Madame Bovary

  • by Eleanor Marx-Aveling (translator), Gustave Flaubert
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Emma Bovary is a sensuous and sentimental young woman whose romantic ideals make her dissatisfied with her humdrum married life. In an attempt to escape into an exciting world of passion and dreams, she drifts into sordid affairs with Rodolphe Boulanger and Leon Dupuis. The first of these lovers, an older man, dominates the affair, while the second, inexperienced and young, is dominated. The eventual collapse of Emma's romantic dreams is inevitable, and her disillusionment leads ultimately to her doom. A brilliant psychological portrait, Madame Bovary searingly depicts the human mind in search of transcendence. Acclaimed as a masterpiece upon its publication in 1857, it catapulted Flaubert to the ranks of the world's greatest novelists and ushered in a new age of realism in literature.


What the Critics Say

"It still astonishes. If one were to ask, 'World, which is the most perfect novel ever written?' the world would immediately answer: Madame Bovary. " ( Washington Post Book World)" Madame Bovary is like the railroad stations erected in its epoch: graceful, even floral, but cast of iron." (John Updike)


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Highly recommended

A wonderful classic. This is a simple but exquisitely crafted novel with beautiful prose. Wonderful descriptions of provincial life and insightful portrayal of the banalities of everyday life. I can thoroughly recommend this download - a definite must for the discerning listener!
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- Anne

Another classic that must be read

Madame Bovary is a book we all should read or listen. The story is catchy, we want to carry on listening to it in order to know how it's going to end. Narrator is good as well. It's not a long book. Flaubert is great.
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- Simone

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-01-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.