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Madame Bovary | [Gustave Flaubert]

Madame Bovary

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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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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    DHW 06-11-14
    DHW 06-11-14
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    "Excellent narrator, beautiful writing"
    Would you listen to Madame Bovary again? Why?

    Yes, parts.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Bloo Florida 07-08-14
    Bloo Florida 07-08-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a teacher in Florida who loves to listen to books whenever possible! I enjoy listening to classics in audiobook format. Happy reading!

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    "An interesting take on morality"
    Where does Madame Bovary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly high. I liked the performance, and while I hated the heroine, the story was good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When Emma suffers for what she has done. I didn't like her much.


    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked her inflections for the various characters. It brought things to life. Also, I am terrible at imagining French pronunciations!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I may or may not have hissed "YESSSS!" when she was indicted.


    Any additional comments?

    Does disliking Emma make me a bad feminist?

    26 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Dixie J. Singer Chagrin Falls, OH, US 08-17-15
    Dixie J. Singer Chagrin Falls, OH, US 08-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    "EXCELLENT!"

    This was a wonderful read. I will seek more books by Gustave Flaubert! It is a vacation into another world and another time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Albert Witts 05-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    Great narration of an exceptional text. The story speaks for itself and Stevenson does a nice job.

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    Diana 08-28-15
    Diana 08-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love is but a fickle thing"

    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.

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    Doubting Tim 08-28-15

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    "Observant narrative beautifully told"
    Would you listen to Madame Bovary again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It assuaged my guilt about not having read it as text. (I admit.)


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    RI in Canada 08-28-15
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    "Stevenson is amazing! Flaubert ... not so much"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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