Madame Bovary

  • by Gustave Flaubert
  • Narrated by Bobbie Frohman
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Emma Bovary lived in a world of romantic dreams. Her selfish and demanding ways led to a gradual corruption that showed her to be an utterly shallow and quite stupid woman, but her escapades and caprices draw us into her story until the tragic end.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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Audio Quality and Narrator Distracting

I can't fault the text. Madame Bovary is renowned as one of the world's great books.

But in this instance I felt that the Narrator was poorly matched to the text. Her accent and deadpan delivery would be better suited to a more modern novel as her pronunciation and tone detracted from the precise nature of the language that the author was using to the point that I found it distracting. I managed 2 and half hours before giving up.

Additionally the quality of the recording is relatively poor, particularly given that it is a 2005 release, which only added to the distraction.

I'm glad this only cost me one credit I would be very upset if I had paid full price. A Lesson to us all to check the sample recording before finalizing the purchase.
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- James

seriously marred by narrator

The story and characters are unreachable through this narrator. I felt like I was being read to by a sunday school teacher. Several words were mispronounced, which distracted from the story. Occasional lines of dialogue read by other actor/narrators are stilted and unbelievable. I finally had to quit this one after several chapters and will try a different production.
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- ogres3

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2007
  • Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks