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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    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"
  • Letters to the Lady Upstairs | Marcel Proust,Lydia Davis - translator

    Letters to the Lady Upstairs

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis - translator
    • Narrated By Richard Hope
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A charming, funny, poignant collection of 23 letters from Marcel Proust to his upstairs neighbour. 102 Boulevard Haussmann, an elegant address in Paris' eighth arrondissement. Upstairs lives Madame Williams with her second husband, an American dentist, and her harp. Downstairs lives Marcel Proust, feverishly trying to write In Search of Lost Time, but all too often distracted by the incessant noise from the apartment above him - the footsteps and banging and unbearable moving of boxes and crates.

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

    Madame Bovary

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (translator)
    • Narrated By Claire Bloom
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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, Emmaï¿¿ï¿¿ï¿¿s oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace through his stubborn and selfless love.

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