Madame Bovary

  • by Gustave Flaubert
  • Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
  • 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Madame Bovary, one of the great novels of 19th-century France, Flaubert draws a deeply felt and sympathetic portrait of a woman who, having married a country doctor and found herself unhappy with a rural, genteel existence, longs for love and excitement. However, her aspirations and her desires to escape only bring her further disappointment and eventually lead to unexpected, painful consequences. Flaubert’s critical portrait of bourgeois provincial life remains as powerful as ever.

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Customer Reviews

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An interesting take on morality

Where does Madame Bovary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Fairly high. I liked the performance, and while I hated the heroine, the story was good.


What did you like best about this story?

When Emma suffers for what she has done. I didn't like her much.


What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked her inflections for the various characters. It brought things to life. Also, I am terrible at imagining French pronunciations!


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I may or may not have hissed "YESSSS!" when she was indicted.


Any additional comments?

Does disliking Emma make me a bad feminist?

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- Bloo "I'm a teacher in Florida who loves to listen to books whenever possible! I enjoy listening to classics in audiobook format. Happy reading!"

Excellent narrator, beautiful writing

Would you listen to Madame Bovary again? Why?

Yes, parts.


Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

Juliet Stevenson is such an excellent narrator. Her readings are at a perfect pace and her character interpretations are always wonderful. Ms. Stevenson's understanding of the text and intelligence make listening a joy. I become so lost in the characters she portrays that I forget it is one person reading! Can't say Emma Bovary is a favorite character, but her self-centeredness and vacuousness come through in the dialogue as read by the narrator.


Any additional comments?

I can understand why this novel is so well known. The writing (and this translation) draw you in. But the characters are not sympathetic and I don't understand why Emma Bovary is so empty and why she expresses no remorse at the end of the novel. I feel for her clueless husband and especially for her daughter Berthe.

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- DHW

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2014
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks