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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Robert Powell Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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Bathsheba Everdene flees her abusive husband and spends the night by a stagnant and spooky swamp. When light begins to break over her hiding-place, she sees strong parallels between her surroundings and the nature of her own experiences of relationships. 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 Mona Lisa | 2/5/2014

    " I read this in college and I totally fell in love with Gabriel Oak :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Tarry | 2/2/2014

    " I normally don't like old fashioned styles of books but this one really was exciting to read. I thought it was a book about the character in the first few chapters Gabriel Oak but it turned out to follow a bunch of different people in their lives. It has a lot of different twists that I didn't expect and the story was really interesting as it unfolded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helynne | 1/28/2014

    " Back in graduate school, I took a course that was entirely on Thomas Hardy--his main novels and some of his short stories. It was interesting to learn that all of his novels ran first as serials--chapter by chapter in newspapers and other periodicals. However, the most interesting thing we learned in that course was that Hardy relies largely on ironies and little coincidencies--some fortuitous, but most of them ill-timed--to move along his stories and bring them to what is usually an unexpected conclusion. We see a lot of these Hardian ironies and happenstances coming together in the story of Far from the Madding Crowd and our heroine Bathsheba Everdene. (Isn't that a great name?) Bathsheba is a beautiful, young, single woman running her own farm. She is doing well on her own, but, obviously, she could use the help--and the love--of a devoted man. There are three men in her life, and, naturally, it is the little ironies and missteps along the way, as well as some innocent, but ill-timed, judgments on her part that will lead her into the unworthy arms of one, then nearly into marriage with another before she will end up with the right one. Bathsheba, for all of her naivete and bad choices, is an admirable character and it is gratifying to observe her personal growth along the way. The 1967 film version of the novel starring Julie Christie, Terrence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates is nicely done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/26/2014

    " Started out slow, but became a very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/14/2014

    " I just re-read this novel after many many years and found it much more to my liking than when I was younger. I am glad that I had forgotten much of it, although I did remember the ending....Far from the Madding Crowd has everything a reader could desire..Although some have criticized his stereotyping of women one really must consider the times in which he was writing...Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak will stay with me for some time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edith Hope Bishop | 1/11/2014

    " Just exactly what I needed when reading while pregnant and then sleep-deprived with a new baby. Fun, trashy, but classic and smart. A perfect romantic comic-tragedy. My only complaint is Hardy's insistent generalizations about women of this kind and that kind, although many have some insight. Altogether fabulous characters and gripping plot. I enjoyed the Colin Firth movie in my mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherilyn | 1/6/2014

    " So much better than Jude the Obscure which nearly put me off Hardy for life. A happier tale of love and betrayal with a stronger female lead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalacolla | 12/16/2013

    " Not that it was the best book ever, but it exactly right for what it was "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jes | 11/17/2013

    " Too pastoral for me! My life is too short! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cesar | 11/15/2013

    " Slow and steady rural romance novel, that plods along with cliffhangers and twists, not a fun read, really only recommended to fans of the author or genre. It hasn't put me off wanting to read his later more controversial novels, but I'm in no rush to read them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aubrey | 11/4/2013

    " I just didn't like the characters of this book. And for me, if I don't like the characters and there really is nothing substantial to the plot, it's just not going to happen. Not impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte Shea | 7/9/2013

    " Nice book. See the Masterpiece Theater movie too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennieowen | 6/8/2013

    " This was my second time through, and I enjoyed it again. Hardy is always hard for the first 100 pages for me. Then the plot sweeps me in. This one reminded me of Shakespeare. Seems to be written for the stage almost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 10/20/2012

    " Read as a sophomore at college. Great story. Should re-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Roy | 6/17/2012

    " This is a love story set in rural England. It has twists and turns, and given Hardy's perchance for tragedy, you don't really know how it will come out until the end. No, I won't tell you. This is a wonderful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilly | 5/11/2012

    " A tragic and confusing love story with twisted turns and surprising shocks. But this amazing novel ends with a happily ever after. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 1/19/2012

    " Another re-read. I'm so glad I read so many of these books when I was younger and had more patience and empathy with the characters' flaws. Now I find myself wanting to hit them over the head with something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Braxton | 11/28/2011

    " I adore this book, and I love anything Hardy writes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 7/27/2011

    " Great read! Takes a bit to get used to the long sentences at first. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Segametsi Moumakwa | 7/16/2011

    " Finished the book. Will come back and write proper review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 5/22/2011

    " I may not have been ready for this book and so I didn't enjoy it as much as I could have. I remember almost nothing except mky general feeling of finally reading Hardy but not savoring it as much as I should have. I'll be back for this one. "

  • 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 Corri | 5/4/2011

    " Disagree with the people that thought Hardy's treatment of Bathsheba's character was sexist. Women make bad romantic decisions at times, and this doesn't necessarily mean they are weak. I thought the book was well written and enjoyed it. "

  • 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. "

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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

Robert Powell has, in addition to playing Richard Hannay on screen in The Thirty-Nine Steps, appeared on television in Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage, Dalziel and Pascoe, and Holby City.