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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: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Penguin Classics presents Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, adapted for listening and now available as a digital audiobook as part of the Penguin English Library series. This abridged audio version is read by the actress Julie Christie.

Hardy's powerful novel of swift sexual passion and slow-burning loyalty centres on Bathsheba Everdene, a proud working woman whose life is complicated by three different men - respectable farmer Boldwood, seductive Sergeant Troy, and devoted Gabriel - making her the object of scandal and betrayal.

Vividly portraying the superstitions and traditions of a small rural community, Far from the Madding Crowd shows the precarious position of a woman in a man's world.

Part of a collection of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives, the Penguin British Library series offers affordable, collectable, quality productions that are perfect for on-the-go listening.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Yasmin | 2/17/2014

    " A story about a young, kind and rich girl who'd been proposed to get married by three men. But she made a wrong choice when the man she married to is not a nice man. The man was the lover of someone else and like to waste lot of the girl's money. I like the first man who proposed her. From my first reading, I knew that at last, the girl will finally choose that guy. They together run away from their town and start new life. News about them spread around their town so people knew about them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marisa | 1/31/2014

    " Far From the Madding Crowd, based in London in the late mid-to-late 1800's, is about a young girl, Bathsheba, and her three suitors, Troy, Oak, and Boldwood. In this book by Thomas Hardy, Bathsheba battles with herself on her actions, and on which man to marry while the three men battle for her love. I really liked this book, because it had a really good story line, but Thomas Hardy is very descriptive. Sometimes the descriptions were a little boring, but Far From the Madding Crowd is definitely a classic love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 1/28/2014

    " Like visiting a new country and traveling down unfamiliar roads, reading a novel about the mid-1800s can be a difficult but enticing journey. Hardy shows an English countryside and a romantic plot that has become classic: a pretty woman pursued by 3 gentlemen. Three scenes are worth the effort: the sheep shearing (ch. 21), the swordsmanship of the dashing Sgt. Troy (ch. 27), and the hilarious pub scene after the carriage driver for a coffin stops by for a few brews with his friends (ch. 41). In between are moments of stunning descriptions of saving a farm's crops from a powerful storm, a society in conflict between rural and "modern" ways of thinking, and how love and relationships evolve. I had read Hardy's "Jude the Obscure," and his powerful characters and descriptions rewarded me once again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helynne | 1/21/2014

    " 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. "

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