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  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Eustacia Vye, sensuous and wild as the moors of Egdon Heath, brings nothing but misfortune to her lovers, Damon Wildeve and Clym Yeobright. This, contrasted with the kindness and faithfulness of the reddleman Diggory Venn, Thomasin, and the local furze cutters, all combine to form a gripping tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great classic written by a great author

  • By Joan Davis on 02-19-15

A great classic written by a great author

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-15

Thomas Hardy truly captures the time and place in this, one of his most famous novels . Although not one of my favorite Hardy novels,it held me fast as they all do.

  • Trollope

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Anthony Trollope is most famous for his portrait of the professional and landed classes of Victorian England, especially in his Palliser and Barsetshire novels. But he was also the author of one of the most fascinating autobiographies of the nineteenth century. Trollope was born in 1815, the product of a formidable mother and a tragically unsuccessful father who was socially ambitious for his sons. He was the victim of vicious bullying at Harrow and Winchester. But he had inherited his mother's determination, and managed later to carve out a successful career in the General Post Office while devoting every spare moment to writing. How he paid his groom to wake him every morning at 5:30 a.m. and disciplined himself to write 250 words every fifteen minutes has become part of literary legend. His efforts resulted in over sixty books, a sizable fortune, and fame, and his autobiography. Trollope looks back on his life with satisfaction. Perhaps as interesting as the facts he reveals and the opinions he records about Dickens and George Eliot, politics and the civil service are the judgments he passes on his own character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the meaning of work

  • By Fortunee on 01-05-08

Excellent reading of an excellent autobiography!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-14

Where does Trollope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks at the top. Mayes' voice is Trollope's voice. As an avid Trollope reader, this is how I always imagined him as the voice of his novels, telling the story. He says in the autobiography that he actually lived in the character's shoes, so to speak, and knew what and how the character's spoke.

What other book might you compare Trollope to and why?

There is no comparison in biographies (and I have read many); I have read no other autobiographies that I can recall offhand.

What about Bernard Mayes’s performance did you like?

Everything!! I do not like a lot readers, I just stop listening and read the book. The voice in my head is better. Not so with this audiobook. It added to the book tremendously. I can't wait to see if there is another book read by this reader.

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

The last few pages were the most heart stirring of any book I have ever read, especially with the voice of the reader. I wanted everyone I know to read it, or better still, to hear it.

Any additional comments?

This is my first review that I can remember, even though I've been an Audible member for as long as I can remember. I love books, and as I get older, my eyesight is dimming. I love holding a book, and usually listen partly to any book I read. I worked as an itinerant teacher, listening to books as I drove from school to school, sometimes in another town.

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