Flaubert's extraordinary language thunders through in this excellent English translation of a woman whose ambitious love could not be contained by her out-of-the-way village. The tale excels in subtle characterization of individuals whom you've met before.
Ronald Pickup, the reader, is one of the very best you'll hear. His dramatic intonations give life to the characters and his pronunciation convinces you of authenticity. He's the perfectly complement to Flaubert.
Dumas' narrative is utterly compelling. Though 35 hours, its episodic structure means that you can enjoy it in half-hour sessions. It's an adventure story, dramatic, romantic, and a delightful instruction in 19th century manners. The reader, John Lee, is extraordinary. There is much more to the story than you might have remembered from the old movie. If listened to in the car, you will sit parked for a long while listening to another chapter.
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