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    • The Return of the Native

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 754
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 683
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 663

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Always Hardy

    • By Wallen on 04-20-11

    Regular price: $24.51

    • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Davina Porter Does It Again!

    • By misaki on 06-15-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Far From the Madding Crowd

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 925
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 923

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Country tales and voices.

    • By Judyth on 01-07-15

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Short Stories: The Vintage Collection

    • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saki, Thomas Hardy, and others
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Martin Jarvis, Hugh Laurie, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 65

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb Collection and Production

    • By andrew on 07-14-12

    Regular price: $13.42

    • A Literary Christmas

    • By: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 352
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 318
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 312

    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".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Marvelous, with one very avoidable flaw

    • By Conguirk on 12-03-14

    Regular price: $7.22

    • Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    Michael Henchard, drunk at a country fair, sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas. The following day, in despair and remorse, he forswears alcohol and sets out to redeem himself. In time, he becomes a respected merchant and eventually the mayor of the town. But Fate is not to be so easily appeased, and Henchard finds his past actions resonate through and destroy his plans for the future.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By Tad Davis on 12-17-10

    Regular price: $44.09

    • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Jack
    • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented was Thomas Hardy's penultimate novel.

    First published in 1891 and now considered a great classic of English literature, the book received mixed reviews when it first appeared, in part because it challenged the sexual mores of Hardy's day.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great Deal

    • By Ruth on 02-24-10

    Regular price: $16.01

    • Jude the Obscure

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Brian Hall
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    One of Jude Fawley's ambitions in life is a university education, but his dreams come crashing down around him when he is forced into marriage with Arabella. The marriage doesn't last long before his new bride abandons him for a different life. Left with nothing more than his broken dreams, Jude moves to the city of Christminster, where he finds work as a stonemason.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Woodlanders

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    Set in the Dorset landscape familiar to Hardy novels, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-do-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of a dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Mrs Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thomas Hardy lesser known work

    • By Molly Aultz on 06-12-08

    Regular price: $20.34

    • Jude The Obscure

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 67

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Staggering

    • By Tad Davis on 02-16-10

    Regular price: $21.68

    • The World's Best Classic Short Stories

    • By: O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19

    A glittering collection of some of the world's finest short stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful group of short stories

    • By Ken Larsen on 02-04-15

    Regular price: $64.00

    • Under the Greenwood Tree

    • The Mellstock Choir - A Rural Painting of the Dutch School
    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Under the Greenwood Tree is an affectionate and youthful portrait of a world Hardy knew well - village life in 'Wessex' - in which a romantic tale is set against changing circumstances. The traditional feature of local music making performed by the village band and choir is challenged by the modern innovation of organ and organist providing music in the church.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I'm a Hardy fan but...

    • By Jordan Rivers on 07-24-15

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Jude the Obscure

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Left reeling

    • By Tad Davis on 03-03-14

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Tess of the D'urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Dixon
    • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jenny Dixon

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-09-15

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Far from the Madding Crowd (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Nick Sandys
    • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    In rural Victorian England, the willful Bathsheba Everdene is courted by three men: her repressed neighbor, a devoted shepherd, and a thriftless soldier. They cross and clash again and again in tragedy, grief, betrayal, misguided affections, and the follies of romantic love. Though far from the fury of the city, the drama they engender is equal to the whole of the universe in madness and passion.

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Pamela Garelick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Rooted in an actual case of wife-selling in early nineteenth-century England, the story builds into an awesome Sophoclean drama of guilt and revenge, in which the strong, willful Henchard rises to a position of wealth and power, only to achieve a most bitter downfall. Proud, obsessed, ultimately committed to his own destruction, Henchard is, as Albert Guerard has said, "Hardy's Lord Jim...his only tragic hero and one of the greatest tragic heroes in all fiction."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous

    • By Biggar Thomas on 01-06-05

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Return of the Native

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Set in Egdon Heath, a wild tract of country in the southwest of England, this is a masterpiece of dramatic tension. Clym Yeobright, a diamond merchant in Paris, returns to his home in Egdon, where he falls passionately in love with the sensuous, free-spirited Eustacia Vye. She, while in a brief state of infatuation, marries him, hoping he will take her away to a more exciting life in Paris. But Eustacia's dreams of escape are not to be realized.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Are we all natives?

    • By erssmith on 04-15-17

    Regular price: $25.17

    • The Hangman's Noose

    • Strange tales of executions and executioners
    • By: Thomas Hardy, Ambrose Bierce, Bram Stoker, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    An exceptional collection of strange and uncanny tales which cast various slants on that most grisly of events, the execution.

    Regular price: $34.78

    • The Return of the Native

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • How Sweet the Sound

    • By KP on 04-10-13

    Regular price: $25.19

    • Far from the Madding Crowd

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Very disappointing

    • By Stephen on 02-07-16

    Regular price: $31.49

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