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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Samuel West Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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Set in the Dorset landscape familiar to Hardy novels, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-do-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of a dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Mrs Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G | 2/20/2014

    " I did not pay particular attention to this book as this was part of my english class curriculum in school - but cannot fail to mention the erudition of the scholarly writing of this much renowned author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mlg | 2/2/2014

    " Another gem from Thomas Hardy. Mr. Melbury, timber merchant at Little Hintock decides to educate his only daughter high above her station. This complicates her betrothal to Giles, a simple but honest cider merchant. Add in an unscrupulous and rakish doctor who is trying to buy the skull of Melbury's servant, and a self absorbed lady of the manor, Mrs. Charmond and the novel has all the elements needed to keep the reader engaged until the end. Like most Hardy books, don't look for a happy ending, at least not when a disgruntled suitor has a man-trap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/26/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oritje | 1/25/2014

    " You'd never know a classic would have such drama and scandals (wrapped up in a polite old-English certainly) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reader, I Read It | 1/22/2014

    " Find a rainy afternoon, make a hot drink, get that box of chocolates out and curl up on the sofa with The Woodlanders. It will transport you to a community you will feel you belong to and a love story which will capture your heart. Hardy at his best and a work which hasn't had the attention it deserves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiloh | 1/12/2014

    " Another good book by Thomas Hardy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 12/6/2013

    " Good novel, but the ending fell apart--it was too contrived. Not as good as Hardy's five famous novels (Tess of the D'urbevilles, Jude the Obscure, etc.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 6/21/2013

    " Fascinating reading all the way through and compulsive at the end. Some nice shades of grey among the characters - there are no complete villians, not even the cheating husband and the temptress. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 4/21/2013

    " 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 Rebecca | 2/19/2013

    " I love thomas Hardy, and this one showcases his talent very nicely. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joseph | 12/11/2012

    " After about 20 pages I decided 2 things: That I'm not going to waste anymore time and that Thomas Hardy is certainly NOT my favourite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karilyn | 9/2/2012

    " I like what Hardy decides to share about his characters in this story. Great weaving of the characters too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/18/2012

    " My Mum gave me this book when I was an au pair in Corsica. I am not a great fan of Hardy's novels as I find them largely tragic and too taken with the harsher side of life. However, this one really struck a chord at the time. Loved it. Perhaps I was yearning for home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/11/2012

    " i love love love this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audra | 10/4/2011

    " I also put T Hardy in the same camp as DH Lawrence. Though much less well-known, Woodlanders is so typical of Hardy's plot and style. They never end like you want, but you love them nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 5/17/2011

    " I went through a phase of reading anything I could get my hands on by Thomas Hardy (I was 17!). I still love this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed it! Though I ended up not liking Angel in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/16/2011

    " This is my all time favourite book. It stayed with me for days after I had finished reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 5/16/2011

    " A lot of times when I have violent hatred for a novel I end up reading it again and loving it. I anticipate that this will be one such novel, but boy howdy did T. Hardy piss me off as a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deepti | 5/12/2011

    " Supposedly Hardy's best book. Certainly the most touching and heart-wrenching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martianngray | 5/11/2011

    " This took me a while to get through. Tess I found to be a very frustrating character. I discussed it with a friend who studied this book for a class and she enjoyed it more than me. Maybe I needed to have a class that studied this book to really get more out of it..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adil | 5/8/2011

    " Good in passages but it goes on a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasneem | 5/7/2011

    " What can I say? It's Hardy's masterpiece! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/6/2011

    " I would kill Angel if I could. Hate hate hate hate HATE him! To death! Give me a knife someone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 5/4/2011

    " One of the worst books I've ever read - a moralistic tale full of cliched characters that each stand for a different moral virtue (or sin.) There is nothing of substance to latch on to in the plot in order to feel invested in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 4/30/2011

    " Read for the nth time last October... I never get tired of this book. It still comes across as sensational and action-packed - it must have seemed quite shocking when first published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jennifer | 4/28/2011

    " Make a mistake and you're screwed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 4/28/2011

    " This is the absolute best classic I have ever read. I am a senior in college as an english major and I plan on using this book as my thesis. "

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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.