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  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    misaki says: "Davina Porter Does It Again!"
  • The Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy

    The Return of the Native

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Alan Rickman
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    Eustacia Vye is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different from hers, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness.

    Doggy Bird says: "Might Be My Favorite Audiobook of All Time!"
  • Far From the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy

    Far From the Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Jamie Parker
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    In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists.

    Judyth says: "Country tales and voices."
  • A Literary Christmas | Charles Dickens,Jane Austen,Rudyard Kipling,Thomas Hardy,William Wordsworth,Laurie Lee,Samuel Pepys

    A Literary Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Simon Callow
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    Read by Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow, A Literary Christmas is a seasonal anthology that collects together poems, short stories, and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Like Charles Dickens’ ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, they are representative of times old and new - from John Donne’s Elizabethan hymn over the baby Jesus to Rudyard Kipling’s "Christmas in India", from Thomas Tusser counting the cost of a Tudor feast to Laurie Lee’s "Cider with Rosie".

    Puppy Cat says: "Wonderful Christmas stories and excerpts!"
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Kate Petrie
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    The story of Tess, daughter of a poor peddler, is one of heartbreak and sorrow, deception and indecency. When sent to live with a wealthy family, the D'Urbervilles, who are not who they appear to be, Tess endures many hardships and abuse, while trying to make a fortune with the family to whom she believes she is related to. The abuse leads to her getting pregnant by a man named Alec.

  • The Mayor of Casterbridge | Thomas Hardy

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
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    Michael Henchard gets drunk at a fair and sells his wife and child for five guineas to a sailor. Henchard proves to be violent, selfish, greedy and crude, yet at the same time he is magnanimous and humble.

    Joseph R says: "Tangled Webs"
  • Short Stories: The Vintage Collection | F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saki,Thomas Hardy,Kate Chopin,James Thurber,P. G. Wodehouse

    Short Stories: The Vintage Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saki, Thomas Hardy, and others
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Martin Jarvis, Hugh Laurie, and others
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    The fifth volume in CSA Word's massively popular complete and unabridged ‘Short Stories’ collection is bound to please. With something for everyone this collection of classic stories read by only the best-suited and most established readers will delight the ears as a vintage wine excites the gullet; The Vintage Collection is audible gold. Features eye-catching typographical series design.

    andrew says: "Superb Collection and Production"
  • Far From The Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy

    Far From The Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
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    This is the story of Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits her uncle's farm, then surprises the villagers of Weatherbury by deciding to run it herself rather than hire a manager. 3 men vie for the affections of this independent young woman.

    vhuggins says: "Does Thomas Hardy justice"
  • The Richard Burton Poetry Collection | Samuel Coleridge,Thomas Hardy,John Donne

    The Richard Burton Poetry Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Samuel Coleridge, Thomas Hardy, John Donne
    • Narrated By Richard Burton
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    Richard Burton reads from Hardy and Donne, and performs a wonderful unabridged version of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (along with Robert Hardy and John Neville).

    Jamie Milton Freestone says: "A truly great voice reading some excellent poems"
  • Far From the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy

    Far From the Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    Thomas Hardy brings us an England that once existed but no more. It is rural, traditional, pastoral - a society of mannered conduct that flows like a deep river where powerful currents eddy and swirl. In this powerful novel of love and disillusion, Hardy's heroine is torn between the three men in her life. Passionate but capricious, her romantic involvements have fascinated generations of readers.

    Connie says: "respite from the madding crowd"
  • Desperate Remedies | Thomas Hardy

    Desperate Remedies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Melody Grove
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    Cytherea has taken a position as lady's maid to the eccentric Miss Aldclyffe. On discovering that the man she loves is already engaged to his cousin, Cytherea comes under the influence of Miss Aldclyffe's fascinating, manipulative steward Manston. Desperate Remedies contains sensational ingredients of blackmail, murder and romance, but with its insight into psychology and sexuality it already bears the unmistakable imprint of Hardy’s future genius.

  • Wessex Tales | Thomas Hardy

    Wessex Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Wessex Tales, a collection of short stories including "The Three Strangers", "The Withered Arm", and "The Distracted Preacher", deals with a number of timeless themes seen so often in Hardy’s work: marriage, class, revenge, and disappointed love. Many of the tales have a supernatural tinge, and all are set around Hardy’s much loved homeland.

    Tad Davis says: "A Sampler"
  • Far from the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy

    Far from the Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Gabriel Oak is only one of three suitors for the hand of the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene. He must compete with the dashing young soldier Sergeant Troy and the respectable, middle-aged Farmer Boldwood. And while their fates depend upon the choice Bathsheba makes, she discovers the terrible consequences of an inconstant heart.

    🌼DARA says: "Another Classic!"
  • The Woodlanders | Thomas Hardy

    The Woodlanders

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    The Woodlanders is vintage Hardy. The story revolves around the young woman Grace Melbury, who returns to the leafy world of Little Hintock and soon finds herself at the center of a number of tragic events. In penetrating, incisive, and beautiful prose, Hardy tells a moving tale of unrequited love as fate and the constraints of society thwart the happiness of our heroine. The leafy world of Blackmoor Vale and the hamlet of Little Hintock are all lovingly described by Hardy, who named The Woodlanders as the favorite of all his novels.

    Kathi says: "A Masterpiece of writing and narration!"
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Young Tess Durbeyfield attempts to restore her family's fortunes by claiming their connection with the aristocratic d'Urbervilles. But Alec d'Urberville is a rich wastrel who seduces her and makes her life miserable. When Tess meets Angel Clare, she is offered true love and happiness, but her past catches up with her and she faces an agonizing moral choice.

    Ilana says: "Beautiful and Heartbreaking"
  • Jude the Obscure | Thomas Hardy

    Jude the Obscure

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
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    When the great Thomas Hardy published this heart-wrenching novel, he had no idea it would be his last. But the book stirred so much controversy and protest, Hardy vowed to never write fiction again. Jude the Obscure tells the story of a stonemason, tricked into a loveless marriage, who craves a formal education and a finer existence. Separated from his wife, Jude begins a new life with his cousin, and the couple defies social convention at every turn.

    D. Byrd says: "A sad and world-changing book"
  • Tess of the D'urbervilles | Thomas Hardy

    Tess of the D'urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Jennifer Dixon
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    Tess of the d'Urbervilles is the 19th century novel lately thought to be one of the inspirations of E .L.James' Fifty Shades of Grey. It depicts the life of an impressionable, naive, somewhat educated young woman who yearns to be free to live her own life, but finds herself constricted by the bonds of the sexual, religious and socially hypocritical customs that have surrounded her from birth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Jenny Dixon"
  • Favourite Short Stories: 50 Classic Tales | Arthur Conan Doyle,O. Henry,Anthony Trollope,G. K. Chesterton,Thomas Hardy,Katherine Mansfield,Hugh Walpole

    Favourite Short Stories: 50 Classic Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, O. Henry, Anthony Trollope, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A thoroughly engaging collection of classic short stories from some of the greatest writers who lived.

  • Jude The Obscure | Thomas Hardy

    Jude The Obscure

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    This is the story of a young country workman obsessed by his ambition to become an Oxford student, interwoven with his fraught relationships with two women.

    Tad Davis says: "Staggering"
  • Far From the Madding Crowd (Movie Tie-in Edition) | Thomas Hardy

    Far From the Madding Crowd (Movie Tie-in Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Nicholas Guy Smith
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    Despite the violent ends of several of its major characters, Far from the Madding Crowd is the sunniest and least brooding of Hardy's great novels. The strong-minded Bathsheba Everdene - and the devoted shepherd, obsessed farmer, and dashing soldier who vie for her favor - move through a beautifully realized late 19th-century agrarian landscape, still almost untouched by the industrial revolution and the encroachment of modern life.

    Mimijo says: "Wonderful performance that brings new life to this classic"
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