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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (531 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: George Hagan Publisher: RNIB Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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Desperate Remedies is Thomas Hardy's first published work

Released in 1896, the story centers around young Cytherea Graye, who becomes a servant to Miss Auclyffe, a woman with a troubled past. There, she encounters Aeneas Manston, the incredibly handsome and charming steward of Miss Auclyffe. The anti-hero, Aeneas Manston, as physically alluring as he is evil, fascinates the innocent Cytherea though she is in love with another man. When he cannot seduce her, Manston resorts to deception, blackmail, bigamy, murder, and rape.

This compelling story raises the great questions underlying Hardy's major novels, including the injustice of the class system and the treatment of women.

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

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 2/16/2014

    " I've heard this was Hardy's first book, so I can forgive him some pointless meandering and trumped up writing style and say that I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tezeta | 12/27/2013

    " riotous victorian potboiler! hardy's first-and it shows, but in a good, sweet way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen Farrimond | 12/11/2013

    " Desperate Remedies provides a good insights into the young Thomas Hardy who worked as architect. The storyline is predictible and a little cliched however it is a good effort for a young architect in his early thirties who has many great novels to come! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/23/2013

    " The ebook copy I downloaded was classified as a mystery/detective. It was an interesting read but not quite fitting the modern expectations of a mystery. But the book has interesting characters and good mysterious elements. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cooper Renner | 11/22/2013

    " I suppose this is generally thought less of, in Hardy's oeuvre, since it's a "sensation novel," but it has much of the strength of his later work, and has a fun, if sometimes a bit unbelievable, plot. I quite enjoyed it. Manslaughter, possible bigamy, hidden identities: what's not to like? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 11/16/2013

    " A soap opera. It's like Real Housewives of Victorian England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 7/6/2013

    " I know I read this, and I think I liked it, but I remember nothing about it. Something of a potboiler, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/27/2013

    " Wonderfully Hardy. I pick this up by chance, but turned out to be a wonderful and engaging story. As with Hardy's other books, this is a romance novel with an intrigue filled with lovable characters and great scenery. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 5/27/2013

    " Not the place to start if you haven't read Hardy, but of more than just completists interest; this is a rattling good read in places, and there are glimpses of some of Hardy's classic tropes, not least the place of fate and coincidence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie | 4/1/2013

    " there's a reason no one reads this thomas hardy book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ida | 3/31/2013

    " I don't know how I missed Hardy so completely up to this point, it was an impulsive purchase of a $4 paperback and I could not put it down. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suz | 10/8/2012

    " i liked Edward springroves dad. a bit of a slog til the fire & then a great yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/5/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book, different to other Hardy novels I have read but just as good. This one had a lot more mystery in it which kept you guessing till the end. Would definitely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 4/14/2010

    " T Hardy never lets you down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 3/20/2010

    " Not bad at all. It did drag a bit toward the end with the slow reveals of the various bits of mystery. I much prefer simple tragedy from Hardy to this more Dickensian stuff. That's no slight to Dickens--I just like Hardy as Hardy, not Dickens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Didotwite | 2/22/2010

    " Frankly, I thought it was kind of awful; stiff, preachy and bitter. And I wanted to punch Cytherea (CYTHEREA!). It did make me want to reread Jude though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eve | 1/29/2010

    " A little bit gothic, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K' Lati | 1/10/2010

    " Aeneus Manston is made of love and awesome too bad it bottoms out for him. Both of the Cythereas bothered me it seemed like they were oposite to eachother but int he end they were so much alike. "

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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.