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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,015 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gustave Flaubert Narrator: Michael Maloney Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Frederic Moreau is a law student returning home from Paris when he first notices Mme Arnoux, a slender, dark woman several years older than himself. It is the beginning of an infatuation that will last a lifetime. He befriends her husband, an influential businessman, and their paths cross again and again over the years. Through financial upheaval, political turmoil, and countless affairs, Mme. Arnoux remains the constant, unattainable love of Moreau’s life.

Based on Flaubert’s own youthful passion for an older woman, Sentimental Education blends love story, historical authenticity, and satire to create one of the greatest French novels of the nineteenth century.

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  • “Reader Michael Maloney...consistently differentiates well among characters and handles French like a Parisian.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Darran Mclaughlin | 1/31/2014

    " What can I say? This is one of the greatest novels ever written. Along with Ullysess it is the greatest portrayal of life as we know it that has ever been attempted. It is one of the foundations of the modern novel and it is a quantum leap beyond the novels of its day. The idea of putting an unheroic everyman at the centre of a novel which focusses upon undramatic, normal events and barely pays attention to the revolt of 1848 is revolutionary, and is in direct contrast to Les Miserables. Sentimental Education is far superior. This is the real story of our lives. The ending is both justly celebrated and devastating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mathieu | 1/31/2014

    " A book to read in Spring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by AndreaZ | 1/26/2014

    " Blah, blah. My God, did this book have a plot? Can Frederic quit whining? Can you make it to the end without puking? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Katie | 1/25/2014

    " Ever read a book that is grueling to get through for various reasons, but you persevere and keep on reading in the hopes it will get better? That's how I felt with this book, only it didn't get better...it got worse. This is perhaps the one and only classic literature novel I've read to date that incensed me for a few reasons. The characters are completely self-absorbed and unlikeable. They constantly make poor choices throughout the entire novel and not once did I feel any compassion for their struggles because they never learn from their mistakes nor do anything to redeem themselves. There is no growth or progress. Very irritating and depressing for the reader. Throw the reader a bone, if even a small one. This is a novel of absolute hopelessness and not taking responsibility for one's choices in life...the terrible choices the characters make vs. the ones they could have made to be happier, more successful,etc. Ugh. "

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