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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!"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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."
  • 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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    Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

    Doggy Bird says: "Might Be My Favorite Audiobook of All Time!"
  • 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"
  • 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.

  • 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".

    Conguirk says: "Marvelous, with one very avoidable flaw"
  • Jude the Obscure | Thomas Hardy

    Jude the Obscure

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Sexually innocent Jude Fawley is trapped into marriage by seductive Arabella Donn, but their union is an unhappy one and Arabella leaves him. Jude's welcome freedom allows him to pursue his obsession with his pretty cousin Sue Bridehead, a brilliant, charismatic free-thinker who would be his ideal soul-mate if not for her aversion to physical love. When Jude and Sue decide to lead their lives outside marriage they bring down on themselves all the force of a repressive society.

    Tad Davis says: "Left reeling"
  • 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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    Hardy's first major literary success, here brought to life by narrator Nathaniel Parker, is the story of the independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits her uncle's farm, the largest estate in the area. She surprises the villagers of Weatherbury by deciding to run it herself. Attracted to this bold young woman are three suitors all vying for her affections. They include the lonely gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the young and handsome but inconsiderate Sergeant Troy and the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak.

    vhuggins says: "Does Thomas Hardy justice"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Tess Durbeyfield, the daughter of an impoverished family, must navigate a world of desire and romance once she meets Alec d'Urberville. The son of a rich widow, he takes a fancy to her and gets her a position as the poultry keeper on his family's estate. However, her good fortune is soon complicated by Alec's libertine ways, and Tess returns home shamed. Once recovered, she separates herself from the gossip by finding work at a dairy farm outside the village.

    Gillian says: "Passions, Lamentations, And Tragedy--"
  • 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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    This audiobook is about the rise and fall of Michael Henchard. While out-of-work he gets drunk at a fair and impulsively sells his wife and baby for five guineas to a sailor. Eighteen years later he is reunited with his wife and daughter, who discover that he has gained wealth and respect and is now the most prominent man in Casterbridge. Though he attempts to make amends he is no less impulsive and once again loses everything due to bad luck and his violent, selfish and vengeful nature.

    Joseph R says: "Tangled Webs"
  • The Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy

    The Return of the Native

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    One of Thomas Hardy's classic statements about modern love, courtship, and marriage, The Return of the Native is set in the pastoral village of Egdon Heath. The fiery Eustacia Vye, wishing only for passionate love, believes that her escape from Egdon lies in her marriage to Clym Yeobright, the returning "native", home from Paris and discontented with his work there.

    KP says: "How Sweet the Sound"
  • Favorite Poems for Children | Lewis Carroll,James Reeves,Oliver Herford,Edward Lear,Kenneth Grahame,Hilaire Belloc,William Blake,Thomas Hardy

    Favorite Poems for Children

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll, James Reeves, Oliver Herford, and others
    • Narrated By Katinka Wolf
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    Dance with a lobster, telephone an elephant or knock on a moonlit door - this collection includes magical, macabre, dramatic, funny, bizarre, absurd, delightful, moving and charming poems by Lewis Carroll, A.A. Milne, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, Kenneth Grahame and many others. Readers such as Anton Lesser, Simon Russell-Beale and Timothy West bring the lines beautifully to life and make this an ideal introduction to some of the best-loved children's poetry.

    Terrance Hanna says: "A treasure in poetry"
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Naxos) | Thomas Hardy

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Naxos)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    Kelly says: "Great Reader"
  • Two on a Tower | Thomas Hardy

    Two on a Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
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    Two on a Tower is Hardy's ninth novel and contains perhaps his most complete use of the theme of love across the class and age divide, to beautifully depict Hardy's reverence for science and astronomy. The unhappily married Lady Constantine breaks all the rules of social etiquette when she falls in love with young Swithin St. Cleeve, an astronomer and her social inferior. Despite their differences that society deems unacceptable, together, from an astronomical observatory, the lovers 'sweep the heavens'.

    Kisha says: "Old fashined love story"
  • 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 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Peter Firth
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    When John Durbeyfield discovers a family connection to the ancient Norman family, the D'Urbervilles, the fate of daughter Tess is transformed. Sent by her ambitious parents to visit her wealthy D'Urberville cousins, Tess attracts the attention of the unscrupulous Alec. Seduced and discarded by him and alone in the world, she finds work as a milkmaid and the love of Angel Clare. Yet his love cannot accept the truth about Tess's past.

    Claire says: "Peter Firth gets this book"
  • The Poetry of April: A Month in Verse | Wilfred Owen,Robert Louis Stevenson,Henry Van Dyke,Thomas Hardy,Percy Bysshe Shelley

    The Poetry of April: A Month in Verse

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Wilfred Owen, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry Van Dyke, and others
    • Narrated By Richard Mitchley, Ghizela Rowe
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    April - the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar heralds spring in earnest and, of course, April showers and perhaps other unsettled weather. For our poets, including Owen, Stevenson, Van Dyke, Hardy, and Shelley, the month provides a rich source for them to muse upon.

  • The World's Best Classic Short Stories | O. Henry,Edgar Allan Poe,Oscar Wilde, Saki,Kate Chopin,Thomas Hardy,Rudyard Kipling

    The World's Best Classic Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A glittering collection of some of the world's finest short stories.

    Ken Larsen says: "Wonderful group of short stories"
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