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  • Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert,Lydia Davis (translator)

    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (translator)
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth-century bourgeois France, Madame Bovary is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman’s gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the man of science, escapes the author’s searing castigation, and it is the book’s final profound irony that only Charles, Emma’s oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace.

    Esther says: "Ironic, humorous, and restrained"
  • Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Kate Petrie
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    Madame Bovary is a lurid tale of unremorseful adultery and violent emotions set against the background of the stupefying, boring provincial town of Yonville in Normandy. The book is a biting criticism of entitlement and living beyond one's means.

    Ivan says: "Spectacular Narration of a Great Classic"
  • Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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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

    DHW says: "Excellent narrator, beautiful writing"
  • Sentimental Education | Gustave Flaubert

    Sentimental Education

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
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    Frederic Moreau is a law student returning home to Normandy from Paris when he first notices Mme Arnoux, a slender, dark woman several years older than himself. It is the beginning of an infatuation that will last a lifetime. He befriends her husband, an influential businessman, and their paths cross and re-cross over the years. Through financial upheaval, political turmoil, and countless affairs, Mme Arnoux remains the constant, unattainable love of Moreau’s life.

    W Perry Hall says: "When Crimes of Passion Were All the Fashion"
  • Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Julie Christie
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    The refusal to settle for what life has dealt you and the consequences of trying to change it is a theme which hasn’t altered much in the last 150 years, and the astonishing beauty and challenge of Madame Bovary is as electric today as it was then. Very few books have created this much outrage and adoration.

  • Three Best French Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant, Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert | Guy der Maupassant,Gustave Flaubert,Honoré der Balzac

    Three Best French Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant, Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Guy der Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert, Honoré der Balzac
    • Narrated By Katie Haigh, Paul Edwards
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    Enjoy the short stories of three of the greatest writers of French literature, for the first time assembled together in audiobook and narrated in a lively way. Guy de Maupassant was an absolute master of the short story genre, delighting in clever plotting, concise style, and efficient storytelling, which he used to produce stunning pieces in a very condensed format. He produced more than 300 short stories; we selected for you nine of the most bizarre, influent, humorous or plain shocking.

  • Madame Bovary (Dramatized) [Russian Edition] | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary (Dramatized) [Russian Edition]

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Alisa Koonen, Evgeny Vesnik, Georgy Yanikovsky, and others
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    Spektakl' po romanu velikogo francuzskogo pisatelja Gjustava Flobera (1821 - 1880). Vpervye roman byl napechatan v 1856 godu. Schitaetsja odnim iz shedevrov mirovoj literatury. Glavnaja geroinja romana - Jemma Bovari, zhena vracha, zhivushhaja ne po sredstvam i zavodjashhaja vnebrachnye svjazi v nadezhde izbavit'sja ot pustoty i obydennosti provincial'noj zhizni…

  • Madame Bovary: Explication de texte (Collection Facile à Lire) | Gustave Flaubert,René Bougival

    Madame Bovary: Explication de texte (Collection Facile à Lire)

    • ABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, René Bougival
    • Narrated By Laurence Wajntreter, Philippe Carriou
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    "Facile à lire" est une collection de titres qui vous entraîne à la découverte des grandes œuvres classiques de la littérature française. Cet outil pédagogique est destiné à accompagner les lycéens dans leurs études. Plus généralement, elle s'adresse à tous les amoureux de la littérature qui souhaitent revisiter ou découvrir de façon ludique nos grands classiques.

  • Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Alain Lawrence
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    Issue de la bourgeoisie, Emma Bovary est élevée dans un couvent, où elle fera son "éducation sentimentale" en lisant les œuvres romantiques à la mode. Son mari, Charles Bovary, ne ressemble en rien aux amants mystérieux et délicats de ses lectures : c'est un officier de santé qui exerce dans un village normand où Emma, confrontée à la réalité de la vie quotidienne, va peu à peu perdre pied.

    Matt H. says: "Excellent book"
  • Madame Bovary [Spanish Edition] | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary [Spanish Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Elisabet Egea
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    Madame Bovary narra la oscura tragedia de Emma Bovary, una mujer infelizmente casada, cuyos sueños chocan cruelmente con la realidad. Al hechizo que ejerce la figura de la protagonista hay que añadir la sabía combinación argumental de rebeldía, violencia, melodrama y sexo.

  • Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Bobbie Frohman
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    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.

    James says: "Audio Quality and Narrator Distracting"
  • A Sentimental Education | Gustave Flaubert

    A Sentimental Education

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Jonathan Fried
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    Frederic Moreau is a law student returning home to Normandy from Paris when he first notices Mme. Arnoux, a slender, dark woman several years older than himself. It is the beginning of an infatuation that will last a lifetime. He befriends her husband, an influential businessman, and their paths cross and re-cross over the years. Through financial upheaval, political turmoil, and countless affairs, Mme. Arnoux remains the constant, unattainable love of Moreau's life.

  • Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Claude Cyriaque
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    Ce roman n'est pas seulement un drame, c'est un virulent réquisitoire contre la société bourgeoise, contre la médiocrité, contre les conventions, les formules toutes faites et les pensées sur mesure. Si "Madame Bovary" a conservé un immense succès auprès d'un très vaste public, c'est à son caractère profond d'humanité qu'elle le doit. Flaubert a réussi à rendre grand le banal et à donner à ce "cas" un caractère universel.

  • Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Emma Bovary is not content to be the mere dutiful wife of a French country doctor. She yearns for excitement and a sense of romance that pulls at her so strongly she is powerless to resist, even though pursuing her dreams will exact a terrible price. Learn why Gustave Flaubert's compelling heroine has enchanted and puzzled readers for centuries.

    Cynthia K says: "Good narrator, terrible recording"
  • A Simple Soul | Gustave Flaubert

    A Simple Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Anne Hancock
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    "A Simple Soul" is the perfect Gustave Flaubert short story: a tale told in spare, straightforward language full of richly observed details. The "soul" is Felicite, the exemplary servant of the austere Madame Aubin. Orphaned and illiterate, Felicite devotes her life to her mistress and Madame's two children. Her kindheartedness extends to her nephew and a local beggar, but it is seldom reciprocated.

  • Great French and Russian Short Stories, Volume 2 | Leo Tolstoy,Alexander Poushkin,Gustave Flaubert

    Great French and Russian Short Stories, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Poushkin, Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
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    No one plumbs deeper depths of the psyche than French and Russian authors. This second wide-ranging collection of 19th-century literary masterworks, presented in their entirety, not only entertains, but provides insight into 19th-century mores and the mysteries of human nature.

    andrew says: "Great stories, read adequately, usually"
  • Madame Bovary: Classic Collection | Gustave Flaubert,Eleanor Marx-Aveling (translator)

    Madame Bovary: Classic Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Eleanor Marx-Aveling (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    A brilliant psychological portrait, Madame Bovary searingly depicts the human mind in search of transcendence. Acclaimed as a masterpiece upon its publication in 1857, it catapulted Flaubert to the ranks of the world's greatest novelists and ushered in a new age of realism in literature.

    I says: "A masterpiece. The narrator does it justice."
  • A Simple Soul | Gustave Flaubert

    A Simple Soul

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Paul Edwards
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    Gustave Flaubert is one of the major figures of French literature. He was known for his scrupulous devotion to his style, sometimes working for a whole week to achieve a single page; he was made famous by his first novel, Madame Bovary. "A Simple Soul", sometimes translated as "A Simple Heart", is a short story containing a lifetime of human emotions. After her one and only love purportedly marries a well-to-do woman to avoid conscription, the simple servant Félicité picks up work in a widow's house.

    Sharey says: "Disliked the narration"
  • Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert,Gerard Hopkins (translator)

    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Gerard Hopkins (translator)
    • Narrated By Ronald Pickup
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    Before marrying, Emma Bovary believed she would enter a life of luxury and passion like the sentimental stories she'd read in her novels and magazines. Now married to an ordinary country doctor her life is not the romantic ideal she imagined and seeks an escape through having extra-marital affairs. This devastating spiral into deceit and despair leads to catastrophic consequences. Emma Bovary continues to be enjoyed to this day because of its profound humanity, still as fresh today as when it was first written.

    A. Laprade-velasco says: "Fantastic Narrator"
  • Madame Bovary: A Signature Performance by Leelee Sobieski | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary: A Signature Performance by Leelee Sobieski

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Leelee Sobieski
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    A Signature Performance: Leelee Sobieski’s Emma is sultry but vulnerable, offering a sympathetic rendering of the heroine and her plight, allowing the listener to draw his own conclusions about Madame Bovary in this cautionary tale of love, passion, and desperation.

    lasvegaslisa says: "Very tough to get through!"
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