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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (436 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Neville Jason Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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Wessex Tales, a collection of short stories including The Three Strangers, The Withered Arm, and The Distracted Preacher, deals with a number of timeless themes seen so often in Hardy's work: marriage, class, revenge, and disappointed love. Many of the tales have a supernatural tinge, and all are set around Hardy's much loved homeland.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte carter | 1/11/2014

    " only rated on the withered arm story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariane | 12/26/2013

    " Most of the stories are imbued with Hardy's characteristic fatalism. My favorite one is the Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion. "

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

    " Some absolutely spanking Wessex vignettes are to be discovered in this selection. The journey to the house in 'The Three Strangers' is particularly memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/12/2013

    " I first read Thomas Hardy in my very first course at ASU. It was Critical Reading and Writing About Literature and the professor was a very eccentric woman, Kathryn Harris. I hated that class, but I'm glad she introduced me to Thomas Hardy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Sellers | 10/3/2013

    " Thomas Hardy is probably my favorite author from this time period. He did such a good job at accurately portraying human nature, and his writing style is beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these short stories, and I look forward to my next book from him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Dorra | 8/6/2013

    " Thomas Hardy didn't become The Thomas hardy for nothing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 e | 7/2/2013

    " Loved this. Each story is like a super-concentrated shot of bitterness and misery. Looking for all the depression a Hardy novel can muster but don't have the time for hundreds of pages? This is your book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 5/30/2013

    " A collection of short stories. Some of these were excellent, in particular, "The Withered Hand." Others were just OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 5/7/2013

    " What a strange book of short stories. Each has the classic Hardy ironic twist, but compacted into fifty pages, and without the long-winded descriptions of the countryside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gilly McGillicuddy | 11/20/2012

    " I loved these a lot. Yet more short stories to add to the list for this year. I never usually read short stories. Wth, 2008? Wth? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 10/17/2012

    " I love stories from the 1800's. Nothing about people has changed. At all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 9/23/2012

    " A series of short stories by Thomas Hardy dealing with the rural life of Wessex County, England during the first half of the 19th century. Very enjoyable, but for me they are not up to the caliber of his novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 9/3/2012

    " Good variety of short stories; well-written and surprisingly fresh. One short piece (1804) is the only weak entry in the collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra-Jane Goddard | 8/28/2012

    " This is a really enjoyable collection of short stories with morals or twists - or both - and some well drawn characters. An easy-to-read collection, it would provide a gentle introduction to Hardy's style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antony Bennett | 6/26/2012

    " As always, Thomas Hardy's writing creates a vivid sense of place and of the people who live there. He creates a world which is often harsh, sometimes amusing, but always compelling, and the stories in this collection make fine companions to his longer works. "

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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

Neville Jason is an award–winning narrator, as well as a television and stage actor. He has earned seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He is a former member of the Old Vic Company, the English Stage Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Birmingham Repertory Company. While training at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he was awarded the diction prize by Sir John Gielgud.