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Madame Bovary | [Gustave Flaubert]

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary is the first novel by French novelist Gustave Flaubert. The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, who abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate love affair.
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Madame Bovary is the first novel by French novelist Gustave Flaubert.

The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, who abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate love affair.

Attacked for obscenity by public prosecutors when it was first serialized in La Revue de Paris between October 1, 1856 and December 15, 1856, it became a best seller when it was published as a book in April 1857, and is widely considered a masterpiece of realism literature and one of the most influential novels ever written.

Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880) was a French writer who is counted among the greatest Western novelists.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

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    Hans-Georg Brooklet , GA, USA 12-09-09
    Hans-Georg Brooklet , GA, USA 12-09-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A decent bargain"

    This audiobook offers good value for money, but for those who want a production with better sound quality and fewer slips of the tongue I'd recommend one of the pricier choices.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Naples, NY, United States 07-15-10
    Beverly Naples, NY, United States 07-15-10 Member Since 2010
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    "An Enjoyable Listen"

    This was a rather casual reading of Madame Bovary, with page turning and occasional sips of water evident on the narrator's end. This did not detract from the enjoyment of this classic book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Arlington, VA, United States 12-27-11
    Michele Arlington, VA, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not worth it"
    What disappointed you about Madame Bovary?

    Madame Bovary disappointed me about Madame Bovary. Thought her character was selfish, wasteful and the major problem with society. She had everything but didn't see it and gave up on herself and others.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would like to have seen Mr. Bovary stand up to her and not let her get away with so much. He really couldn't have been that blind. I also would like to have seen Madame Bovary pay for her actions. Wish their daughter would have somehow told her off or something.


    What didn’t you like about John Richmond’s performance?

    I enjoyed John Richmond's actual performance, but had such a hard time hearing him most of the time that I feel I missed some parts. His hushed tones were really quiet. The quality of the recording left a lot to be desired as I was listening to the book in my car, through the speakers and had to have it on max and STILL had a hard time hearing when I went above 30. GET A DIFFERENT VERSION!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The book made me angry and embarrassed to be of the same gender as someone so self-centered and lazy.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Good reading..."

    ...unfortunately I hated the story.

    The production values are evidently a little low on this title but the narrator is engaging. Sadly the characters are not. I will certainly look for other titles by the same company, but definitely don't feel after hours of listening that I have just listened to a classic. Flaubert is talented and there are many moments of flair and great insight into human nature and relationships (as well as many, many skilled descriptive passages) - unfortunately there is only a single character in the whole book I cared about, and even they had an unhappy ending. It is a shame in a world so vividly realised (the attention to detail is astonishing - unfortunately after so many hours this bloats the book too).

    I should have been warned having previously seen the television adaptation how depressing the book would be, however in hindsight I was not at all prepared.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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