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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Julie Christie Publisher: Audio Holdings, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Thomas Hardy's novel about a British farm girl and her effect on the men who fall in love with her is read by Julie Christie. This rebellious young woman finds her affections a cause for competition between a soldier, a wealthy landowner, and a modest sheep farmer. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 2/19/2014

    " The only Hardy with a happy ending. As his first major novel, it has a few unnecessary nods to convention, but it's Hardy through and through. A fun, thoughtful, well-constructed, and occasionally melodramatic novel. "

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

    " Pretty slow-moving, and thus hard to get myself to read. But it all worked out in the end, and the story all came together. It was alright. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrealenoir | 2/13/2014

    " A tiny bit lighter than other Hardy novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 1/27/2014

    " Some of the best characters in classical literature. I really loved hating Bathsheba, and loved loving Gabriel. It is a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 1/24/2014

    " Great read! Glad I gave Hardy another try after reading Tess of the Durbervilles. Wordy but worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Giauque | 1/21/2014

    " Read it in high school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbi | 1/18/2014

    " Far from the Madding Crowd was one of my favorite books on tape to listen to. Its the story of spoiled Bathsheba and the 3 men whose lives intersect with hers. The storyline was compelling and the characters believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sebastian Cosgrove | 1/18/2014

    " Got through it but found it boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 1/15/2014

    " Bathsheba's predicament is one that follows young (and not so young) women even today, scorning the staid suitor, and falling for the wrong kind of man. Through it all, I could identify with her confusion in knowing what to do next, and the conclusion is satisfying, rather than tragic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josie | 1/3/2014

    " It was just so longggg it dragged and I found myself not caring what happened to the characters and just wanting to get it over with :L "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lbeste1 | 12/4/2013

    " This is probably the only book by Hardy that does not leave me feeling clinically depressed. This book is one of my favorite works of English literature, written with all of Hardy's gifts for character development and social observation but less of his melancholia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxfield | 11/30/2013

    " Enjoyed. Hardy's physical descriptions of farm life have quite the poetic turn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 9/23/2013

    " Read in high school and really liked it. Not so depressing as some of the other Hardy books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat Morrison | 9/7/2013

    " Amazing writing. Love Hardy's style and darkness. Read this for the first time when I took English Literature GCSE and it began a life long love of Hardy's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Wallace | 4/19/2013

    " Am hoping I enjoy it more this time round. Found it a bit tedious when we had to read it for school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zuly | 3/29/2013

    " I loved this book and all of Hardy when I read them in my late teens and early 20s. I returned to some of them many years later and couldn't believe the depth of the horrors that his characters face. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Faye | 10/27/2012

    " I never got interested. Couldn't even get half way through. Too discriptive. I wanted Hardy to get to the point. "

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

    " There's a public domain audiobook version available here from LibriVox. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heatherly | 5/17/2012

    " It has been a while since I finished this one. I can't figure out why Hardy wanted to put his female characters through so much strife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianne | 11/25/2011

    " I love being reminded why classic literature is classic. So good. The end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 8/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed this novel. It is another love story, but I felt like I learned something about life, love, and virtue from having read this. It's one of those books that I read at the exact right time, in the right mood, that impacts me more than I anticipated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 5/21/2011

    " Hardy at his best. Loved the movie also from the library...very true to book. Ending is predictable but a true classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 5/1/2011

    " Great read! Glad I gave Hardy another try after reading Tess of the Durbervilles. Wordy but worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heatherly | 4/22/2011

    " It has been a while since I finished this one. I can't figure out why Hardy wanted to put his female characters through so much strife. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 4/18/2011

    " I think I love Thomas Hardy novels. Tess was good, but this one was even better! I'll definitely be looking for another one soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 4/13/2011

    " Gripping drama, pulse-racing dialogue and the biggest badass of them all...big up Gabriel Oak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fluffy | 3/28/2011

    " We did this for Lit in sec sch. I found it rather long and ponderous at times - very lengthy descriptions that paint a good picture but takes a long time to read. Definitely a better Lit text than pleasure read. "

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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

Julie Christie is a critically-acclaimed actress. Throughout her decades-long career, she has won the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. A pop icon of the 1960s, she has starred in dozens of feature films, as well as numerous television shows and plays.