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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (24,342 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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His last and most controversial novel, Jude the Obscure provoked such widespread and bitter attacks that Thomas Hardy claimed it caused him to stop writing novels. The primary causes of the uproar involved Hardy’s frank treatment of sexual themes and his unconventional portrayal of the pillars of Victorian society: the British university system, marriage, and religion. Today, many consider this to be Hardy’s finest work.

The story involves the tragic relationship between Jude Fawley, a village stonemason who is thwarted in his aspirations to attend university and become a scholar, and Sue Bridehead, a freethinking cousin who is shunned by society for her social and sexual rebellion. Ostracized by a disapproving society, the two gradually descend into tragedy.

Concerned with the annihilation of innocence, Jude the Obscure is powerful in its portrayal of suffering, rich in its evocation of nature, and tragic in its vision of life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling novel is made more so in this audio version by the outstanding work of Frederick Davidson. Always dependable, Davidson here excels in his use of measured dramatics; his consistent differentiation of a large cast of characters from varying social, educational and, therefore, dialectal groups; and his obvious personal involvement in the miseries of the two main characters.”


  • “[Hardy's] style touches sublimity”

    T. S. Eliot

  • “The greatest tragic writer among English Novelists”

    Virginia Woolf

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jen | 2/20/2014

    " Still working through all the things in this book, but it has been plenty long enough to realize that this needs a spot on the silver shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erica | 2/19/2014

    " Great book but very tragic towards the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Daffy | 2/18/2014

    " I loved this book as I did all of Thomas Hardy's books, it's very powerful. I was reading it on the London underground on my way into work one morning when I came to the heart-wrenching climax. I had arrived at my station and I just sat on a seat on the platform, continuing to read, until I could bear to tear myself away from it to go to work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amy | 2/17/2014

    " I usually really like Thomas Hardy, but the only reason I gave this book 1 star was because Sue frustrated me so much! She was so irritating, that I didn't understand at all why Jude would put up with so much for her sake. "

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