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.
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.
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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.....
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
Naturally, Tess. She's no Clair Frasier but Davina always brings a story to life.
Tad late for that.
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.
It tore my heart out.. outstanding read if you like writing in this period,, Which I love.
I liked them all,, even the villain ..
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. :-)
Numerous moments, but the end tore me up... Not sure if I can handle another Thomas Hardy book .. great writer .keeps you in suspense.
I enjoyed it because I could listen when I was doing manual labor and that way my work was not so boring..
A gentle pleasant read. Good reading voice. Easy to follow with good storyline straightforward with good unpredictable plot.
Struggle from poverty to stability.
When she gets out of bad relationship.
Relationships change. Sometimes it's better the second time.
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...
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?
a movie yes.
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