In Madame Bovary, one of the great novels of 19th-century France, Flaubert draws a deeply felt and sympathetic portrait of a woman who, having married a country doctor and found herself unhappy with a rural, genteel existence, longs for love and excitement. However, her aspirations and her desires to escape only bring her further disappointment and eventually lead to unexpected, painful consequences. Flaubert’s critical portrait of bourgeois provincial life remains as powerful as ever.
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Juliet Stevenson is such an excellent narrator. Her readings are at a perfect pace and her character interpretations are always wonderful. Ms. Stevenson's understanding of the text and intelligence make listening a joy. I become so lost in the characters she portrays that I forget it is one person reading! Can't say Emma Bovary is a favorite character, but her self-centeredness and vacuousness come through in the dialogue as read by the narrator.
I can understand why this novel is so well known. The writing (and this translation) draw you in. But the characters are not sympathetic and I don't understand why Emma Bovary is so empty and why she expresses no remorse at the end of the novel. I feel for her clueless husband and especially for her daughter Berthe.
I'm a teacher in Florida who loves to listen to books whenever possible! I enjoy listening to classics in audiobook format. Happy reading!
Fairly high. I liked the performance, and while I hated the heroine, the story was good.
When Emma suffers for what she has done. I didn't like her much.
I liked her inflections for the various characters. It brought things to life. Also, I am terrible at imagining French pronunciations!
I may or may not have hissed "YESSSS!" when she was indicted.
Does disliking Emma make me a bad feminist?
firstly, it's one of those books that you simply must read in your life.
why? because if you are a true literary buff - you need to know your basics - and this novel (along with: crime and punishment, portrait of a lady, father guiro and such) is what it is....
Secondly, the novel has all the traits a classic novel has: too many characters, too detailed of a story, long period of time, you can really picture and vividly imagine the surroundings down to the petal color of the daisies.
....so it's a bit tedious at points, not to mention a tiny bit boring, long and over-bearing, but again, it's basics, so you must go thru it, and it's not that bad once you see the beauty in it.
thirdly, the narrator, is fabulous!
the story came alive, and i found myself liking or disliking the characters as Mrs. Stevenson went on.
so to summarize: it's good to have this book in your repertoire, but if you are looking for an easy-read (easy-listening in this case) you might not find what you are looking for.
Juliet Stevenson is the BEST reader I've ever heard on an audiobook (and I've been listening for a year or more). She takes on many voices, she reads with grace and elegance, and she gives full characterization to situations and people in the narrative. The story, however, is painfully tedious. I never would have finished reading this book myself -- I would have tossed it across the room. But, listening to Stevenson made some pleasure out of a tedious tale. I'm looking to see if she's read anything worth hearing.
This was a wonderful read. I will seek more books by Gustave Flaubert! It is a vacation into another world and another time.
The story takes a long time to set up. I almost gave up at the halfway point. However, when the action begins it is a roller coaster to the end. Juliette Stevenson is excellent, as usual.
It was interesting to hear a story about the many forms of love and its consequences. The topics in the story are so relevant today, so it's fascinating to see how love & lust have been around since the beginning of time & this version written in 1857 shows that. The book does not wrap things up with a nice ending, so it can be a little melancholy, but it is very well written & performed. It makes listening to this classic a joy.
Yes, it is studded with gems -- large and small observations about the human condition, petty greed and mendacity rewarded and the astonishing capacity of humans for self-deception. How could you pass up "every notary bears within him the debris of a poet"? Makes you look at that boring pinstriped guy on the train differently.
It assuaged my guilt about not having read it as text. (I admit.)
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