Madame Bovary

  • by Gustave Flaubert, Eleanor Marx-Aveling (translator)
  • 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.

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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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Customer Reviews

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A masterpiece. The narrator does it justice.

Of course a book like this is a must listen especially if you have not read it.

All depends on the performance and here the narrator doesn't disappoint.

I have read this a few times and it was a pleasure to find that listening to it brought a fresh perspective. It is a good translation which does Flaubert justice.


If you don't know the story you have a great pleasure waiting for you.

Great value.

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- I

A fantastic first read

This was the first book I downloaded from Audible, because a friend of mine was also reading it. It's been years since I read Madame Bovary and I was captured all over again by its brilliance and incredible language, scene setting, character development... Simon Vance's reading voice is perfect: comforting, articulate, soothing. Just a true pleasure.
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- Nina Siegal

Book Details

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