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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35,724 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Julie Christie Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN:
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Here is Thomas Hardy's timeless novel, read by Julie Christie.

Far from the Madding Crowd is perhaps the best-known of Hardy's works. The story centres around the beautiful and wilful Bathsheba Everdene, mistress of Weatherbury Upper Farm, and the three men who love her. Hardy combines outstanding description of West Country rural life with a deep sense of romantic passion. 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 Craig | 2/5/2014

    " What reminds one of consistently good quality writing but reading an author's works and uncovering an intriguing story with well-defined characters, again and again. Hardy evokes bucolic fantasies colored by troubled pasts and less likely futures. This ends somewhat well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/17/2014

    " slow going but a classic loe story if you like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Faye | 1/11/2014

    " 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 Jordan Faux | 1/3/2014

    " I rather enjoyed this book, all the names and such. I like how it shows how love and obsession are different things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 12/25/2013

    " I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. I kept waiting for Thomas Hardy to put my favorite character through hell, but he must have liked Gabriel Oak as much as I did, and held his hand from the killing blow. Very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frenchy Faith | 12/23/2013

    " Long winded in parts but strangely interesting storyline... at first I thought it would never end but somehow I found myself drawn in by Bathsheba's action and thoughts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Guerin | 11/24/2013

    " Very entertaining and a nice respite from Hardy's usual doom and gloom. Amusing to note how women are the cause of the world's problems. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 11/8/2013

    " Hardy falls into Victorian conventions in this book, and the plot feels a bit formulaic, but the writing style is beautifully descriptive and worth trudging through the melodrama of the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie Lindsey | 10/18/2013

    " Thomas Hardy is one of my all-time favorite authors. This is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy Sieber | 10/17/2013

    " I read this in high school, and really liked it, despite Hardy's flowery language. Something about the story really touched me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georganne | 7/20/2013

    " Read all of Thomas Hardy and loved every one as a younger person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/11/2013

    " It's well written but the storyline was too frustrating to be enjoyable to me and the ending was too abrupt. Just didn't terribly enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene | 5/6/2013

    " The sheep running over the cliff and the description of Bathsheba picking vegetables out of the frozen ground are very emotive. "

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

    " Loved it. I cannot put in to words what Thomas Hardy puts into words. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kazi | 9/14/2012

    " Twice I tried to read this. I just can't get past his descriptions of the roles of women. Can't quite stomach it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simona | 8/16/2012

    " Simple by comparison to Tess of the d'Urbervilles, but insightful and humorous and beautiful in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcy | 10/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed Hardy's wit and humor, though there was more than a touch of cynicism to the story. Not near as pessimistic as _The Mayor of Casterbridge_, though. "

  • 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

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.