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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Pamela Garelick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From its astonishing opening scene, in which the drunken Michael Henchard sells his wife and daughter at a country fair, to the breathtaking series of discoveries at its conclusion, The Mayor of Casterbridge claims a unique place among Thomas Hardy’s finest and most powerful novels.

Rooted in an actual case of wife selling in early nineteenth-century England, the story builds into an awesome Sophoclean drama of guilt and revenge, in which the strong, willful Henchard rises to a position of wealth and power, only to achieve a most bitter downfall. Proud, obsessed, ultimately committed to his own destruction, Henchard is, as Albert Guerard has said, “Hardy’s Lord Jim...his only tragic hero and one of the greatest tragic heroes in all fiction.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Garelick’s varied accents and superb pacing help capture the bleak landscape.” 


  • “Garelick’s reading embodies the qualities of the best British narrators.” 


  • “Listeners can’t help liking Henchard, despite his flaws. What adds to these feelings is the able reading by Pamela Garelick, who has a host of memorable characters firmly in her grasp. She enjoys her story, and so will her audience.”


  • SoundCommentary.com’s The Best of the Best Editors' Choice Audiobook in 2002

Listener Opinions

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

    " ...remains, for me, the saddest story of relationship entanglement I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathryn Stewart | 2/19/2014

    " Important lesson: If you auction off your wife and baby, this decision may haunt you for the rest of your life. I wish I could have chosen 3.5 stars for this book--I liked it, but I enjoyed Tess of the d'Urbervilles more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shirlyn | 2/15/2014

    " Thomas Hardy is one of my all time favorite authors now, after reading many of his books this last year, I truely appreciate a good classic such as this. So many twists, unfairness, sadness and old English drudgery, of just getting through each day and living life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denna | 2/13/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. Expected it to be a quick read, because the book was so small. Wrong! It is an antique book with paper thin pages. Another of the books I read whilst living in England. "

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