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    • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276

    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

    • The Return of the Native

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 824
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 750
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 729

    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

    • 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 1,074
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 980
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 978

    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

    • 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 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    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

    • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.

    Regular price: $0.94

    • 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 90
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 66

    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

    • 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 98
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    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

    • 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 22
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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

    • Far from the Madding Crowd

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 518
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 443
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 441

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Does Thomas Hardy justice

    • By vhuggins on 06-11-13

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Woodlanders

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Masterpiece of writing and narration!

    • By Kathi on 05-17-14

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Jude The Obscure

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 72

    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

    • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Passions, Lamentations, And Tragedy--

    • By Gillian on 11-22-17

    Regular price: $23.09

    • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Peter Firth
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 147

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Peter Firth gets this book

    • By Claire on 04-11-10

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tangled Webs

    • By Joseph R on 12-22-09

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Jude the Obscure

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Brian Hall
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Don't read this.

    • By Anonymous User on 08-30-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 266
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 233

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful and Heartbreaking

    • By Ilana on 11-04-12

    Regular price: $25.19

    • 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 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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

    • A Literary Christmas

    • By: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 358
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 323
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 317

    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

    • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Kate Petrie
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, Beautiful Novel, Wonderfully Read

    • By J. W. Coop on 08-18-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Desperate Remedies

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
    • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    After the untimely death of their parents, Cytheria and Owen Graye must go out into the world and fend for themselves. Cytheria's journey leads her to the dark and mysterious household of Miss Aldclyffe, a capricious and eccentric woman, who steers Cytheria into a love affair with her charismatic steward, Aeneous Manston. All is not what it seems, and Cytheria finds herself entangled in a violent web of lust, murder, deception, and blackmail.

    Regular price: $34.99

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