Listening to Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, (Maybe) the Longest Audio Book Ever Made

I’m impressed by the undertaking. Neville Jason and Naxos Audio Books have completed an unabridged audio version of Proust’s epic, seven-part novel, Remembrance of Things Past. Proust published the first volume, Swann’s Way, one hundred years ago, in 1913, and completed the last volume, Time Regained, fourteen years later, in 1927. By that time, Proust had a masterpiece on his hands — a very long masterpiece. The classic (available in our collection of Free eBooks) spans some 3,000 pages and contains more than 1.5 million words. Until now, Remembrance of Things Past has never been available in an unabridged audio format, perhaps because it would amount to the longest audio book ever made (or something approaching that). But Neville Jason has pulled it off, producing a 151-hour recording that’s now available on Audible.com. Below, we’ve provided seven free audio excerpts (one from each volume), and if you care to sign up for Audible’s 30-Day Free Trial, you can download any one volume for free. And, keep in mind, whenever someone signs up for a free trial, it helps support Open Culture. If Proust isn’t your cup of tea, you can find many other great works in our collection of 525 Free Audio Books.

Swann’s Way 

Within a Budding Grove

The Guermantes Way 

Sodom and Gomorrah

The Captive 

The Fugitive 

Time Regained

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  • William

    I think the recording of Durant’s Story of Civilization might contend as a longer audiobook; anyway, it’s great to see a complete audiobook of Proust’s opus, since I’ve always wanted to read / hear it. I don’t like the narrator much though; I wonder if I will be able to get used to it…. I wish Guidall finished the series instead of falling out after the first volume :(

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