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Summary

The four seasons of the Wessex year form the backdrop for the delightful romance of Dick Dewy and Fancy Day. The ups and downs of their courtship are set alongside the story of the rustics who form the church choir.
Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Memories from youth have rude awaking

I studied this book for English O Level way back in the 1960s. At the time I thought it was the best book I'd ever read! I love the dialogue between members of the "quire" but this was one of Hardy's earlier works and he improved immensely and when he got to "Far From The Madding Crowd" I find the two stories very similar, but the latter work being better. However, Hardy has a superb way of commenting upon nature and people's mood and that is superb. Surprisingly I found Robert Hardy's narration disappointing - I've no idea what accent the inhabitants of this Dorset village might have used, but surely not the one used by Robert Hardy. Having said all of that I enjoyed it, but it is no longer the best book I've ever read.

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Excellent Narration!

I see the reviews are divided about both the story and the performance so a listener needs to bear in mind that this very much personal preference. For me Robert Hardy gives a wonderful engaging narration. And he gives his all tor not and any a story that certainly gives insight into people's lives but is lacking a depth that brings a reader personal connection. I was indifferent whether people lived or died, got married or not and any outcome I was not engaged. It was Robert Hardy's performance that carried me over the finish line.

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Vanilla

I enjoyed the narrator's performance immensely. There didn't seem to be a story though, it was just a rather boring recounting of mundane events in a small village involving bland people.
I'm amazed this is considered a classic.
Also, despite the green tree and summer scene on the cover, the story is set around Xmas time!

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Disappointingly Read!

Thomas Hardy's delightful story disappointingly presented by a top flight reader of whom I had expected much better. Dorset accent? Mmph. not even close Mr Robert Hardy! Actually quite hard to follow!

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Very hard to understand

Robert Hardy obviously enjoys doing the accent but I found this reading almost incomprehensible I’m sorry to say

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Hardy rescues Hardy

Under The Greenwood Tree lacks the stirring depths of Hardy’s better known novels, being more akin to a tale of country folk. However what life there is amongst its pages is animated and accelerated whenever possible by the vibrant and energetic voice of the narrator.

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Couldn't understand the accents

I'm a fan of Tomas Hardy and sure the story is good, but could not understand the accents from the narrator so didn't finish listening to the complete story, will look for another version.

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Absolutely HORRENDOUS narration

Stop this chap from narrating anymore books! Worst narration I’ve ever heard.
Couldn’t even get past the third chapter until I had to rage quit.
Such a shame because this would’ve been my 6th Hardy book too. Now I’ll have to find it elsewhere.

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Classic tale of country folk in a simpler time

I do love this book, I’d not read for years but when I noticed it available I had to re-read it it’s beautiful.

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Weird accent

Robert Hardy wasn't the best narrator as I didn't believe his accent at all.