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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: February 2009 ISBN: 9781482974447
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sri Siddhartha | 1/25/2014

    " Exquisitely written love story , but to call it only a love story is in a way estricting the scope of this novel. The depth of human experience is dealt with in this novel, hardly seen in any other novel written in any language of that period .Passion, unrequited love ,individual held in the cusp of tumultuous history of France are the subjects of this work. History implodes into the lives of these characters , but Flaubert looked at history like traveler looks over the scenery from a carriage , The painful joys of a love that is unattainable, acted as a singular passion for the main character and molded his course of life in a way which was quiet unimaginable in the first few pages of the book. "

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

    " Pretty good story. It reminds me why you just can't fully trust the French. Just kidding. "

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

    " Not sure if I can explain this correctly. At once boring and entertaining. Flaubert has a knack for a beautiful turn of phrase. This main character is awful, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kunkku | 1/8/2014

    " this wa smy first flaubert read and there was something about it which did not endear me to this author... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/8/2014

    " Recommended by Allen Ginsberg. I'm reading it now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sierra | 1/6/2014

    " I wish I had read this when I was a teenager. Specifically, a teenage boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 1/6/2014

    " I like this book a lot, and it's rich circa-1848 Paris setting doesn't hurt at all. But what I love most about it is the ending, which is surely my favorite ending of any book, ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 12/24/2013

    " I was hoping that this book would be as good as "Madame Bovary" but I was pretty disappointed. I couldn't get into the story and it was overall boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Agnes Fisher | 12/9/2013

    " Not the best Flaubert I ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leonard Pierce | 11/28/2013

    " Madame Bovary gets so much attention that people think of Flaubert as a one-book wonder, but they forget he wrote this amazing book, in its own way as great as the better-known one. "

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

    " An enjoyable read, perhaps my favorite of the last two years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara Dahle | 10/28/2013

    " What can I say, Flaubert just isn't my thing, though his sense of realism is incredible. I read this book while entrenched in a full semester of Manet's artwork, and it was just too much for my unrefined sensibilities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 10/15/2013

    " All around this is a decent read. Nothing over the top... It's sort of like watching seinfeld. ya ain't learning much, but when you gotta go to the bathroom, ya still wait til the next commercial. except instead of a commercial it's the end of the chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chanel | 8/13/2013

    " Read the short story version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anselm | 6/26/2013

    " The main character's lack of will runs parallel to the glut of contemporary poets whose ambition is found everywhere but in the act of making works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 6/9/2013

    " Okay, not Flaubert at his best, but it is a marvelous send up of the artist as a young dilettante. What was our young hero doing in the middle of a revolution? Lusting after women. Looking for the perfect beauty. How we waste our youth! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob Russell | 5/25/2013

    " A more difficult read than Madame Bovary, but what a wonderful exposition of Flaubert's mind, of what he sought to achieve in his writing! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ahk | 5/4/2013

    " I read this in French and had no idea what was going on, and that's the book fault, so I give it one star. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emiranda | 2/2/2013

    " I read the Everyman's Library translation. It flows better and makes more sense than this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamsyn | 1/23/2013

    " Pretty good, except I kept getting Les Mis songs stuck in my head. I did prefer Madame Bovary though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Davis-novak | 1/19/2013

    " I think Flaubert could have added another couple footnotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Morrow | 12/25/2012

    " I enjoyed this book much more than Madame Bovary. It's always a pleasure to read such a fine writer and I believe this story suits his style better than the more famous novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/16/2012

    " A cautionary tale about an unexamined life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlena Corcoran | 9/30/2012

    " Mildly boring account of the infatuation of the Last Troubadour. What am I missing? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Ha | 8/9/2012

    " Beautifully written; the ultimate coming of age novel set in Paris..what's not to love. Love how the story ends in such a deflating manner.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ke Huang | 8/1/2012

    " For a long time, I hesitated to read this novel because I wasn't a big fan of "Madame Bovary." But, in my opinion, "Sentimental Education" is much more authentic and poignant than Flaubert's best known piece. The basic plot of "Education" is quite oedipal, but it still felt unique. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ke Huang | 7/27/2012

    " For a long time, I hesitated to read this novel because I wasn't a big fan of "Madame Bovary." But, in my opinion, "Sentimental Education" is much more authentic and poignant than Flaubert's best known piece. The basic plot of "Education" is quite oedipal, but it still felt unique. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Williams | 12/14/2011

    " It's a great work and I split the difference between its merit historically and as a work, and how much I enjoyed the experience. 5 for it and 3 for me. I needed to read Flaubert but sometimes we need to do things that aren't as much fun as we'd like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Isabel | 11/13/2011

    " This book is part of those I could not finish. I only read the 7 first chapters. It took me a whole week. Forced by my mum 'cos it was for school and she saw I was struggling. I prefered reading "Le Rouge et le Noir" from Stendhal. "

  • 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

Michael Maloney is a precious metals investment expert, a historian, and the founder and principal of Gold & Silver, Inc. He serves as an advisor on Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad team and speaks frequently on commodities investing.