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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,467 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the most popular of Hardy’s novels, this charming pastoral idyll is a lightly humorous depiction of life in an early Victorian rural community. Drawn from Hardy’s childhood memories, it represents, he said, “a true picture at first hand of the personages, ways, and customs which were common in the villages.”

The story delicately balances the concerns of the Mellstock parish choir with a romance between Dick Dewy, a member of the choir, and Fancy Day, the village schoolmistress. While the choir battles for its survival against the new vicar’s mechanical church organ, personal conflicts arise over the anachronistic customs of tradition.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa (OhThatLisa) | 2/12/2014

    " This is a surprisingly dainty Thomas Hardy novel. There are still raucous, drunken villagers and the demise of rural society is, of course, an ever-present theme, but I was struck by how flowery and feminine the entire book feels. It's a very light story with only small glimpses of the weightier subject matter that Hardy would eventually become notorious for. A pleasant read, and I admittedly loved it, but it's not his most substantive work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda Fletcher | 2/9/2014

    " Novels like Tess of the d'Urbervilles, with it's depressing and difficult plot, have always put me off Hardy. This is the only one of his works I've managed to finish, probably because it's unusually light for him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anne Marshall | 2/7/2014

    " The movie is a lot better and much more enjoyable. His writing is very dense "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shelby | 2/6/2014

    " I thought that this book was a lovely read, and really enjoyed it. Then they made it into some Masterpiece Theatre bit and it was not quite as good as the book. Oh well. "

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