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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35,761 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Neville Jason Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of feminine independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Captain Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness which threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth Newbold | 2/11/2014

    " Beautiful language! Lovely story - lovely book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cesar | 2/5/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathi Olsen | 1/31/2014

    " One of my very favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/26/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stellypippin | 1/22/2014

    " Least depressing of the Thomas Hardy books, really - I enjoyed it :D "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 1/17/2014

    " I feel generous stretching to 2 stars for this book, I did not enjoy it at all. The whole book is just so inconsequential, aside from the last 20 or so pages the preceding 300 drone on in some romantic whimsy about 4 of the most pathetic central characters you're ever likely to encounter. The farmer is to all intents and purposes a dullard who goes through life never standing up for what he wants. Our heroine is a clueless stupid little girl, and we have the 2 dimensional evil womaniser and the drippy puppy eyed lover boy to join them. The latter, who on the strength of one Valentines card spends his life moping and obsessing over said girl before killing a man. Ridiculous. I refuse to believe that even 150 years ago people were this naieve to just go along with it all. To follow on from Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Hardy adds page after page of boring picture postcard description of English hills and farming sheep...I read enough of that and milking cows in Tess. Crikey, no more Hardy for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roane Swindon | 1/16/2014

    " Far From the Madding Crowd reminded me why I love Thomas Hardy's writing so much. His descriptions are so detailed and real, and his characters are not only interesting and realistic, but also likeable because of their little flaws. A highly-recommended novel. "

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

    " This is a really interesting interpretation of a femme fatale in a rural setting. I continue to marvel at Hardy's ability to write realistic, fully developed and unbiased female characters. He's one of the masters at it, right up there with Tolstoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lundyn | 10/12/2013

    " Beautiful writing and descriptions of the landscapes. The characters are amazing and you really get a feel for their emotions, wants and needs; especially Mr. Boldwood. Well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie Chapman | 10/3/2013

    " 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 Danette | 9/20/2013

    " The language is very 'olde English' but once you get past that the characters are well developed and the story is a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manu | 7/27/2013

    " It took forever, but I loved every word of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ricardo Lowe | 6/19/2013

    " I could not put this book down. There were so many vignettes into the main and auxiliary characters of the book and there are several sub-plots. They are all self-antagonists; victims of their own hubris. No one learns anything until it is too late. I love this stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxfield | 2/21/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek Bridge | 10/27/2012

    " A superior kind of melodrama set in mid-nineteenth century rural England - there's much to be learned about country life of the time and a plot that rolls nicely along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tac | 7/26/2012

    " Beautifully written romance, with a strong woman in a believable reLationship (even if some of the situations are less so) . I love it every time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Giauque | 5/16/2012

    " Read it in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 4/29/2012

    " saw a PBS version years ago...and finally read the book. love the book. love the characters! I think it's one of the last books I read while in St. Louis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Blevins | 4/26/2012

    " Absolutely loved it..My first Thomas Hardy, and after reading most of his others is still my fav.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drashya | 2/18/2012

    " awesome book!!! great plot.. . greater quality of writing!! enjoyed it thoroughly!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabe | 1/20/2012

    " This book is my namesake and a good one it is. "

  • 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

Neville Jason is an award–winning narrator, as well as a television and stage actor. He has earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He is a former member of the Old Vic Company, the English Stage Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Birmingham Repertory Company. While training at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he was awarded the diction prize by Sir John Gielgud.