Far from the Madding Crowd

  • by Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gabriel Oak is only one of three suitors for the hand of the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene. He must compete with the dashing young soldier Sergeant Troy and the respectable, middle-aged Farmer Boldwood. And while their fates depend upon the choice Bathsheba makes, she discovers the terrible consequences of an inconstant heart. Far from the Madding Crowd was the first of Hardy's novels to give the name Wessex to the landscape of southwest England and the first to gain him widespread popularity as a novelist. Set against the backdrop of the unchanging natural cycle of the year, the story both upholds and questions rural values with a startlingly modern sensibility.


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a question of taste (isn't it always?)

Thomas Hardy stands apart among 19th century classic novel writers. The setting, the overall atmosphere and the writing style feel more modern than what you'd expect. That said, this might be a little dour for some, but it's a good story.

With this recording, I find the narrator fails to sufficiently differentiate the voices of the characters and I find him generally too monotone in his reading, though some of his rural England accents are good.
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- G

Favourite classic, well read.

Second novel I've listened to narrated by John Lee, and find him very easy to listen to.
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- MaMaMason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-07-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio