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Extended Audio Sample Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy
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:
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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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Jason | 2/2/2014

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

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