By Honore de Balzac.
Translated by Marion Ayton Crawford.
Abridged by Sally Marmion.
Balzac's classic novel exposes the heights and depths of Parisian mores and morality and the bitter taste of filial disloyalty.
Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Amongst the residents in a Parisian boarding house are an old corn merchant fallen on hard times, and a young student with bounding ambition, whose lives are destined to inter-twine.
Eugene de Rastignac sets out to conquer Parisian society and gets a glimpse into Old Goriot's heart.
Eugene de Rastignac makes a faux-pas and a vital friendship; and learns the truth about Goriot's relationship to the young women who visit him.
Temptation threatens to undermine Eugene's more virtuous plans to seduce a rich woman.
The friendship between Old Goriot and the student Eugene de Rastigac deepens, and Eugene's romantic plans advance.
As Eugene's relationship with Goriot's daughter, Madame de Nucingen, deepens, temptations are all around him.
An extraordinary day at Madame Vauquer's as Vautrin's cover is blown.
As Eugene's prospects brighten further, Goriot's unconditional love for his daughters is once more put to the test.
Goriot's heart is strained to breaking point.
Eugene understands the real nature of Paris and the society which he is determined to conquer.