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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,473 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Samuel West Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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Set in the beautiful Blackmoor Vale, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-to-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of the dashing and dissolute doctor Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Mrs. Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked. Thomas Hardy's powerful novel depicts individuals in thrall to desire and the natural law that motivates them.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma Mckay | 2/19/2014

    " Hardy uses his honourable heroine Grace to criticise the class system as we see her impossibly torn between passion and propriety. Hardy again questions what love is and emphasises the tragedy of unrequited love as Grace believes herself to be too good for Giles after she has been educated. However it seems that no matter what the characters believe they should choose because of class; fate still catches up in the end to wreak havoc in their lives. A well balanced novel, deserves just as much credit and fame as 'Tess of the D'urbervilles' and 'The mayor of Casterbridge'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Horwood | 2/10/2014

    " I loved the images of nature. "

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

    " (Somehow I missed this one in my Hardy-reading kick decades ago. Have to add it in during a re-read of the oeuvre. In Christopher Booker's The Seven Basic Plots, this book is midway into the author's personal tragedy, and thus is dark, but not as dark as he's gonna get. This is placed, along with the preceding The Mayor of Casterbridge under the penultimate subheading "Disintegration: The second stage".) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 1/14/2014

    " I know I liked it, but can't remember a thing about it, unlike the other Hardy books I've read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 12/17/2013

    " I so wanted the ending to be a happy one, but Hardy disappointed me again. The story gave me a weird feeling in the beginning. He didn't quickly determine who the main characters were. Anyway, that's about it. "

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

    " Hardy at his best. Depressing, insightful, lovely, realistic. The characters in this work typify the kinds of love and fidelity in human relationships that fill the world with joy and pain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/9/2013

    " i love love love this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 8/29/2013

    " Like almost all Thomas Hardy books, it is kind of depressing, but very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 6/28/2013

    " This book was a little hard to get into, but I did enjoy it. It's true to Hardy form. It's not a depressing book as much as a realistic book. I liked the little twist at the end. This would be a good book for a book club discussion - if there were copies available. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 6/25/2013

    " as always with hardy: very sad, very tragic, very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Basma Alaa El - Abasiry | 4/27/2013

    " KSA 7lwa 2wyy bs z3lt gamed lam giles mat fi l 25r wa 25r m4hed l Marty wa hia btzoro lw7dha 2sr fia gamed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Howard | 1/21/2013

    " The Woodlanders rates up there with Return of the Native and is one of my favorite Hardy novels. It was rich with descriptions of settings and characters and (I thought) a bit less predictable than some of Hardy's plot twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 12/7/2012

    " Totally enjoyable. Period. Loved it. Why can no one else write like this these days? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/2/2012

    " Loved the descriptions in this book. I did start enjoying it a little less when it got depressing.. but I was happy with the ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 7/24/2012

    " Good- similar to the others :-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andy Mckinney | 7/15/2012

    " I read this book for my G.C.S.E. English Literature class. I remember it being painfully slow and maudlin. Giles and Marty are particularly pathetic characters. Awful romantic melancholy nonsense. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Samuel West’s theater work includes ENRON, Hamlet for the RSC, and starring opposite his father Timothy in A Number. His TV credits include Cambridge Spies, Any Human Heart, Eternal Law, and Mr. Selfridge, and he has narrated many TV documentaries. Among his films are Hyde Park on Hudson, Van Helsing, Iris, Persuasion, and Howards End. He has also directed ten plays and two operas.