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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gustave Flaubert Narrator: Fred Williams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781455176724
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Beyond the gardens of Hamilcar’s palace, beyond the walls of Carthage, the Roman hordes stood waiting to annihilate the noblest city of ancient Africa. Within the city, all was madness—the houses were filled with the screams of women and the streets teemed with terrified men. The veil of the goddess Tanit, sacred to Carthage, had fallen to Matho, Roman soldier-of-fortune.

But when Salambo, the exquisite daughter of Hamilcar, rode into the Roman camp, into Matho’s tent, to exchange her beauty for the veil of Carthage—he would throw away victory and forsake his army, his nation, and his soul for the price of her body.

Set during the historical struggle between Rome and Carthage, Flaubert’s novel offers a richly detailed portrait of the lives and rites of two ancient kingdoms moved by their allegiances to very different gods.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mother | 12/26/2010

    " A woman does not have a choice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yeyita | 12/19/2010

    " Dios mío!! Que aburrición!! No la pude terminar!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 La Chipie | 11/25/2010

    " Exotique et romantique à souhait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 4/5/2010

    " You don't see much historical fiction set in this place and time, and you don't see many writers as skilled as Flaubert. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sina | 4/3/2010

    " striking imagery and prose, yet somehow unsubstantial. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 3/27/2010

    " Inspired by the writings of Tacitus, Livy, Thucycdides, etc., this book is an anomaly in the work of Flaubert, set in ancient Carthage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Divanir | 3/25/2010

    " It's a masterpiece! A great book with a very interesting narrative! There are a lot of very fascinating characters in this book (Salammbo, Amilcar etc.). Really fantastic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 12/11/2009

    " The best historical novel I've read so far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 7/22/2009

    " An orgy of sensory details and descriptive language elevate this novel of obsession and war. It is a better example of Flaubert's true style than 'Madame Bovary' even though the characters and story aren't as captivating. "

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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

Fred Williams, a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, works in theater, film, television, and radio in England, Ireland, and America. Besides narrating audiobooks, he is a performer in living-history reenactments, an archer, and a poet.