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Nancy

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  • Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Gerard Hopkins (translator)
    • Narrated By Ronald Pickup
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Emma Bovary, a doctor's wife, seeks an escape from her dull life through having extra-marital affairs. Flaubert's novel scandalized its readers when it was first published in 1857, and it remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society.

    A. Laprade-velasco says: "Fantastic Narrator"
    "Not what I expected"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't know if it would have been possible for me ever to rate this a 4 or 5 start book. The plot is slow and tedious, and the narrator didn't help. Perhaps another narrator could have made it more interesting. I was aware, many times, of not enjoying the way in which the narrator read. But then, again, I'm not sure this book would have interested me even if I were actually reading it. It is definitely NOT audiobook material.


    What could Gustave Flaubert and Gerard Hopkins (translator) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    To me, this would have been better as a much shorter book. There is too much drawing out of minutiae. Since I cannot translate French, I can't say what Mr. Hopkins could have done better.


    What didn’t you like about Ronald Pickup’s performance?

    It seemed that in trying to make the reading interesting, he constantly emphasized words of phrases that didn't merit emphasis. This reading was disruptive and annoying.


    What character would you cut from Madame Bovary?

    I didn't have a problem with the number of characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad to be finished with this book. I was determined not to waste a credit so stuck with it to the bitter end. But it's the second worst classic I've chosen. The first was Bleak House.

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