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Download Tess of the d Urbervilles Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Tess of the d Urbervilles (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Thomas Hardy
3.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 5 3.36 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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Tess Durbeyfield, a peasant girl and cast-off descendant of English aristocracy, has become one of the most famous female protagonists in 19th-century British literature. Betrayed by the two men in her life - Alec D Urberville, her seducer/rapist and father of her fated child; and Angel, her intellectual and pious husband - Tess takes justice, and her own destiny, into her delicate hands. In telling her desperate and passionate story, Hardy brings Tess to life with an extraordinary vividness that makes her live in the heart of the reader long after the novel is concluded.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaunna3 | 7/23/2011

    " One of my Favorites Thomas Hardy books! It's a little dark...but I guess that's why I like it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hamed | 7/22/2011

    " fate will take you where ever it wants and as soon as your experience grows your innocence decrease "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anushka | 7/18/2011

    " A very depressing novel illustrating the difference between city/ country, gendered justice, double standards...first half of the book was lovely, second half became very hard to read as you just felt so so sorry for Tess. Half-hate Angel Clare. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 7/13/2011

    " Terrible. Just terrible. Don't even waste your time reading this book.
    The whole book talks about how Tess is miserable and lonely and doomed.
    That's it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 7/13/2011

    " Tess is a cool chick. Props to T. Hardy for creating a neat heroine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 7/12/2011

    " Well written but a thoroughly miserable subject matter! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 7/7/2011

    " I love this book but it breaks my heart every time I read it,you find yourself wanting to protect poor Tess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Athena | 7/6/2011

    " Hardy is beautifully poetic, what more can I say? Read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 7/5/2011

    " Didn't love it. It held my interest, but I didn't like the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frynsg | 7/4/2011

    " Why? WHY require a high schooler to read this? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charissa | 7/3/2011

    " Tragic! That's all I can say. I lost a whole night's sleep over this one and had to hurry and finish it so that I could sleep tonight. I'm heartbroken. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marin | 7/3/2011

    " Read this a long time ago and disliked it so much I actually remembered and want to publicly disavow and affection for this supposed 'classic.' The female characters made me want to scrape my eyeballs from my head in frustration. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 7/2/2011

    " i did not really like this book
    maybe it was the subject matter or the style of language
    or prob. coz i already watched the movie before i read this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 6/30/2011

    " My English teacher said, "His last name is Hardy for a reason!" Great book! Lovely passages! "

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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

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and she also won the prestigious Audie Award in 2006.