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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.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Great book but not read well. Whilst an English accent is no more authentic than an American one for a French novel, it still sounds wrong to my British ears.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful