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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: Martin Shaw Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a fit of drunken anger, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. Over the course of the following years, he manages to establish himself as a respected and prosperous pillar of the community of Casterbridge, but behind his success there always lurk the shameful secret of his past and a personality prone to self-destructive pride and temper.

Subtitled A Story of a Man of Character, Hardy's powerful and sympathetic study of the heroic but deeply flawed Henchard is also an intensely dramatic work, tragically played out against the vivid backdrop of a close-knit Dorsetshire town.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by orelia | 2/18/2014

    " My favorite Thomas Hardy novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by RachelAnne | 2/14/2014

    " HATE! HATE! If the author doesn't even care what happens to his characters, how are we supposed to? The plot is obscenely contrived and moralistic. The verbiage is absurdly disinterested; at one point, I believe a character fleeing for her life is actually described as "earnestly" climbing a haystack as she tries to escape a mad bull. EARNESTLY? In high school, we had to read this and write an essay arguing whether the book was a tragedy or a comedy. I wrote that the tragedy was that in the fact that the book had ever been written. I still stand by that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jaclyn | 2/3/2014

    " Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite authors. I just love his style and he tells a story so well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Padavi | 2/2/2014

    " I first read this in school over 40 years ago and it put me off Hardy. However, a few friends had read it recently and enjoyed it so I thought I'd give it another go. How did I miss so much? Was it poorly taught or was I too immature? Funnily the same thing has happened with a couple of other books over the years - Middlemarch in particular. "

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