Madame Bovary: A Signature Performance by Leelee Sobieski

  • by Gustave Flaubert
  • Narrated by Leelee Sobieski
  • 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One hundred and fifty years ago, Gustave Flaubert set the bar for scandal, adultery, and financial catastrophe with Madame Bovary. Now, Audible Signature Classics presents two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Leelee Sobieski (Joan of Arc) in a singular new performance that highlights the ambiguity behind a brilliantly crafted character: was Emma Bovary depraved or just a victim of circumstance?
This is the story of a beautiful woman who marries a devoted, provincial doctor, but believes she was meant for something more—a life of luxury, leisure, and, above all, true and passionate love. She throws herself headlong into a reckless series of doomed affairs, with tragic consequences, and plunges her family into financial ruin.
Sobieski’s Emma is sultry but vulnerable, offering a sympathetic rendering of the feckless madame and her plight in this cautionary tale of love, passion, and desperation. Will you condemn the madame?
Listen to more one-of-a-kind performances from actors Elijah Wood, Kenneth Branagh, David Hyde Pierce, and more, only from Audible Signature Classics.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Popular actress Leelee Sobieski's performs Gustave Flaubert's classic Madame Bovary, articulating the masterful author's mots justes while bringing a sultry and sumptuous touch to the story of mad passion. The novel, now a classic, was controversial when it was released in 1856, taking a turn away from the popular romantic works of its time to describe adultery in a more realistic light. The story concerns Emma Bovary and her yearning for more than the married life can offer, which, while resulting in tragedy and hardship, is not judged morally. Fans of this instrumental work of realism and first-time listeners alike will relish the ups and downs of this contemporary reading.

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Madame Bovary

I was very disappointed with the narrator Leelee Sobieski. Her English pronunciation at times was curious. Her French pronunciation on the other hand was good.Her dramatic style at times was irritating and her attempt at characterisation was feeble. Overall her narration distracted from the story and in another narrators hands I would not have struggled to finish the book.
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- Michael

A poor reading

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A reading by someone who was more familiar with the text. I almost gave up half way through. I did give up three quarters of the way through.


How could the performance have been better?

The reader often places the wrong stress in a sentence, not anticipating the meaning properly.


What character would you cut from Madame Bovary: A Signature Performance by Leelee Sobieski?

None - I prefer unabridged versions


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- L. McCulloch

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-12-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios