt, and soon the settlement is aflame. Zola chronicles the conflicts, lusts, and deprivation of life in the coal fields of nineteenth-century France.


  • Laurajean

    I wanted to like this book, but couldn't find a reason to continue my time investment into listening to the story.

  • Amanda in California

    Interesting book, but takes quite a commitment. This book is about a nineteenth-century French coal-mining town’s experience when they follow a young man’s revolutionary ideas. The build up is long and trying due to the multitude of characters with similar French names, not to mention the British narrator. Listening to it in the car takes a lot of concentration.


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