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Tess of the d'Urbervilles | [Thomas Hardy]

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 26 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. Scandalous when first published in part because it challenged the sexual mores of Hardy’s day. One of the most important works of English literature. Brilliantly read by Mary Sarah Agliotta.
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Publisher's Summary

The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 26 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. Scandalous when first published in part because it challenged the sexual mores of Hardy’s day. One of the most important works of English literature. Brilliantly read by Mary Sarah Agliotta.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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    Rosemary FORT WORTH, TX, United States 06-22-14
    Rosemary FORT WORTH, TX, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great novel, but read very quickly"

    There's no time to savor Hardy's beautiful language because the reader speaks so fast.. Great book, but pick one of the versions read by someone else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Prsilla 05-30-14
    Prsilla 05-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "Maddening Bad Reading by Angliotta -- Can't Listen"

    I've had this book for awhile and have already suffered with that Angliotta person trying to read Jane Austen. She rushes and swallows the last part of every important word. The neighbor's 7-year-old would do a better job.; Anyone at all would do a better job. I'm bailing for now and look forward to hearing Davina Porter do the work justice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt 04-26-14
    Kurt 04-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A classic made better by the narrator"

    In endeavoring to read or re-read classics, I was moved by the themes that are as real today as when it was written. Excellent narration.

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    5/20/14
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    "POOR PERFORMANCE. NO WONDER IT'S SO CHEAP."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator would have made a huge difference. It was very disappointing. A good story ruined by the narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tess of the d'Urbervilles?

    Nothing in this performance.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Sarah?

    Any English person.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is great.


    Any additional comments?

    It was bad enough having an American reading a Thomas Hardy classic but the narrator somehow seemed to think Dorset is in Ireland. Her rustic Irish accents for Hardy's Wessex characters were farcical.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bob
    Sheffield
    8/29/14
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    "The saddest story written"
    What made the experience of listening to Tess of the d'Urbervilles the most enjoyable?

    The fantastic writing of thomas Hardy weaves a poignant tale together which cannot fail to touch the heart.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tess, she has the world to contend with and nearly prevails but leaves on her own terms for the only time in her short life.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story is one that always makes me cry. The injustice as suffered by Tess is so affecting.


    Any additional comments?

    The run off at the end of chapters is too long, sometimes 20 seconds or longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kimmidp
    brussels belgium
    6/9/13
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    "not a bargain :("

    just thought it would be refreshing to delve into a classic once again...
    and as on offer i was tempted... but sadly the recording quality is awful and not at all
    pleasurable to listen too ....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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