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3.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 5 3.42 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2015 ISBN: 9781504673525
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Thomas Hardy’s moving story of star-crossed lovers shows human beings at the mercy of forces beyond their control, setting a tragic drama of human passion against a backdrop of space and scientific discovery.

Unhappily married, Lady Constantine defies social standards when she falls in love with the youthful and socially inferior Swithin St. Cleeve. In an ancient monument converted into an astronomical observatory, they isolate themselves from society and create their own private universe—until the pressures of the outside world threaten to tear them apart.

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  • “Although Two on a Tower is a minor Thomas Hardy work, minor Thomas Hardy is much worth a listener’s time…A truly fine novel.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie Reeves | 2/12/2014

    " What a love story. I found it amusing ( and a bit frightening) that society has come so far in scandalous love affairs. Wow, a guy talked to girl and everyone is all aflutter! I have to admit, the book was a bit dramatic and the ending was just unbelievable, but I enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Burger | 2/12/2014

    " I really liked this book about the forbidden love between Swithin, the 20 year old astronomer and Viviette, the much older woman of 29. The story is short in length but takes many different twists and turns making it a fun (maybe not quite the right word) and easy read. Although the author's writing could be quite descriptive, and sometimes lost on me, I also found him to be contemporary at the same time with mini cliffhangers drawing you so easily from one chapter to the next. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Myrna | 2/10/2014

    " Interesting story but I wasn't crazy about the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 2/7/2014

    " It's Thomas Hardy and astronomy. How could it not be one of my favorites? It's a little silly in places, and the ending is INFURIATING, but I love it all the same. "

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

    " Thomas Hardy wrote a novel about astronomy. You might not have known that. And it's pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Bass | 1/23/2014

    " I listened to this on audiobook. The story is very good, and Michael Kitchen does an excellent job narrating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/31/2013

    " Simlar to A Pair of Blue Eyes. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 11/28/2013

    " Oh what a tangled web we weave, when at first we practice to deceive. The story line kept me interested, but so many of the twists and turns were hard to accept, and the ending was unsatisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/19/2013

    " it is sad to read about a passionate love that does not endure, and then it is too late. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Grodsky | 11/2/2013

    " Early Hardy, good for those, like me, who are determined to read all 14 of the novels. Read "Under the Greenwood Tree" instead if you are new to Thomas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April Reints | 10/14/2013

    " Not Thomas Hardy's best book, but an interesting tale for sure of the complexities of love and relationships and the cosmos. While taking place about a century ago, it's emotions still ring true today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K' Lati | 8/6/2013

    " Viviette ruins herself for the love of a man 9 years younger than herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/6/2013

    " My favorite author. No one writes landscape as a character like Hardy does. I think this one's my favorite of all his novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Serenity | 7/17/2012

    " 3/10. Basically, this book was plain unteresting. The romance felt unbelievable and filled with teenage-angst. The protagonists are immature and unlikeable. The writing unimaginative (not bad, but I dislike reading "classic" literature styles of writing). The ending...? WTF... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 10/3/2011

    " One of Hardy's earlier and lesser-known novels, but it's fascinating to see the ways his themes develop from work to work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gavin | 8/17/2011

    " A sometimes overlooked Hardy that was really quite exceptional in its own way. There's not as much drama as in some of his other works, but it is a worthwhile read nevertheless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 6/8/2011

    " Truly like watching a train wreck in slow motion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/14/2011

    " Simlar to A Pair of Blue Eyes. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/1/2010

    " it is sad to read about a passionate love that does not endure, and then it is too late. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Serenity | 10/25/2010

    " 3/10. Basically, this book was plain unteresting. The romance felt unbelievable and filled with teenage-angst. The protagonists are immature and unlikeable. The writing unimaginative (not bad, but I dislike reading "classic" literature styles of writing). The ending...? WTF... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/12/2010

    " My favorite author. No one writes landscape as a character like Hardy does. I think this one's my favorite of all his novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gavin | 11/24/2008

    " A sometimes overlooked Hardy that was really quite exceptional in its own way. There's not as much drama as in some of his other works, but it is a worthwhile read nevertheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 9/15/2008

    " One of Hardy's earlier and lesser-known novels, but it's fascinating to see the ways his themes develop from work to work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 4/16/2008

    " Not Thomas Hardy's best book, but an interesting tale for sure of the complexities of love and relationships and the cosmos. While taking place about a century ago, it's emotions still ring true today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K' Lati | 2/29/2008

    " Viviette ruins herself for the love of a man 9 years younger than herself. "

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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

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.