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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Imogen Stubbs Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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In Tess Durbeyfield, Thomas Hardy created one of the most tragic heroines of English literature. Against the backdrop of a changing and haunting landscape, Tess battles for her freedom from penury and abuse. The story of her heroism and fortitude, as her destiny is relentlessly played out, is moving and unforgettable.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 5/17/2011

    " I went through a phase of reading anything I could get my hands on by Thomas Hardy (I was 17!). I still love this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed it! Though I ended up not liking Angel in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/16/2011

    " This is my all time favourite book. It stayed with me for days after I had finished reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 5/16/2011

    " A lot of times when I have violent hatred for a novel I end up reading it again and loving it. I anticipate that this will be one such novel, but boy howdy did T. Hardy piss me off as a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deepti | 5/12/2011

    " Supposedly Hardy's best book. Certainly the most touching and heart-wrenching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martianngray | 5/11/2011

    " This took me a while to get through. Tess I found to be a very frustrating character. I discussed it with a friend who studied this book for a class and she enjoyed it more than me. Maybe I needed to have a class that studied this book to really get more out of it..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adil | 5/8/2011

    " Good in passages but it goes on a bit. "

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

    " What can I say? It's Hardy's masterpiece! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/6/2011

    " I would kill Angel if I could. Hate hate hate hate HATE him! To death! Give me a knife someone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 5/4/2011

    " One of the worst books I've ever read - a moralistic tale full of cliched characters that each stand for a different moral virtue (or sin.) There is nothing of substance to latch on to in the plot in order to feel invested in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 4/30/2011

    " Read for the nth time last October... I never get tired of this book. It still comes across as sensational and action-packed - it must have seemed quite shocking when first published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jennifer | 4/28/2011

    " Make a mistake and you're screwed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 4/28/2011

    " This is the absolute best classic I have ever read. I am a senior in college as an english major and I plan on using this book as my thesis. "

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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

Imogen Stubbs made her name on stage with the Royal Shakespearean Company, notably as Desdemona in Othello, but she is probably best known to British audiences as Anna Lee, the private detective heroine on the 1990s TV series by the same name. She later played Sarah Spiller in the whimsical BBC kids series Big Kids. On film she had key roles in Sense and Sensibility and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. She and her former husband, director Sir Trevor Nunn, have two children together.