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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,710 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Steven Pace Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Penguin Classics presents Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. Do I desire unreasonably much in wanting what is called life - music, poetry, passion, war, and all the beating and pulsing that is going on in the great arteries of the world? Tempestuous Eustacia Vye passes her days dreaming of passionate love and the escape it may bring from the small community of Egdon Heath. Hearing that Clym Yeobright is to return from Paris, she sets her heart on marrying him, believing that through him she can leave rural life and find fulfilment elsewhere. But she is to be disappointed, for Clym has dreams of his own, and they have little in common with Eustacia's.

Their unhappy marriage causes havoc in the lives of those close to them, in particular Damon Wildeve, Eustacia's former lover, Clym's mother and his cousin Thomasin. The Return of the Native illustrates the tragic potential of romantic illusion and how its protagonists fail to recognize their opportunities to control their own destinies. Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Briynne | 2/14/2014

    " As the World of Wessex Turns. Hardy's books are better than soaps. Love...pentagons? abound and nothing ever ends all that happily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Craig Evans | 2/13/2014

    " This was an audiobook that I had to return to the library, then two years later took it back out and listened to the whole thing in a single month. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cara | 1/30/2014

    " What surprised me most it that Hardy could take such a small cast of unworldly (and unsympathetic) characters in such a unsophisticated setting and make such a compelling story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristin | 1/19/2014

    " I don't remember a lot of this book, so it only gets an OK. I remember Eustacia Vye being a rather mean person and the fact that Holden Caulfield liked her in the Catcher in the Rye. That's all I have to say. "

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