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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (24,296 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Samuel West Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Samuel West.

As you got older...you were seized with a sort of shuddering, he perceived. All around you there seemed to be something glaring, garish, rattling, and the noises and glares hit upon the little cell called your life, and shook it, and scorched it. If he could only prevent himself growing up! He did not want to be a man.

Jude Fawley, the stonemason excluded not by his wits but by poverty from the world of Christminster privilege, finds fulfilment in his relationship with Sue Bridehead. Both have left earlier marriages. Ironically, when tragedy tests their union it is Sue, the modern emancipated woman, who proves unequal to the challenge. Hardy's fearless exploration of sexual and social relationships and his prophetic critique of marriage scandalised the late Victorian establishment and marked the end of his career as a novelist.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 2/20/2014

    " Utterly dreary and depressing. The prose is so dense it takes a while to get into it as a modern reader, but if you persevere, it does get easier. It is worth reading but my goodness, it's bleak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clwaddoups | 2/15/2014

    " None of Thomas Hardy's books have a happy ending, but their good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/11/2014

    " One of the most depressing books I have ever read. EVER. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 2/2/2014

    " I really loved this book... so heartbreaking and bleak... a lot like real life. Read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 1/21/2014

    " It's not that this is a bad book--it isn't. But I didn't 'like' it. How's that for an in-depth review? Some people like Hardy, others aren't depressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LIndsay | 1/12/2014

    " This is my all time favouite book. There is a passage in the book which made me gasp out loud and so disturbed me that it stays in my otherwise empty head. So few books have had that effect on me. (I don't read crime or horror otherwise that might be common place) but I honestly can't think of a better story, better prose or better character portrayal than in Jude. Beautiful written and heart breaking - just what one wants from a good book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ella Drake | 1/3/2014

    " Pretty much loathe this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 1/3/2014

    " This was a great book written way before it's time. I really enjoyed it, though Sue annoyed me a little. I would recommend it to anyone interested in reading the classics. "

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

    " Dense, but an incredible story about a good man that just can't win at life. Considering the period in which it was written, it is honest about relationships that don't fit the mold and can be painful at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 12/6/2013

    " This and Lolita are my two all-time favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Tuggle | 12/4/2013

    " Another favorite from the classics! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dcboux | 12/3/2013

    " The person who gave me this book inscribed it with the phrase "I hope you don't end up like Jude." OUCH! "

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

    " Bleak. But as contemporary as tomorrow's news. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 8/9/2013

    " Highly depressing, but thought provoking none the less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Lippart | 6/10/2013

    " One of my favorite books ever. So bleak it's almost painful to read. The story of a man who does the best he could, until he couldn't (to steal and damage a line from Discworld). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitriona | 6/4/2013

    " Never trust a woman with dimples. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 4/4/2013

    " While a great vocabulary stretch... it was not uplifting at all and the plot was pretty futile.... if you like sad disturbing books this is for you.... I threw my copy away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pasquale | 2/12/2013

    " Incredibly forward thinking for its time; one of the most shocking events in the final section I've ever read. Imagine reading it in 1895! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 1/9/2013

    " I am absolutely not exaggerating when I say this is the most depressing book I've ever read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 11/8/2012

    " Thomas Hardy isn't exactly known for a happy-go-lucky writing style, but this book was just ineffably depressing. And it wasn't a cathartic type of depressing either. "

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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

Samuel West’s theater work includes ENRON, Hamlet for the RSC, and starring opposite his father Timothy in A Number. His TV credits include Cambridge Spies, Any Human Heart, Eternal Law, and Mr. Selfridge, and he has narrated many TV documentaries. Among his films are Hyde Park on Hudson, Van Helsing, Iris, Persuasion, and Howards End. He has also directed ten plays and two operas.