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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,413 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Michael Henchard, drunk at a country fair, sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas. The following day, in despair and remorse, he forswears alcohol and sets out to redeem himself. In time, he becomes a respected merchant and eventually the mayor of the town. But Fate is not to be so easily appeased, and Henchard finds his past actions resonate through and destroy his plans for the future.

One of the greatest novels in the English language, The Mayor of Casterbridge sees Thomas Hardy at his best, bringing landscape and richly imagined characters to life, and setting the hope of love against the forces of Providence.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alaina Patterson | 2/20/2014

    " For the full review (which, in essence, is the Cliff's Notes version of the plot, because I don't have anything to add at this time), follow the link to That's What She Read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joan Winnek | 2/19/2014

    " This is not my favorite Thomas Hardy. The main character is problematic, reminds me of Lear. His step-daughter, Elizabeth Jane, is a modest creature who finds happiness with a shallow man who is not worthy of her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Samantha | 2/9/2014

    " I guess you have to leave it to me to at first rebel against reading an old classic and then find once I start that I become obsessed with it. The narration has a rhythm and a life of its own. You feel like a character in Casterbridge, alternatingly sympathizing with one character and judging another. Feeling like you grew up in the era of a rural English town booming with corn-trade. I was reminded of one of the main reasons why I studied English literature: this language is rich with connotation and meaning and story and emotional depth and human nature! It takes a master to narrate in this language with such depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Morgan F | 2/3/2014

    " This book was boring for the most part, although there were some odd moments of humor. In a way, I'm looking forward to going over this with my English class. Hopefully, I will get more out of the book that way. "

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