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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: May 2012 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Epstein | 1/20/2014

    " It's difficult for me to think about this book without picturing Julie Christie. Not that that's a bad thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle Fallan | 12/20/2013

    " The scene where Sgt. Troy demonstrates his prowess with the broadsword to Bathsheba Everdeen ("Don't move! I won't hurt you!") is one of the funniest, most erotic I've come across in 19th Century literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 12/11/2013

    " I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, as I've tried reading another Hardy book to no avail. I especially appreciated the dry sense of humor throughout. Tremendous book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie Chapman | 12/3/2013

    " Gripping drama, pulse-racing dialogue and the biggest badass of them all...big up Gabriel Oak. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 11/29/2013

    " Loved this book. Beautifully written. Looking forward to reading more Hardy now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marielle | 11/26/2013

    " One of my favourite books. Thomas Hardy's characters are amazingly written. I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 10/26/2013

    " Hardy is just a great writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich Banks | 10/14/2013

    " A book of two halves. If you can stick with the first half the second flies by in un-put-downable tension, passion and literary brilliance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat Morrison | 10/12/2013

    " Amazing writing. Love Hardy's style and darkness. Read this for the first time when I took English Literature GCSE and it began a life long love of Hardy's work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jes | 9/19/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronda Laventure | 8/29/2013

    " One of my very favorit books-Thomas Hardy can write funny too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 8/9/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yuna | 7/14/2013

    " Despite what you might expect, given Tess of D'Ubervilles, not entirely a depressing ending. The female character's kind of whiny and selfish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 7/12/2013

    " 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 Lisa Hale | 6/7/2013

    " Thomas Hardy is such an amazing writer. He is the quintessential story teller--my favorite author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennelle | 5/17/2013

    " 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 Joy-isb Faucher | 4/25/2013

    " A very good read analyzing the importance of connections between man and nature, along with its responsibilities towards it and the role played by chance. An interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Cohen | 12/30/2012

    " Not as good as Tess, but still an excellent book which gives a strong sense for the society of the time. Characters are strong and fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/27/2012

    " An interesting read. Took a little while for me to get into it and to even begin to like any of the characters. But eventually the story got more complicated, thus intriguing. I was fond of the ending as well. Glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikas | 8/4/2012

    " This is one of the wonderful masterpiece of Hardy, depicting the English countryside life, this book even today brings the fragrance of nature and ecstasy of romance. You can read it many a times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corrijean | 7/2/2012

    " 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. "

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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.