March 2, 2013

Audiobook: Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert
read by : Donada Peters
ages: adult

So,  thought I'd listen to the classics this year. And, since I've never read Madame Bovary, I figured why not listen to it? I admit that I had no idea what it was about going in, and also that the back blurb was singularly unhelpful.

That said, even though Donada Peters sounds vaguely like Judy Dench, I found myself highly -- HIGHLY -- bored with listening to this one. After a while, Peters voice began to grate on me, and I just bailed. Nothing -- not a single thing -- about the story was drawing me in. Not the characters, not the writing, and definitely not the narration.

So, that leaves me with this: was it the translation? Was it the audiobook? There has to be a reason this is considered a classic. Should I give it another try?

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Nope. It's just the book. It was horrible. I just kept hoping Emma would kill herself so that the book would end. There is nothing about that book that I found redeemable, not even studying it afterwards for my book club. If I could unread it, I would.