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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: John Nettles, David Calder, and Janet Dale Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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Hardy's powerful tale, set in mid-19th century Dorset, tells the tragic story of Michael Henchard, a man who cannot escape his past.

Drunk on rum at a country fair, Henchard sells his wife to a sailor for five guineas. Unable to find, them and overcome with guilt and remorse, he vows to be teetotal for 21 years.

Many years later his wife seeks him out in Casterbridge, where he has gained both wealth and the well-respected position of mayor. His family restored to him, Henchard's happiness should be complete. But beneath the surface still smoulders the same impetuousness and temper that, combined with fate, bring about his degradation and ruin. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 2/17/2014

    " I recently was reminded about this book...read it my senior year of high school. Its a good classic tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaclyn | 2/10/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collsells | 2/1/2014

    " What a wonderful story! After reading it,I wondered why I wasn't forced to read it in highschool. It was a great story and one that I couldn't put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cooper Renner | 1/31/2014

    " Tragic, yes, in many ways, but not necessarily a tragedy in the larger sense. Vivid and vividly 'real' characters, not always believable (but not quite unbelievable) incidents, fine writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 1/28/2014

    " I have very little idea when I actually read this. I have a vague recollection of enjoying it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadia Meyer | 1/6/2014

    " A most complicated book, for younger readers, but a rather great tragedy. Eceptionally well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April Welch | 12/29/2013

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 12/10/2013

    " Hardy was one of my favorites, but haven't read anything in years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajitabh Dutta | 12/5/2013

    " The character building in this book is beyond all imagination. It Is as if Thomas Hardy went about leading that life and one day decided to chronicle it. A mirror of human ways and a learning shelf for those who care for emotions.. Alcoholics may just find a distill of there life story in it.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Caskey | 12/3/2013

    " I am basically still depressed from reading this in high school over a decade ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Dove | 12/1/2013

    " This book unfolds with masterful descriptions into a catalogue of human error, deceit and shame. Fascinating story relayed by a great story teller using the best English. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/23/2013

    " Read this in high school. I was horrified by the book! Hardy is the master of "hap" or coincidence! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dora | 5/10/2013

    " In my opinion the best Hardy novel--it really is shocking "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sissi | 2/9/2013

    " Just could not force myself to get through this... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 6/22/2012

    " Another classic. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 5/1/2012

    " This is my favorite Thomas Hardy novel and I have read several. The character is so real and sympathetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aysha | 8/4/2011

    " Way too many coincidences and ironic plot twists for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dreamer | 10/18/2010

    " School Text book read for English A level which I failed.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lex | 5/21/2010

    " I had to read this book for College. It was more of a wrestling match to read this book. I'm sure it has some great importance somewhere in there, but I am too shallow to pick up on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny Blanch | 7/22/2009

    " This book is not as depressing as some of Hardy's other novels,but it's still a tragic tale. Tells of a man who sells his wife under the influence of a few meads and then it comes back to haunt him later in life. Well written and gives you that rollercoaster ride that Hardy does so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirlyn | 9/27/2008

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rannie | 10/18/2007

    " When I read Hardy in middle school, I summed up his work as "pride cometh before the fall." Rereading this classic through adult eyes, I was struck by how often ego and self-involvement interfere with the flow of love and affection in both fiction and life. "

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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.