Madame Bovary

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gustave Flaubert

Narrated By: Donada Peters

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: January 2009

Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes


One of the acknowledged masterpieces of nineteenth-century realism, Madame Bovary is revered by writers and readers around the world, a mandatory stop on any pilgrimage through modern literature. Gustave Flaubert's legendary style, his intense care over the selection of words and the shaping of sentences, and his unmatched ability to convey a mental world through the careful selection of telling details shine throughout this marvelous work.

Madame Bovary scandalized audiences when it was first published in 1857. And the story itself remains as fresh today as when it was first written, a work that remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society. It tells the tragic story of the romantic but empty-headed Emma Rouault. When Emma marries Charles Bovary, she imagines she will pass into the life of luxury and passion that she reads about in sentimental novels and women's magazines. But Charles is an ordinary country doctor, and provincial life is very different from the romantic excitement for which she yearns. In her quest to realize her dreams she takes a lover, Rodolphe, and begins a devastating spiral into deceit and despair. And Flaubert captures every step of this catastrophe with sharp-eyed detail and a wonderfully subtle understanding of human emotions.


  • Anonymous

    This book is veeerrrrry wordy and tedious. I do not recommend it to anyone

  • Barb

    As one of the classics, I expected a certain amount of description, but, boy oh boy. However as the book warmed up more dialogue emersed. His description of the characters was good, but to me dialogue can really flesh out a character a lot better than just mere telling. Also, I could see how in the 1800's this book would be risky but, unfortunetly it's the norm now a days. I do recommened that you read this book. Classic European writers offer such a wealth of beautiful words and phrases that it would be a shame if you didn't take advantage of it.

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