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    • The Return of the Native

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242

    Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Marvellous.

    • By Pauline on 17-08-11

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Peter Firth
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 511
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 444
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436

    When John Durbeyfield discovers a family connection to the ancient Norman family, the D'Urbervilles, the fate of daughter Tess is transformed. Sent by her ambitious parents to visit her wealthy D'Urberville cousins, Tess attracts the attention of the unscrupulous Alec. Seduced and discarded by him and alone in the world, she finds work as a milkmaid and the love of Angel Clare. Yet his love cannot accept the truth about Tess's past.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Peter Firth's narration was excellent.

    • By D. J. C on 06-10-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Far from the Madding Crowd

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178

    Hardy's first major literary success, here brought to life by narrator Nathaniel Parker, is the story of the independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits her uncle's farm, the largest estate in the area. She surprises the villagers of Weatherbury by deciding to run it herself. Attracted to this bold young woman are three suitors all vying for her affections. They include the lonely gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the young and handsome but inconsiderate Sergeant Troy and the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Far From The Madding Crowd

    • By Steve on 17-04-11

    Regular price: £19.99

    • 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 156
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    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

    Regular price: £29.59

    • The Woodlanders

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Set in the Dorset landscape familiar to Hardy novels, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-do-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of a dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Mrs Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent read

    • By linda on 03-06-13

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    Michael Henchard, drunk at a country fair, sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas. The following day, in despair and remorse, he forswears alcohol and sets out to redeem himself. In time, he becomes a respected merchant and eventually the mayor of the town. But Fate is not to be so easily appeased, and Henchard finds his past actions resonate through and destroy his plans for the future.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • By Felix on 04-09-12

    Regular price: £40.49

    • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.

    Regular price: £0.89

    • The Richard Burton Poetry Collection

    • By: Samuel Coleridge, Thomas Hardy, John Donne
    • Narrated by: Richard Burton
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Richard Burton reads from Hardy and Donne, and performs a wonderful unabridged version of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (along with Robert Hardy and John Neville).

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Could have been perfect

    • By Blackbird on 31-01-13

    Regular price: £9.09

    • Far from the Madding Crowd

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little.

    Regular price: £30.49

    • Jude The Obscure

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    This is the story of a young country workman obsessed by his ambition to become an Oxford student, interwoven with his fraught relationships with two women.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Irritating in places

    • By Gio Clairval on 08-02-16

    Regular price: £20.99

    • Short Stories: The Vintage Collection

    • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saki, Thomas Hardy, and others
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Martin Jarvis, Hugh Laurie, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    The fifth volume in CSA Word's massively popular complete and unabridged ‘Short Stories’ collection is bound to please. With something for everyone this collection of classic stories read by only the best-suited and most established readers will delight the ears as a vintage wine excites the gullet; The Vintage Collection is audible gold. Features eye-catching typographical series design.

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Richard Burton Reads the Poetry of Thomas Hardy

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Richard Burton
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Richard Burton, the multi-award winning actor, reads the finest work of Thomas Hardy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An absolute gem

    • By Tom on 17-07-09

    Regular price: £6.99

    • The Well-Beloved

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Robert Powell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Set on the Isle of Slingers, this novel follows the exploits of Jocelyn Pierston, a sculptor who falls in love successively with three generations of island women, seeking female perfection, just as he strives to realise the ideal woman in stone.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fickle Love on Portland and in London

    • By Amazon Customer on 22-06-16

    Regular price: £14.69

    • A Literary Christmas

    • By: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Read by Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow, A Literary Christmas is a seasonal anthology that collects together poems, short stories, and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Like Charles Dickens’ ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, they are representative of times old and new - from John Donne’s Elizabethan hymn over the baby Jesus to Rudyard Kipling’s "Christmas in India", from Thomas Tusser counting the cost of a Tudor feast to Laurie Lee’s "Cider with Rosie".

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Tess of the D'urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Dixon
    • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles is the 19th century novel lately thought to be one of the inspirations of E .L.James' Fifty Shades of Grey. It depicts the life of an impressionable, naive, somewhat educated young woman who yearns to be free to live her own life, but finds herself constricted by the bonds of the sexual, religious and socially hypocritical customs that have surrounded her from birth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful book only spoilt seconds after the end

    • By Mark on 11-07-16

    Regular price: £28.99

    • The Return of the Native

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Rowe
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    In the remote wildness of Egdon Heath, the crossed love affairs and marriages of a small group of people are played out against the background of nature’s beauty and indifference to mankind. Through a series of vivid incidents and encounters, The Return of the Native moves in a relentless drive towards tragedy, as the plans and dreams of the lovers miscarry, defeated by chance, or destiny or self-deception. In their unhappy stories, Hardy gives us a powerful dramatization of his bleak philosophy, his belief in man’s helplessness before the malevolence of the universe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best of Hardy - magical!

    • By Miss Clare Weightman on 14-10-16

    Regular price: £46.09

    • A Pair of Blue Eyes

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
    • Length: 16 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Hardy's third novel, A Pair of Blue Eyes, follows the story of Elfride Swancourt. The daughter of the rector of Endelstow, a sparse, sea-swept parish in Cornwall, Elfride is caught between two suitors of very different backgrounds: Stephen Smith, a young architect restoring the old parish church; and the respectable, older man of London society, Henry Knight. The blue-eyed and high-spirited protagonist must untangle the conflicting messages of her heart and her mind.

    Regular price: £52.69

    • The Well Beloved

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Anneliese Rennie
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Can desire, that never-ending pursuit of something magical and special - be ever satisfied? This last novel by 19th century realist Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D'Ubervilles, Jude The Obscure, Far From The Madding Crowd) tells the story of the sculptor Jocelyn Pierston's search for the ideal woman, through three generations of a Portland family. One of Hardy's most neglected novels and a precursor to Shaw's Pygmalion, it is a semi-autobiographical tale of an artist pursuing his muse through the forms of many women. 

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Wrong narrator

    • By Barbara on 13-01-19

    Regular price: £14.39

    • Jude the Obscure

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Sexually innocent Jude Fawley is trapped into marriage by seductive Arabella Donn, but their union is an unhappy one and Arabella leaves him. Jude's welcome freedom allows him to pursue his obsession with his pretty cousin Sue Bridehead, a brilliant, charismatic free-thinker who would be his ideal soul-mate if not for her aversion to physical love. When Jude and Sue decide to lead their lives outside marriage they bring down on themselves all the force of a repressive society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Pleasant Surprise for Me.

    • By stephen on 26-10-13

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Far from the Madding Crowd (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Nick Sandys
    • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In rural Victorian England, the willful Bathsheba Everdene is courted by three men: her repressed neighbor, a devoted shepherd, and a thriftless soldier. They cross and clash again and again in tragedy, grief, betrayal, misguided affections, and the follies of romantic love. Though far from the fury of the city, the drama they engender is equal to the whole of the universe in madness and passion.

    Regular price: £6.49

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