Madame Bovary


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(4 stars; 117 reviews)

Published in book form in April 1857, the novel focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was notoriously perfectionist about his writing and claimed to always be searching for le mot juste (the right word)". (Summary from Wikipedia).

(12 hr 59 min)

Chapters

Part I, Chapter One 21:39 Read by hefyd
Part I, Chapter Two 18:16 Read by hefyd
Part I, Chapter Three 12:38 Read by hefyd
Part I, Chapter Four 12:40 Read by hefyd
Part I, Chapter Five 9:20 Read by Ruth Golding
Part I, Chapter Six 13:45 Read by Ruth Golding
Part I, Chapter Seven 16:09 Read by Ruth Golding
Part I, Chapter Eight 24:13 Read by Bob Sage
Part I, Chapter Nine 27:58 Read by Bob Sage
Part II, Chapter One 21:10 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part II, Chapter Two 14:07 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part II, Chapter Three 24:56 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
Part II, Chapter Four 9:24 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
Part II, Chapter Five 19:33 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
Part II, Chapter Six 24:40 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part II, Chapter Seven 18:12 Read by Gloria Zbilicki
Part II, Chapter Eight 52:01 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
Part II, Chapter Nine 21:06 Read by Lady Maria
Part II, Chapter Ten 19:28 Read by hefyd
Part II, Chapter Eleven 29:28 Read by hefyd
Part II, Chapter Twelve 30:48 Read by hefyd
Part II, Chapter Thirteen 22:25 Read by hefyd
Part II, Chapter Fourteen 24:37 Read by hefyd
Part II, Chapter Fifteen 20:20 Read by Roz Romero
Part III, Chapter One 33:23 Read by hefyd
Part III, Chapter Two 21:18 Read by Merne Túrante
Part III, Chapter Three 5:44 Read by Aaron Elliott
Part III, Chapter Four 6:37 Read by Ezwa
Part III, Chapter Five 35:51 Read by Bob Sage
Part III, Chapter Six 36:40 Read by Bob Sage
Part III, Chapter Seven 29:25 Read by Bob Sage
Part III, Chapter Eight 45:46 Read by Ruth Golding
Part III, Chapter Nine 21:07 Read by Ruth Golding
Part III, Chapter Ten 12:25 Read by Lori H
Part III, Chapter Eleven 21:58 Read by Bob Sage

Reviews

(4 stars)

Good readers. One, though had strong accent and read too fast. I missed a lot of it.

(4 stars)

Chapter II, Part 9 is almost incomprehensible, otherwise great classic literature read in good manner.

bendintheriver

(4 stars)

I have listened to many Librivox books, and by far, Elizabeth Clette is the best reader.

part 2 chapter 9

(1 stars)

can't understand a word of this chapter

like a fine painting

(5 stars)

Every sentence, every word of this novel is like a brush stroke of a fine painting. It's such a wrought work of art, that it is a wonder to behold. It is rightfully acclaimed as a masterpiece and a beckon to other writers that followed. It is also very emotional and moving. I found the readers to be fine, and by adjusting the speed, was able to quite enjoy their efforts.

(5 stars)

Interesting, intriguing, and enjoyable. Like the style of writer. Learned about society, people, and life of the period. Then read writer's biography, even more interesting. Now want to read Madam Bovary in a physical book so as to appreciate and understand his word choices, sentence structure, and path toward progressing the story as well as to see the way of portraying suspense, joy, anguish, and other emotions.

Excellent book, some good readers some bad

(3.5 stars)

Ruth has a wonderful voice for this novel and excellent flow. Bob Sage however was really bad. I appreciate the effort he made but it was so staggering and poorly recorded I had to skip his chapters and read them instead.

Not really a very interesting a story

(3 stars)

Besides the long drawn-out, overly wordy text the readers are of varying quality. several do not know correct English pronunciations and some were hard to understand.