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Download Classic Drama: Tess Of The D'Urbervilles (Dramatised) Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Classic Drama: Tess Of The DUrbervilles (Dramatised), by Thomas Hardy
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Here is a new dramatisation of the Thomas Hardy classic, originally transmitted as the Radio 4 Classic Serial.

John Durbeyfield learns that he is descended from the Norman family of d'Urbervilles. He and his wife, Joan, encourage their daughter, Tess, to befriend the family of Stoke d'Urbervilles. In doing so, she is seduced by their son, Alec, and she bears him a child that dies.

In order to make a fresh start, Tess goes to work in Wessex on the Talbothays farm, where she meets Angel Clare, the younger son of a parson who asks her to marry him. After some uncertainty, she agrees. However, when Angel learns of her past on their wedding night, he rejects her.

When he leaves for Brazil, Tess begins to work at another farm, in the employ of the tyrannical Farmer Groby. She once again meets Alec d'Urberville - and so begins a chain of events that culminates in tragedy for all. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 5/17/2011

    " I went through a phase of reading anything I could get my hands on by Thomas Hardy (I was 17!). I still love this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed it! Though I ended up not liking Angel in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/16/2011

    " This is my all time favourite book. It stayed with me for days after I had finished reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 5/16/2011

    " A lot of times when I have violent hatred for a novel I end up reading it again and loving it. I anticipate that this will be one such novel, but boy howdy did T. Hardy piss me off as a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deepti | 5/12/2011

    " Supposedly Hardy's best book. Certainly the most touching and heart-wrenching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martianngray | 5/11/2011

    " This took me a while to get through. Tess I found to be a very frustrating character. I discussed it with a friend who studied this book for a class and she enjoyed it more than me. Maybe I needed to have a class that studied this book to really get more out of it..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adil | 5/8/2011

    " Good in passages but it goes on a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasneem | 5/7/2011

    " What can I say? It's Hardy's masterpiece! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/6/2011

    " I would kill Angel if I could. Hate hate hate hate HATE him! To death! Give me a knife someone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 5/4/2011

    " One of the worst books I've ever read - a moralistic tale full of cliched characters that each stand for a different moral virtue (or sin.) There is nothing of substance to latch on to in the plot in order to feel invested in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 4/30/2011

    " Read for the nth time last October... I never get tired of this book. It still comes across as sensational and action-packed - it must have seemed quite shocking when first published. "

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