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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35,849 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN:
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One of Thomas Hardy's greatest novels, Far from the Madding Crowd tells the story of the life and loves of the brave and beautiful Bathsheba Everdene.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennelle | 2/14/2014

    " I couldn't even make it all the way through this book before I finally gave up on reading it altogether. I kept trying to force myself to finish it, but no book is worth that much effort. Don't bother wasting your time with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/6/2014

    " I read this book when I was in the hospital after having Kirsti. I like character development books and had somehow missed reading this in high school so I picked it up and read it. It was just as I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/16/2014

    " "George's son had done his work so thoroughly that he was considered too good a workman to live, and was, in fact, taken and tragically shot at twelve o'clock that same day--another instance of the untoward fate which so often attends dogs and other philosophers who follow out a train of reasoning to it's logical conclusion, and attempt perfectly consistent conduct in a world made up so largely of compromise." A brilliant thought that reminds me of both Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Good book, unexpected ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 1/5/2014

    " This is one of my favorite Hardy novels. If I had to list them in order of affection Far from the Madding Crowd would place third. The imagery is powerful, and its beauty trumps its heavy handedness. Hardy is a tragedian and this novel is no exception, but there is a finesse to it here that is not found in "The Mayor of Casterbridge" or even "'Tess". He does not merely subject the characters to their fates; we watch them lead themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 1/2/2014

    " This novel tells the story of Gabriel Oak, a small farmer who is reduced through misfortune to working as a shepherd on the property of Bathsheba Everdene, a woman who had refused his offer of marriage. Two other men become important in Everdene's life, and Hardy writes with conviction about the dangers of passion and the tragedy of irrevocable choices. But his most powerful motivating force is surely his love for the rural life he saw disappearing around him as he wrote. Rereading this novel gave me a chance to remember how much pure story pleasure Hardy offers, and to muse on his contradictory attitudes in matters of gender. He creates a strong and memorable female character in Bathsheba Everdene, but at the same time includes more sexist generalizations in his pages than most of his contemporaries did, and lagged behind them, too, in his sparing use of free indirect style--narrating events through the eyes of his characters (but while using the third person). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim and Popie Stafford | 12/29/2013

    " Not Hardy's best, but pretty darn good. His grim view of life is somewhat disguised. (He got sadder as he got older.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melon | 12/17/2013

    " I really liked it alot. At first I hated the main female character, but as the book goes on you end up feeling sorry for her, even though its her own fault she ended up in such a twisted love triangle lol. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilde Sky | 11/29/2013

    " Very good - but takes some time to get into. The characters and plot get better as you go through the book so don't be put off by the first 20 to 40 pages. "

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

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/10/2013

    " This is the book that comes to mind when someone asks me if I've read any books I didn't enjoy. I read the whole thing looking for a redeeming characteristic, and I didn't find one. It was so dull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pippa222 | 7/15/2013

    " I think this is one of the best novels ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 6/2/2013

    " My favourite Hardy. Fell in love with the John Schlesinger film with Alan Bates and Julie Christie when I was a teenager and read the book with it's wonderful descriptive romantic view of rural life in 19th century England. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Anastasiou | 5/1/2013

    " This is my favorite book by Thomas Hardy. The film is also quite lovely. In my top three all time favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 3/15/2013

    " Talk about a love triangle! Loved the fact that I couldn't predict what would happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 1/1/2013

    " My least favorite Hardy novel thus far... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 12/2/2012

    " I think I liked it better the first time, but it was still good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kazi | 2/20/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 10/25/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Snyder | 7/21/2011

    " A very good story with a happy ending. In Thomas Hardy's books socail standings play a large part (upper class/low class). I notice one of his themes seems to be lower class becomming upper class "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erykah | 6/18/2011

    " Once the plot finally got going - halfway through - it was brilliant. However, as it was such a struggle getting through the endless pages about bloody sheep I can only give it three stars. "

  • 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.