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Madame Bovary Audiobook

Madame Bovary

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Publisher's Summary

Emma Bovary lived in a world of romantic dreams. Her selfish and demanding ways led to a gradual corruption that showed her to be an utterly shallow and quite stupid woman, but her escapades and caprices draw us into her story until the tragic end.

(P)2005 Alcazar AudioWorks

What the Critics Say

"If one were to ask, 'World, which is the most perfect novel ever written?,' the world would immediately answer: Madame Bovary." (Washington Post's Book World)

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    James Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, United States 09-23-07
    James Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, United States 09-23-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Audio Quality and Narrator Distracting"

    I can't fault the text. Madame Bovary is renowned as one of the world's great books.

    But in this instance I felt that the Narrator was poorly matched to the text. Her accent and deadpan delivery would be better suited to a more modern novel as her pronunciation and tone detracted from the precise nature of the language that the author was using to the point that I found it distracting. I managed 2 and half hours before giving up.

    Additionally the quality of the recording is relatively poor, particularly given that it is a 2005 release, which only added to the distraction.

    I'm glad this only cost me one credit I would be very upset if I had paid full price. A Lesson to us all to check the sample recording before finalizing the purchase.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    ogres3 PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 04-29-08
    ogres3 PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 04-29-08 Member Since 2004
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    "seriously marred by narrator"

    The story and characters are unreachable through this narrator. I felt like I was being read to by a sunday school teacher. Several words were mispronounced, which distracted from the story. Occasional lines of dialogue read by other actor/narrators are stilted and unbelievable. I finally had to quit this one after several chapters and will try a different production.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MCK Norwalk, CT 12-24-08
    MCK Norwalk, CT 12-24-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Spare yourself the pain"

    My first review, ever, but I feel compelled to spare others from what I found to be the worst book/reading I've ever encountered. I gave up after Part 1... I don't know if the problem was the work itself because the reading was so bad that I couldn't get past the gimmicky, multi-narrator format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Chapel Hill, New Caledonia 08-05-08
    Sara Chapel Hill, New Caledonia 08-05-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Madam Bovary"

    I have had wonderful luck with audiobook readers until now and have never bothered to listen before buying. But I will do so in future. This narrator reads poorly, mispronounces English words and has an atrocious French accent. It is hard to listen to the book. The translation is not very elegant, but the real problem is with the way it is read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lisa
    Littleborough, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    11/16/08
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    "Try another version."

    Great book but not read well. Whilst an English accent is no more authentic than an American one for a French novel, it still sounds wrong to my British ears.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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