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I don't always prefer audiobooks, but I prefer the classics on audiobook, I feel like good narration helps bring you back to that time and suspend disbelief. This is a perfect example.
This is a great story, with great characters, but that aside, this narrator really brings it out. If you're like me where a narrator makes or breaks an audiobook, you won't be disappointed with this one. I was surprised to see that he has a short list of audiobooks to his name.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
...to hear the sound of Ronald Pickup's deft Bovary character interpretations, whose cadence, rhythm, and intonation are nothing short of masterful. My only regret is that no other Flaubert offerings are entrusted to him. This one is a must-listen!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Ronald Pickup gives an absolutely first class performance - clear engaging reading, wonderful characterisation of the dialogue, and authentic french pronounciation when necessary. A real pleasure to listen to. And the book itself - it's hard to like, let alone admire, any of the characters, and the unfolding of Emma's married life is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. But it's so gripping, and the characters are so real, so fully human. Their individual psychologies are so honestly written and so resonant for a 21st century reader that it was always something of surprise (as a first time reader of Madame Bovary) to recall that it was written more than 150 years ago. Highly recommended.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
An animated and charming narration which sweeps you way back to the novel's nineteenth century contextual setting, vividly evoked from beginning to end.
Ronald Pickup is a talented storyteller and a pleasure to listen to!
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What did you like best about Madame Bovary? What did you like least?
The best part is the lovers falling out of love with each other
The lowlight of the book is definitely the ending. It simply ends and the poor child, the only innocent party, is the one most hard done by. Tragic.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Give the kid a chance.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
No, too laborious and not very action packed.
Any additional comments?
Honestly, what is with these literary geniuses who don't get women at all. Firstly, she's unlikely to run off with a fellow just because he happens to be good looking, there's usually a deeper emotional attraction or intrigue. Secondly, if she's fallen, it's highly unlikely she'll be so undone as to kill herself over it. There are far worse things in life than falling in and out of love with someone. Really, the husband was such a pushover all she had to do was tell him and they'd have figured it out. Why on earth do they always kill themselves? It makes such a pathetic finale.
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