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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: July 2012 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daffy | 2/1/2014

    " Excellent. Thought provoking. A book I've finished 3 years ago, and to this day, think about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie Wainwright | 2/1/2014

    " amazing book, captivating and beautifully written, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Steele | 1/17/2014

    " Read this at school...re-read it often...love the portrait of country life and the wonderful rich characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 1/16/2014

    " A nice and straightforward read. A good place to start if you want to get into classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Sawatsky | 12/28/2013

    " Could there be a better lesson in karma? No, I don't think so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Scott-denness | 12/25/2013

    " My favourite book ever! Unusually explosive from the start which is unusual for Hardy and a thoroughly emotive read from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Hariton | 11/13/2013

    " Loved it when i read it in high school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davie Bennett | 8/7/2013

    " Not my favorite Hardy. I don't really remember much about this one; "Tess" or "Jude" are much better choices. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 5/12/2013

    " This is no Tess of the D'Urbervilles. I just think it was a little too long and lost some stamina two-thirds of the way through. But at least now I've read two of Hardy's books. Yay! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah VanWagenen | 5/5/2013

    " Absolutely tragic. Pride! What an unnecessary vice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reemelezaby | 4/26/2013

    " i love Thomas hardy style in writing and the mayor of casterbridge is a book about the rise and fall of someone .. but i actually prefer his "Far from the madding crowds " which is one of my favorite books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillybean | 4/11/2013

    " Can you tell I like Thomas Hardy? :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeni | 2/18/2013

    " I liked this novel at first. It was the only one in my British Novel course that I actually wanted to read. However, as it progressed, it got worse and more boring and for some reason, I actually got less attached to the characters. I'm glad I read it but let's just say I won't read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/3/2013

    " I thought this was a good read. It pulled me, wondering how the story would twist as I turned the page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 1/31/2013

    " Overall a good book. A lot of plot twists, and the ending was only half of what a I expected and somewhat depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 9/7/2012

    " You would think that he would figure out what not to do after his first major screw-up! Love the way that Hardy writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Valdes | 7/11/2012

    " Hardy's greatest and one of my favorites from one of my favorite writers. Lonely but never like Jude, I hope. "

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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.