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2.77 out of 52.77 out of 52.77 out of 52.77 out of 52.77 out of 5 2.77 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gustave Flaubert Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781455191833
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Emma Bovary is a sensuous, sentimental young woman whose romantic ideals make her dissatisfied with her humdrum married life. Attempting to escape into an exciting world of passion and dreams, she drifts into sordid affairs with Rodolphe Boulanger and Léon Dupuis. The first of these lovers, an older man, dominates the affair, while the second, inexperienced and young, is dominated. The eventual collapse of Emma’s romantic dreams is inevitable, and her disillusionment leads ultimately to her doom.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Madame Bovary has a perfection that not only stamps it, but that makes it stand almost alone; it holds itself with such a supreme unapproachable assurance as both excites and defies judgment.”

    Henry James

  • Madame Bovary is like the railroad stations erected in its epoch: graceful, even floral, but cast of iron.”

    John Updike

  • “Flaubert established for good or ill, what most readers think of as modern realist narration, and his influence is almost too familiar to be visible.”

    James Woods, author of How Fiction Works

  • “Simon Vance’s leisurely reading mirrors the pace of small-town life, and his clear, gentle voice, with its lovely timbre, seems especially suited to delivering the text’s many descriptive passages…Particularly amusing is his portrayal of Monsieur Homais, the voluble village chemist who fancies himself a learned man, and this brings some welcome comic relief to an otherwise tragic story.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/23/2011

    " This was a favorite of mine as a teenage girl. Something about the theme of never being happy with what you have and yurning for worldly experiences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 6/21/2011

    " Beautifully written. Read it for the prose. But main characters Charles and Emma Bovary (who bear little resemblance, thank goodness, to my grandparents Charles and Emma Neal) are not fully convincing. Nevertheless, their fate is apt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jules | 6/21/2011

    " I just could not get in to this book. It just seemed so dry. Maybe I will attempt to read this at another time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/21/2011

    " A worthwhile classic on the importance of appreciating what you have when you have it. Quick read with interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priscilla | 6/15/2011

    " I really enjoyed it but my frustration with Madame Bovary overshadowed everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/4/2011

    " This is the classic and one can see why? An amazing story full of sexual inhibition and restraint. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shams | 6/2/2011

    " "Thou shalt not commit adultery!" - I'm sure even God himself shall forgive the French. In my opinion, the protagonist is my definition of an an extremist, looking for trouble. In the literary world, she is a brilliant character! In the real world.... oh dear. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 5/31/2011

    " This book created an interesting historical portrait, but I couldn't really relate to a woman who had no interest in her own child and was bored out of her mind. It was also a bit depressing, but still well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merri Su | 5/20/2011

    " One of only two books I didn't finish in high school English classes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/17/2011

    " The book is written beautifully-- just the way he uses words to describe everything from feelings to nature is really lovely to read. The actual story part of it was just ok for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 5/16/2011

    " It was an awful book! But the county fair scene was hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/4/2011

    " Beautiful translation...but is it bad that I was looking forward to the death scene for most of the book? Good grief is Emma a horrid person... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vollha | 5/3/2011

    " Very good read, very enjoyable. "

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About the Author
Author Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880), French novelist and one of the masters of nineteenth-century fiction, was born in Rouen, the second son of a noted physician. Beset by ill health and personal misfortune, he led a solitary life of rigid discipline, which was reflected in his writing by his obsession with finding le mot juste (exactly the right word). His first published novel was Madame Bovary (1857). When certain passages in Madame Bovarywere judged to be offensive to public morals, Flaubert, his publisher, and his printer were tried but acquitted.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.