Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy audiobook

Far From the Madding Crowd

By Thomas Hardy
Read by Jamie Parker

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14.88 Hours Unabridged
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In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of feminine independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Captain Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874 and an immediate bestseller, Far from the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain’s foremost novelists.

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Summary

Summary

In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of feminine independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Captain Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community.

Published in 1874 and an immediate bestseller, Far from the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain’s foremost novelists.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is one of the most underrated Victorian classics. It is sharp-witted, beautiful, and shockingly quite feminist…This takes place in nineteenth-century England near Bath, and the language is almost as beautiful as a countryside its set in.” BookRiot
“British actor Jamie Parker’s sonorous voice complements Hardy’s deliberate style. While Parker assumes an unhurried tone throughout the narrative, he provides energetic feeling in the dialogue. His vocal characterizations are well executed, particularly in the discussions of the townspeople in which he portrays the local dialects convincingly. He also effectively contrasts the methodical Gabriel Oak and the haughty Bathsheba in their heated discussions. Parker skillfully navigates the listener through the novel, and his attention to the nuances of Hardy’s prose makes his narration especially compelling.” AudioFile

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Reviews

by K 9/13/2017
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Amazing story

I purchased this audiobook after watching the recent film adaptation, half worried that maybe the Bathsheba and Gabriel of the movie had been "modernized" and I would not like the original novel. Not to fear! The Bathsheba of the novel is just as intelligent, fierce, and awesome as her film counterpart. Likewise, Gabriel is just as smart, decent, and all-around-dreamy. This story reminded me of a lot of what I loved about the novel "Middlemarch"--to call it only a romance would be to sideline what is a very compelling story about two people trying to find their places in the world. This is just excellent fiction, and it is well narrated by Jamie Parker. Highly, highly recommended.

Author

Author Bio: Thomas Hardy

Author Bio: Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), English poet, dramatist, and novelist, was born on the Egdon Heath in Dorset. He studied in Dorchester and apprenticed to an architect before leaving for London, where he began to write. Unable to find a public for his poetry, which idealized the rural life, he turned to the novel and met with success as well as controversy. The strong public reaction against some of his darker themes turned him back to writing verse. Today several of his novels are considered masterpieces of tragedy.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 14.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English