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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 "

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