Extended Audio Sample

Download The Mayor of Casterbridge Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Mayor of Casterbridge Audiobook, by Thomas Hardy
4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Nigel Anthony Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

Penguin Classics presents Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actor Nigel Anthony.

Here - I am waiting to know about this offer of mine. The woman is no good to me. Who'll have her?

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.

Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

Download and start listening now!

BK_PAUK_000283

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 2/18/2014

    " As with any Hardy book, the imagery and descriptions of nature are extraordinary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 1/27/2014

    " A magnificent novel. Very engaging. This is Thomas Hardy at his best - a story brilliantly crafted and told, filled with pathos. The story centers on Michael Henchard, an English common laborer (hay-trusser) who, alternatingly, is at one moment good and noble and at the next evil and reprehensible. While Hardy paints him more as a dark-hearted being, in the universal sense he is "everyman." We all have a tendency to alternate between episodes of good and bad. Early in the novel, Henchard commits a dastardly deed (in a fit of drunkenness, he sells his wife and baby daughter to a sailor at a county fair). He feels guilt and amends his ways (he tries to find them and can't; so he faithfully forsakes drink for 20 years), but he never seems able to root out his innate pride and thus is never able to redeem himself. His last will and testatment, written by his own hand, is heart-wrenching. Some of those about him are blessed, but many suffer at his hand. The heroine, Elizabeth Jane, is one of these brought to suffer. In the summing up, Hardy says of her, "the finer movements of her nature found scope in discovering to the narrow-lived ones around her the secret (as she had once learnt it) of making limited opportunities endurable. . . [which] thus handled, have much of the same inspriting effect upon life as wider interests cursorily embraced." Finally, Hardy says, speaking of her [and of the human experience generally], "And in being forced to class herself among the fortunate she did not cease to wonder at the persistence of the unforeseen, when the one to whom such unbroken tranquillity (sic) had been accorded in the adult state was she whose youth had seemed to teach that happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain." In other words, joy (when it occurs) springs out of adversity, struggle and pain. The novel is brilliantly written - this is English language at its best. I highly recommend this book to every reader. It is one of my favorites. Also, BBC did a wonderful film adaptation of the book, which I believe is as compelling as the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan | 1/23/2014

    " The plot took forever to get through but when you boil it down it was just like a modern day soap opera. The book was very intresting and i was suprized that I enjoyed it as much as I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Von | 1/15/2014

    " I feel like the fate of the character is best summed up by the "Most Interesting Man in the World" meme. Caption for this one would be: "I don't always screw up, but when I do, I ruin my life completely." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kama | 12/25/2013

    " This was adapted as a miniseries, but I can't help but think this would make for a great telenovela. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 11/2/2013

    " This book is the British Les Miserables, no joke, just less Romantic and a little more ridiculous. I suspect that's why I liked it so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Vincent | 7/15/2013

    " Old english can be slow at time but by far one of the best character arcs I have ever experienced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 6/10/2013

    " I was assigned to read this in college and always loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reemelezaby | 5/28/2013

    " 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 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sixpacknl | 5/27/2013

    " Quit reading this book about three quarters in. Did not captivate me. I can see why some people may find it interesting but it is not for me I am afraid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/30/2013

    " I read this in high school and loved it then, I was into the old English language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 3/9/2013

    " Made me cry! Neat ideas on whether or not people can change and improve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasturika Samanta | 1/29/2013

    " an extraordinary read...the book adds a new real sad dimension of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sankar Raj | 10/23/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/11/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 9/26/2012

    " Part of a classics challenge, along with the Scarlet Pimpernel. So far, my favorite Hardy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jani | 9/17/2012

    " I loved this. Incredible writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisbeth Solberg | 8/25/2012

    " Required reading for tower English with Mr. Coppick, but I don't remember it very well. Lucie said something to me about a "portrait of alcoholism" and even that didn't sound familiar. But I liked it enough to keep reading Hardy. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
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

Nigel Anthony is best known for his extensive broadcasts for BBC radio as a leading actor and for his Earphones Award–winning audio narrations. He has also appeared many times on television in series such as Casualty and Coronation Street, while on the stage he has appeared in Sick Dictators and Ghosts and has worked with Alan Ayckbourn and the Royal Shakespeare Company.