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Emma Bovary is not content to be the mere dutiful wife of a French country doctor. She yearns for excitement and a sense of romance that pulls at her so strongly she is powerless to resist, even though pursuing her dreams will exact a terrible price. Learn why Gustave Flaubert's compelling heroine has enchanted and puzzled readers for centuries.
Public Domain (P)1989 Recorded Books, Inc.
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"If one were to ask, 'World, which is the most perfect novel ever written?,' the world would immediately answer: Madame Bovary." (Washington Post's Book World)
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By Cynthia K on 08-11-06

Good narrator, terrible recording

The story is tried-and-true, filled with lust, greed, bad choices, and decay. Davina Porter is a wonderful narrator, and does well with the French language. However, this sounds like someone converted an ancient 8-track to digital, complete with squeaks, dragging, hisses, etc. At some points it was unlistenable. This classic deserves a fresh, new update!

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By Jessica on 04-02-06

great story, bad recording

Madame Bovary is a great story and Davina is a fantastic reader (she's great in Anna Karinina),but unfortunately they are both lost to poor sound quality. The audio is so muffled it takes a lot of effort to understand even a few words. Until a better recording is available, best stick with the book (a good translation is available on Barnes & Noble or Bantam Classics, but avoid Penguin Classics on this title; it's not very good).

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By Roo on 04-01-15

Tragic love story

This story of tragic love loses none of its power no matter how many times I hear it.
Madam Bovary is one of histories saddest victims of men's wickedness.

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By Welsh Mafia on 12-27-08

The road to Rouen

Published in 1857, Emma Bovary remains the modern woman and the contemporary parallels are particularly striking when compared against the striking lack of a current novel with similar insight. The bounds of Realism are established and stretched; Emma is a troubled and troubling individual the equal of whom has only been seen in Edith Wharton?s Lily Bart. Classic European literature, visiting on the reader the personal corruption and moral high ground from which we have not yet been delivered in these times of consumer fetish and credit crunch.
With Revolutionary Road in hand, it is also an opportunity to review the state of marriage in literature ? the totally abashed Charles Bovary a peerless portrait in ruin.

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