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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, Wanda McCaddon Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781400179046
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One of the acknowledged masterpieces of nineteenth-century realism, Madame Bovary is revered by writers and readers around the world, a mandatory stop on any pilgrimage through modern literature. Gustave Flaubert’s legendary style, his intense care over the selection of words and the shaping of sentences, and his unmatched ability to convey a mental world through the careful selection of telling details shine throughout this marvelous work.

Madame Bovary scandalized audiences when it was first published in 1857. And the story itself remains as fresh today as when it was first written, a work that remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society. It tells the tragic story of the romantic but empty-headed Emma Rouault. When Emma marries Charles Bovary, she imagines she will pass into the life of luxury and passion that she reads about in sentimental novels and women’s magazines. But Charles is an ordinary country doctor, and provincial life is very different from the romantic excitement for which she yearns. In her quest to realize her dreams she takes a lover, Rodolphe, and begins a devastating spiral into deceit and despair. And Flaubert captures every step of this catastrophe with sharp-eyed detail and a wonderfully subtle understanding of human emotions.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 2/19/2014

    " Amazing novel! Very keen psychological insight that's just as relevant today as it was when written over 160 years ago. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mahita Vas | 2/17/2014

    " Beautifully written/translated but the story itself bored me. Madame Bovary is rather irritating and unlikeable. I just could note get into the story but finished it because the writing was that good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dot | 2/15/2014

    " Beautifully written sad story--with a central character that I wanted to shake into reality numerous times. I can see why this novel was considered to be shocking, not just because of the adultery but because of the dim view of the church articulated by some characters. I'm so glad that I read this because of the gorgeous descriptive passages and the view of life in provincial France at that time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/14/2014

    " It was a decent book and I can understand why it was scandalous in its time but it was difficult making myself read it. What a whiner Emma was. I wanted to strangle her myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 2/11/2014

    " It was quite easy to read, I realy enjoyed the naturalistic style, and the interplay in the some of the scenes, the seduction scene at the fair in particular. It did rather seem as if Flaubert was writing a novel about a woman from a novel who got stuck in real life, and as she was in real life and not a novel ended up suffering horrendously for it. I got the impression if she were in Jane Austen, or Thackery she would have enjoyed herself much more. As it was she was a woman in a time, without any freedom or hope. She also reminded me a little of what I dislike about "modern" women, with her obsession with fashion magazines, society and fashion. So I managed to quiet enjoy the book, without caring much about the characters in the story. It some ways it reminded me quite a bit of Hardy or Zola. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 2/11/2014

    " I was not a fan. I don't care to read "for my own good", and there was no particular pleasure in either plot or characters. It came across much more as an extended expression of the author's own prejudices than anything else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 2/5/2014

    " I was assigned this book for a college class and it made me realize why I love reading so much. The story is so tragic, and yet the writing is so beautiful. There is much in here about the French class system too, but at its heart it's a story about Emma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristín Keelin | 2/4/2014

    " All I could think while reading this book was, "I cannot wait for this girl to die." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marnie Meisner | 2/4/2014

    " Quite an interesting story. A woman who has affairs and spends all of her husband's money. And yet, he loves her unconditionally. Dummy!! A good classic overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Johnson | 2/4/2014

    " I read this book with anticipation of explicit sextual titilation. The French govenment brought action against the author on a charge of immorality and, as in other more current books - i.e. Peyton Place published in the 50s which was banned because of its immoral content - I found this to be a very well written story and very tame in respect to the sexual novels written today. It is the story of a wife who wishes more romance and adventure in her marriage, she is seduced and tumbles into deceipt, financial ruin and ultimately death because of her continued infidelities. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 2/3/2014

    " I was not a fan. I don't care to read "for my own good", and there was no particular pleasure in either plot or characters. It came across much more as an extended expression of the author's own prejudices than anything else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dot | 1/29/2014

    " Beautifully written sad story--with a central character that I wanted to shake into reality numerous times. I can see why this novel was considered to be shocking, not just because of the adultery but because of the dim view of the church articulated by some characters. I'm so glad that I read this because of the gorgeous descriptive passages and the view of life in provincial France at that time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabor Kristof | 1/29/2014

    " Felt too old. I could not get attached to her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.paille3 | 1/27/2014

    " This book left me thinking one thing "be happy with what you have." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 1/24/2014

    " With beauty spilling from ever page it's easy to understand why Madame Bovary is a classic. That said, with so many tragedies paving the passage of time it would be nice to have more books where the female, doesn't, die at the end. This issues aside Madame Bovary is a believable portrate of a woman suffering from her dreams and cravings. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cassandra | 1/19/2014

    " That was probably the most painful bit of reading I've ever done. It took a little over a year for me to push through this book. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dishari | 1/19/2014

    " Am I the only one who felt for Charles? I swear I felt like diving into the book and giving Charles a big hug and Emma a BIG SLAP "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shana | 1/18/2014

    " Extremely Boring! I couldn't even finish this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew | 1/9/2014

    " I hated this book when it was assigned to me my senior year of high school. Assuming I'd changed since then, I gave it another go. Turns out I had good sense as an 18-year-old. I'm putting it down after 170 unsatisfying pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelby | 1/9/2014

    " Definitely not one of my favorites... I felt as it was lacking real substance - trying to make a statement without really saying anything at all. And too much of a soap-opera. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Williams | 1/5/2014

    " Read it in my teen years. A masterpiece and a model of brilliant writing and composition. Each sentence is polished to perfection. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine Wyatt | 1/5/2014

    " This is one of the most depressing and annoying books I've read in a long time. I'm sure there are some themes here that I'm supposed to appreciate, but I'm not sure how this one has stood the test of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Anderson | 1/2/2014

    " A woman ahead of her time! You go, Emma! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terra | 1/1/2014

    " I just remember reading this in college and thinking, "UGH. Mme. Bovary, WHY DO YOU SUCK SO MUCH. Also: everyone else: you're kind of lame too." Not love-inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moira | 12/30/2013

    " Absolutely masterful. Brilliantly sardonic and satirical, Flaubert is a true master of writing and really proves that less is more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy Heinz | 12/25/2013

    " I could not finish this book. Flaubert is good at describing landscapes but for every 10 pages you're lucky to get a page of plot. Maybe he should have spent his time describing picture books to the blind. At least his writing would have purpose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian Cook | 12/24/2013

    " This is the third time I have read this book and each time I find something else out about the book. A masterful piece of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 12/16/2013

    " Decided I better read this after watching the TV adaptation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Farah | 12/16/2013

    " Art that warns you about the evils of art. message received, flaubert. also this translation by lydia davis is superb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila Harris | 12/15/2013

    " I have read this many times at different stages of my life. It still has the same impact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Estera | 12/11/2013

    " ~ my favourite book ~ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dena Rash | 12/10/2013

    " Flaubert gave the girl the shaft. Well written, (though I have not read it in French) but really, only Mrs. Robinson had to take it harder than this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myles Osborne | 12/6/2013

    " Elegantly cruel, Flaubert creates a near perfect novel, a magnificent blueprint for what is to follow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Imasongbyrd | 12/1/2013

    " Kept waiting for some redemption - nope "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carla Terry | 11/29/2013

    " ACK! So depressing. I'm done with foreign classics! Even harder to stay with than Anna Karenina! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/25/2013

    " a bit boring with all unnecessary side stories. or maybe it's just me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 11/11/2013

    " I read this for my Great Books discussion group. I was happy to have this motivation to read an important classic I had missed and would probably not have gotten around to reading otherwise. I'm looking forward to our group discussion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Hodge | 8/28/2013

    " Nothing to write home about! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Williams | 8/13/2013

    " "Castigat ridendo mores . . ." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Tournas | 7/30/2013

    " Finally finished it. Sigh, poor Emma. She really just needed a job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keli | 7/27/2013

    " I'm sure this issue has been discussed at length, but why is this a book about adultery? It was her financial debt that brought about her downfall. That and her complete self-absorption. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maia | 7/2/2013

    " I had to fight my way through to the end of this one. Perhaps something was missing in the translation? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Mogilefsky | 5/31/2013

    " We read this classic for our book club. What a great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Shelton | 4/3/2013

    " She should have suffered more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Huchel | 2/3/2013

    " I had some trouble getting through part 1, but it was worth it as it sets the stage for part 2. My favorite character in the story is Monsieur Homais who is very amusing and a bit of a quack. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmett | 10/13/2012

    " Not very used to Flaubert's impersonal style, I'm afraid, since this is my first time reading something of his. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bailey Riddle | 9/9/2012

    " This book sucked. Do NOT read LOL "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Leschot | 8/31/2012

    " I swear this chick is bi polar or something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikael | 8/27/2012

    " currently rereading after many years after seeing the restored lewat djam malam. emma bovary is laila, both longing to transcend their world but failing because they pin the wrong things on their pinterest ancien's boards. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bijo Mathew Philip | 5/31/2012

    " found it boring after a few pages "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Munro | 5/8/2012

    " Fascinating. Full of perfect, clear prose, some funny/ironic set-pieces and of course a lot of l rather melodramatic hysterics, the Madame slowly drew me in...I positively inhaled the last 150 pages. Next: Flaubert's Parrot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Herbst | 5/5/2012

    " Classic French novel - I listened to this on audiobook rather than read it. Richly composed setting and masterful characterization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/24/2012

    " A not entirely convincing case for adutery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabor Kristof | 3/4/2012

    " Felt too old. I could not get attached to her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadia Haldar | 12/21/2011

    " What a heinous slut! Glad to see the back of her. Beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona Robson | 9/28/2011

    " I didn't really enjoy this book, because I had absolutely no sympathy whatsoever with the main character and instead felt very sorry for her husband! "

  • 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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