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Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Naxos) | [Thomas Hardy]

Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Naxos)

Socially critical and emotionally complex, Tess of the d'Urbervilles is Hardy's masterpiece. It tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, forced by her family's poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy d'Urbervilles. Violated by the son, Alec, her hopes of rebuilding her life with the gentle and bookish Angel Clare founder when he learns of her past.
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Socially critical and emotionally complex, Tess of the d'Urbervilles is Hardy's masterpiece. It tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, forced by her family's poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy d'Urbervilles. Violated by the son, Alec, her hopes of rebuilding her life with the gentle and bookish Angel Clare founder when he learns of her past. Sensitively read by Anna Bentinck.

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Public Domain ©2008 Naxos Audiobooks; (P)2008 Naxos Audiobooks

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    Kelly Boulder, Colorado 01-28-09
    Kelly Boulder, Colorado 01-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Reader"

    The reader has such talent in changing her voice for each character that you can tell which character is talking without even being told. She can portray all the male voices equally as well as the female characters. The book itself, although a great story and moral tale of double standards can often be a bit depressing. It is a great classic story though.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Philadelphia, PA, USA 06-19-09
    Frances Philadelphia, PA, USA 06-19-09
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    "Totally mesmerizing"

    I wish I could double my five stars. I loved this book. It has such intense emotions, twisting plot, beautiful portraits of country life 200 years ago (almost) and breath-taking sentences. What amazing writing, where one sentence carries you through several philosophical problems that seem to emerge from a simple country observation. And the reader is amazing, she does so many different accents. This is one of my very favorite books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    G Reinhardt 08-07-10
    G Reinhardt 08-07-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Tragedy"

    This was the first Audible book that I've ever had trouble with skipping, so the previous reviews are correct. It does has some technical difficulties.

    One more classic down. (this book was written in 1891).

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles was quite modern and open minded in its day! It was well written and well narrated. However, I will never read it again. The pour heroine never catches a break and the story is incredibly depressing throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 07-06-10
    Amazon Customer Utah 07-06-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Emotionally exhausting"

    This is one of the most depressing books I have ever read!! I just don't know what to say. I enjoyed reading most of it. Hardy is a fabulous writer, but I hated the ending. I knew something crazy was coming, but it took me off guard, and knocked the wind out of me. Oh what a sad, depressing tale.

    Now I started out saying I hated the ending, but thinking back on it, I realize that it was bittersweet. In fact there was a lot of sweetness in it. She finally got what she wanted and was extremely happy for a short time. But she just couldn't win. Some people just cannot sustain happiness, and of course, under the circumstances, happiness was not going to last for her.

    This book wore me out. I felt exhausted when I finished it. It will be on my mind for days.

    The narration by Anna Benlinck was top notch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dielle 04-02-10
    Dielle 04-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great narrator tragic story"

    I had never read the book and was hesitant. But I did enjoy it quite a bit. The narration was excellent. My only complaint is there are several places where the recording skips. Most are short; a sentence or two. But one was long, the entire scene in the d'Urberville vault is missing entirely. Otherwise very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Malgorzata london, Ontario, Canada 03-08-10
    Malgorzata london, Ontario, Canada 03-08-10
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    "Enchanting"

    A very powerful love story. Quite unforgettable.

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    David 05-01-14
    David 05-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "This audiobook skips a lot"
    What would have made Tess of the d'Urbervilles better?

    It is ridiculous that this audiobook retails for $44, given that it skips throughout. Why does this continue to be a problem with so many Audible books?


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

    An excellent reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book, but the quality of the audio file leaves much to be desired. I can't believe this is still a problem on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David C. Cain Dallas, Texas 12-05-11
    David C. Cain Dallas, Texas 12-05-11 Listener Since 2008

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    "great novel, silly voices"

    This is one of the best nineteenth century English novels and very well done but I really would have preferred a straight reading, without the silly voices

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    Hákon 03-13-11
    Hákon 03-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "classic, but aweful"

    I understand that this story is a classic and has been done over and over again in television, film and such but dear deity of choice did this book get on my nerves. Only once before have I encountered a narrative that pissed me off as much as this book.
    I do not recommend this book to anyone except for literary students, people who have to read it and people who enjoy raging.
    Other than that, the narrator had a pretty decent voice for this book and portrayed the characters well. I do not regret the purchase however, one must taste the bitter to enjoy the sweet.

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    Jim Grace 10-16-10
    Jim Grace 10-16-10 Member Since 2005
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    "a classic...and yet?"

    I really, really wanted to like this one and I listened all the way through hoping that it would grow on me. After all, it's considered to be a classic....Time after time I was annoyed by the main character - sweet, but what a victim she was! Perhaps an accurate picture of the times but annoying none the less.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jennifer
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    The narration is acceptable - the accents and characterisations are good, though when speaking as the narrator the reader tends a little towards 'intoning' and doesn't sound quite natural. The most annoying thing, though, is that the editing has been done very carelessly and pauses at the end of sentences and paragraphs are sometimes omitted, making it sound odd, and even occasionally the end of a sentence is cut off completely - I've gone back several times to listen again to see if I was mistaken. So far I've been able to work out the missing words, so it hasn't affected the story too much, but if I had paid full price for this I would be making a complaint.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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