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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Peter Wickham Publisher: RNIB Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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A Pair of Blue Eyes was Thomas Hardy's third published novel.

Written in 1873 it was autobiographical and the heroine Elfride Swancourt is based on Hardy's first wife Emma Gifford. The novel tells the tail of a the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds.

Elfride finds herself caught in a battle between her heart, her mind and the expectations of those around her - her parents and society.

Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928) was an English novelist and poet of the naturalist movement.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 2/20/2014

    " The more I read Thomas Hardy, the more I am convinced of his genius. He truly is a master of the written word, evoking inforgettable images, characters and scenes that stir the heart and remain with the reader long after the book has been completed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 2/16/2014

    " This book was typical for Thomas Hardy. Girl gets scorned by lover, chooses another - dies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 2/11/2014

    " Melodramatic and sentimental and wonderfully distressing. I first read this while long-distance love-struck during a semester abroad. It is my sentimental favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/20/2014

    " The original cliffhanger (literally) -- a homage to his(Hardy's) first wife, this book is still fresh and a lovely read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rego | 1/18/2014

    " Certainly not one of Hardy's best, but an entertaining read nonetheless. In it, you can see common elements that appear more developed in his later work. If you liked Tess, Jude, and Return of the Native, you'll probably find this worthwhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/18/2014

    " Its such a sad story. Elfie is so young and love eludes her at every turn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 12/31/2013

    " Although I love Thomas Hardy, I tire of circumstantial events which might cause a character to be lost in love which happens to this female character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/15/2013

    " although i wasnt on the edge of my seat, and it took a little while to get going, i did enjoy reading this book once the story picked up. it has the usual train wreck plot line that i love about hardy. how many ways can romance go wrong? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi Chavez | 11/14/2013

    " It was a train wreck from the very start...but Hardy's books always are. Full of foolish choices and silly characters who ruin their lives. Yet I still keep reading them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Grodsky | 9/18/2013

    " Early Hardy, when he was still perfecting his craft and themes. Still a good story, if didactic and judgmental. Penguin Classics edition has an intro that is a spoiler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/30/2013

    " Quite over dramatic, and all of the characters frustratingly naive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 9/4/2012

    " The story and ending seemed like a short story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martina | 8/8/2012

    " Oh Thomas Hardy, you are one sick virtuoso. Very good on women, sometimes sexist, but sometimes ironically, always trying for complexity. And funny, oddly. I think Hardy has a lot of respect for Elfride, and I like that. You can feel how much he enjoys writing the gothic, and it's infectious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martina Keller | 7/10/2012

    " Great little book. Found myself not wanting to put it down. Early Hardy novel has all the ironies and tragedies that would make his later (and heavier) books so famous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefania | 7/5/2012

    " Liked the book but didn't like the main character..Elfride..:| "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikki | 6/11/2012

    " well up to the usual Hardy standards "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 12/3/2011

    " Oh so so many words and references that I hadn't any clue what they meant, but the story sucked me right in and I just couldn't put it down. Not for everyone, but if you enjoy Old English stories and Thomas Hardy's writings you won't be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicki | 10/4/2011

    " There was too much time spent on unnecessary detailed descriptions. Also the ending was not to my liking. But overall it was a pretty good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leaf Parade | 6/27/2011

    " This is easily one of the greatest Hardy novels, and it's a true shame that it's not more widely read. Here, Hardy has written a real ending, not taking the easy or simplest way out. The result is a book that is both beautifully devastating and completely honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/14/2011

    " Little known but my favorite Thomas Hardy book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepti | 5/13/2011

    " hardy's softest and best portrayal of human nature and the relationship between man and woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 2/17/2011

    " Oh so so many words and references that I hadn't any clue what they meant, but the story sucked me right in and I just couldn't put it down. Not for everyone, but if you enjoy Old English stories and Thomas Hardy's writings you won't be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 2/5/2011

    " I happen to love Hardy, melodrama and all, and this one is chock-full of his usual: tragedy, miscommunication, fateful choices.

    Intellectually, I know it's not one of his best, but I still couldn't put it down.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim and Popie | 12/1/2010

    " Not Hardy's best work--it's early--but you can see the talent there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/1/2010

    " Although I love Thomas Hardy, I tire of circumstantial events which might cause a character to be lost in love which happens to this female character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefania | 7/17/2010

    " Liked the book but didn't like the main character..Elfride..:| "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), English poet, dramatist, and novelist, was born on the Egdon Heath in Dorset. He studied in Dorchester and apprenticed to an architect before leaving for London, where he began to write. Unable to find a public for his poetry, which idealized the rural life, he turned to the novel and met with success as well as controversy. The strong public reaction against some of his darker themes turned him back to writing verse. Today several of his novels are considered masterpieces of tragedy.

About the Narrator

Peter Wickham is a voice-over artist, presentation skills coach, role player, and director at StandOut Presentation. He went to Rose Bruford College and has recorded over two hundred audiobooks.