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Extended Audio Sample Madame Bovary: Classic Collection, by Gustave Flaubert Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 5 3.29 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gustave Flaubert Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Megan | 6/21/2011

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

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