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yes. The writing of Hardy is worth second third and fourth looks. Beautiful descriptions and keen observations of the human condition, with just the right balance of humor and pathos.
Nathaniel Parker's narration; Thomas Hardy's exquisite descriptions, observations and character development.
yes, hard to put down, but it is a long book, and it needed to "breathe" as the story went on.
It will be hard to top anything that Nathaniel Parker narrates. He did an excellent job. Only wish there were more books available narrated by him!
This Thomas Hardy masterpiece is presented with excellent narration. The quality of the production is wonderful. My only question, why doesn't Nathaniel Parker do more of Thomas Hardy?
Gabriel Oak is man of virtue and integrity, a giant in fiction.
Yes, I loved this book!
Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite authors and this book is probaby my favorite of his books. It has the darkness that a lot of his novels have, but it has some light as well. Bathsheba is a very complex character with very definite faults. Nobody in this novel is too perfect and everyone seems very human. Nathaniel Parker is a great narrator. At first I thought he read a little fast, but either he slowed down or I got used to it because I really enjoyed his reading. He does a wonderful job with the characters, and Bathsheba doesn't have that annoying sound that some male narrators give their female characters. I will definitely be listening to this one again.
Nathaniel Parker's characters are stunning. Accents, toning, even breath sounds make Hardy's world so real as to seem to belong to the listener.
"Evocative, clear story-telling"
I loved the re-telling of a classic novel. The story in itself is a rich and complex novel, but what really makes this recording stand out is Nathaniel Parker's use of individualizing all of the many characters with a slight change of his voice, so that we know exactly who is talking and the intonation they are implying. Well worth listening to.
"Far From The Madding Crowd"
A well known story thanks to a great film. The film, though, omits many of the great details of Hardy's classic tale. Here is love, commitment, passion, desire and the terrible resut of unfulfilled love. Beautifully read, all the passion is is here. Classic.
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