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  • Far From the Madding Crowd

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading/performance by Jamie Parker.

  • By smileyguillum on 03-10-16

So enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-19

Many years ago I read Thomas Hardy at school.
I’ve decided to read and listen to his books again. Wonderfully descriptive such an elegance of language.
The narrator Jamie Parker was first class he made the whole experience so enjoyable.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,537
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,626

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Addictive

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-18

Initially I did not engage with the character of Eleanor. There seemed no appeal For her. I persevered and suddenly I was hooked. I wanted to see how she developed. What was her story.? She had been groaning in discomfort, audibly exhaling at her interactions with other brief characters in her story. Quickly I was rooting for her to come good.
It is not at all the sort of book I generally read. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the style in which it was written. Eleonor is a complex marvelous character . The story covers huge topics sensitively.
Ultimately you can’t judge a book by its cover and this has to be said of the main characters in this book.