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Tess of the d'Urbervilles | [Thomas Hardy]

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Tess Durbeyfield has become one of the most famous female protagonists in 19th-century British literature. Betrayed by the two men in her life - Alec D’Urberville, her seducer/rapist and father of her fated child; and Angel, her intellectual and pious husband - Tess takes justice, and her own destiny, into her delicate hands. In telling her desperate and passionate story, Hardy brings Tess to life with an extraordinary vividness that makes her live in the heart of the reader long after the novel is concluded.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Thomas Hardy's exquisite story stars one of the most famous female protagonists in English literature. With natural intonation, Davina Porter's artistic voice sweeps listeners into the charm of the English countryside and into the life of this extraordinary character. Thomas Hardy would enjoy this rendition of his Tess, the pure and simple peasant girl, the beauty, the child, the woman. We are provoked by the society that binds her with social and gender constraints. And even when she rightfully defies the men who betray her, atonement is not at hand. This memorable character will stay with listeners long after this vivid rendition of the novel ends.

Publisher's Summary

Tess Durbeyfield, a peasant girl and cast-off descendant of English aristocracy, has become one of the most famous female protagonists in 19th-century British literature. Betrayed by the two men in her life - Alec D’Urberville, her seducer/rapist and father of her fated child; and Angel, her intellectual and pious husband - Tess takes justice, and her own destiny, into her delicate hands. In telling her desperate and passionate story, Hardy brings Tess to life with an extraordinary vividness that makes her live in the heart of the reader long after the novel is concluded.

Public Domain (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Rebecca Sylvan Lake, AB, Canada 01-16-13
    Rebecca Sylvan Lake, AB, Canada 01-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Davina Porter makes this lovely book even better"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Naturally the writing style was a bit old fashioned for my taste but the subject matter and innuendos were surprisingly riske and modern. I'd like to complain about the tragic ending but in all honesty I can't. It was refreshing to read a novel that was realistic and believable. Overall the writing style was what I expected and the story was beautiful. You'll be writing down quotes as you go.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was very interesting to get an accurate interpretation of what life was like for a woman like Tess. I find that as a woman I take for granted what would have saved her from such misery. If you're in the mood to appreciate the small things there is no part of this book that isn't interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Naturally, Tess. She's no Clair Frasier but Davina always brings a story to life.


    Do you think Tess of the d’Urbervilles needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Tad late for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this book. Don't expect a rock your socks romance but Tess will stay in the back of your mind long after you finish.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Fran Silt, CO, United States 11-09-12
    Fran Silt, CO, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Tess of the d’Urbervilles the most enjoyable?

    I love the narrator's voice. Since this story was written so long ago, it described the life and times of the people, politics, religion, etc. I love the "history" of it. I could picture the countryside, feel grateful that I never had to suffer the deprivation that was so common back then, could feel the fabrics, and taste the food.....


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    To me, Davina Porter is a famous narrator. I am used to, and love the sound of, her voice. Her inflections of the dialog were spot on.


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

    One of the scenes that struck me was the description of the work performed by hand in the turnip fields; the extreme physicality of it, braving the elements, and subsisting on next to no food...


    Any additional comments?

    The authors of those times have an excellent command of vocabulary and phrasing, setting the scenes and transitioning into the next scene. Very articulate and descriptive...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    d op REDMOND, WA, United States 04-24-13
    d op REDMOND, WA, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great period piece"
    Would you listen to Tess of the d’Urbervilles again? Why?

    It tore my heart out.. outstanding read if you like writing in this period,, Which I love.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all,, even the villain ..


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

    Davina Porter does an outstanding job, with male and female voices.

    I feel "listen" to books is different from reading books. I like both. Depends on my mood and eyes. :-)


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

    Numerous moments, but the end tore me up... Not sure if I can handle another Thomas Hardy book .. great writer .keeps you in suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    Good Read/listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Coos Bay, Oregon, United States 02-25-13
    Dorothy Coos Bay, Oregon, United States 02-25-13
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    "enjable listening/////////////////////////////////"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tess of the d’Urbervilles to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed it because I could listen when I was doing manual labor and that way my work was not so boring..


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond G. Harder Brea, CA 02-04-13
    Raymond G. Harder Brea, CA 02-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Still a classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Tess of the d’Urbervilles the most enjoyable?

    A gentle pleasant read. Good reading voice. Easy to follow with good storyline straightforward with good unpredictable plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Struggle from poverty to stability.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she gets out of bad relationship.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Relationships change. Sometimes it's better the second time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Widewater, AB, Canada 01-07-14
    Mary Widewater, AB, Canada 01-07-14
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    "So disappointing"

    This was likely the most depressing story I have ever read. I didn't like any of the characters and there was not a happy moment in the entire story and left one feeling totally 'yuck' in the end! Davina Porter is the only high point as she is an incredible narrator...but even she could not help this story...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn NASHUA, NH, United States 07-20-13
    Carolyn NASHUA, NH, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "ehh, can't find the good in this one."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    not really. i was thinking this was a great classic, and wanted to mark it off that list, but it was not great at all. the heroin was not a strong female role model, she had no redeeming qualities. why is this a classic?


    Has Tess of the d’Urbervilles turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no.


    Could you see Tess of the d’Urbervilles being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    a movie yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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