Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • by Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by Anton Lesser
  • 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
One of the greatest novels in the English language, The Mayor of Casterbridge sees Thomas Hardy at his best, bringing landscape and richly imagined characters to life, and setting the hope of love against the forces of Providence.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The Mayor of Casterbridge

This was a very pleasant surprise. I have never read Hardy and was expecting a stodgy Victorian sermon. What I got was a powerful, at times overwhelming book. The character of Henchard must be one of the strongest in literature and his fall, rise and fall again is related in a fast moving and sometimes very modern way. The narration of Anton Lesser is as always superb and add's greatly to the enjoyment of this great book. Highly recommended and I will be keen to try more Thomas Hardy.
Read full review

- Felix

A wonderful reading of a Hardy masterpiece.

This is a beautifully and sensitive narration of Hardy's classic tale of one man's sorrowful spiral intonself-destruction.
Read full review

- Patrick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2010
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks