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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,412 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Martin Shaw Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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An interesting novel due to its depiction of a violent love/hate relationship between two men, this story highlights the strains of competition in pre-industrial rural society. Michael Henchard attains the position of town mayor, but the lies that lead him there leave the door open to a dramatic newcomer to expose his fundamental flaws. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Georgia | 2/20/2014

    " In the immortal words of Ben Conrick UGHHHHHH!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy_N | 2/19/2014

    " Good read. Incredibly easy read too. I had been apprehensive about Hardy but raced through this book and will be searching out more Hardy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 2/15/2014

    " Read in high school, then re-read in 2002. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 2/4/2014

    " A great read. It made me think about consequences and possibly about the 'wheel of Samsara'. Hardy never dissappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lincoln | 1/23/2014

    " I enjoyed the journey of reading this book, as I always have with Thomas Hardy's books. But this one's plot trajectory left me unsatisfied when I was done with it. So even though I like this book a lot, I enjoyed it overall less than the other four Hardy books I've read. (My favorites were "Far from the Madding Crowd" and "Return of the Native"). Even though there's quite a bit of dialect, it was still easy to follow. I love the way Hardy "paints the landscapes," creates the environments, in his books. It all seems so authentic -- although I wouldn't know if it were not, never having lived in 19th century rural England. But his books are a great way to pluck yourself out of this place and time and immerse yourself in another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sweetpea19811 cummings | 1/16/2014

    " this book starts our kinda slow but has you hooked before you know it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 1/15/2014

    " this is my favourite Hardy book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph | 1/13/2014

    " Possibly my favourite of all the Hardy books that I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sankar Raj | 12/29/2013

    " A great novel by Thomas Hardy.It tells the story of an ordinary person who became the mayor of a place called Casterbridge and then fell from grace. Though Hardy does not say much how he became the mayor he describes his fall from grace in minute details. And it is really shocking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/17/2013

    " This was assigned reading in my Victorian novels class. It was my least favorite of the ones we read, but I still enjoyed it and chose to write a short paper on it. I would recommend several other Victorian novels before this one, but I'm also curious to read other Thomas Hardy books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Harris | 11/21/2013

    " Difficult to swallow at times but a novel worth reading. Hardy's attempt to pull back from the brink of despair at the end of novel falls a little flat for the reader who has followed such a progressive downward slide. But he is a good writer... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 11/10/2013

    " What a tragic figure! Henchard is his own worst enemy, and even when he tries to be a good person, it seems that fate just won't let him. I enjoyed this book, there were many plot twists that made for an interesting read. And the other characters helped to balance out such a pitiable main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 9/14/2013

    " I liked it somewhat more than The Return of the Native. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 logdog | 7/21/2013

    " I really liked this book. I'm not sure why. It's one of the few books I read in high school that I actually enjoyed reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 3/1/2013

    " Excellent, gorgeous writing, but I was disappointed with the ending. The conclusion was unsatisfying and left me annoyed that I had waded through the complex plot-line for that ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 1/30/2013

    " Loved it! What a rollicking start when he sells off his wife on the second page! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Warren | 11/21/2012

    " Rather dark. Tends to lag, but overall an engaging story of a man with great talents and even greater flaws and the havoc he wreaks on those around him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saffron | 11/17/2012

    " Good charcters/themes. Good traditional/modern bridge. Sometimes dry, but richly detailed. Enjoyable, but not essential "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/30/2012

    " These characters must always pay the price of rather impulsive mistakes which eventually can tear down their reputations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April Welch | 10/13/2011

    " A friend and I were reading this book together YEARS AGO! I just picked up in an attempt to finish what I started! I actually enjoyed it immensely! The story was good - even though the main character is not the most likable. If you really enjoy english literature you will like this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 9/28/2011

    " This is perhaps one of the greatest Victorian novels I have ever read. Hardy is the master of literature. His characters are unforgettable, his storytelling is priceless. More than likely, I will re-read this novel in the near future. A masterful work by a masterful author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Berko | 7/18/2011

    " I love this book! It was one of the first classics I ever read, and I recommend it to everyone. And they have all enjoyed it as well. There is just something so wrong about gambling away your wife and child that it makes it so appealing to watch the situation unfold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sanchit Sabhlok | 7/10/2011

    " If you want to read a heartbreaking victorian classic, look no further. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G | 7/8/2011

    " Thomas Hardy novels are always poignant and there is nothing lighthearted about them. But it is a whole new experience of life and not for light reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 6/29/2011

    " Beautifully written. If only my vocabulary was up to it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Landrun01 | 5/23/2011

    " A reading that stays in my mind many years later - I think probably influenced my writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 5/18/2011

    " This is perhaps one of the greatest Victorian novels I have ever read. Hardy is the master of literature. His characters are unforgettable, his storytelling is priceless. More than likely, I will re-read this novel in the near future. A masterful work by a masterful author. "

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

    " I think this is Hardy's best novel. Certainly my favourite. Not as pity-inducing as Tess, but equally riveting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 5/3/2011

    " I really liked this, its a wonderful classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/9/2011

    " After listened to the BBC dramatization, I decided to read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clive | 3/31/2011

    " I read it at School "

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

    " Rather dark. Tends to lag, but overall an engaging story of a man with great talents and even greater flaws and the havoc he wreaks on those around him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 3/1/2011

    " A bit boring for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/26/2011

    " Amazing book. I will definitely be reading this one twice! "

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