The Return of the Native

  • by Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by Nicholas Rowe
  • 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
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The best of Hardy - magical!

Absolutely love this book, incredible characters and wonderful language. I cried more than once! Highly recommended.
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- Miss Clare Weightman

Hardy with a not-so-depressing ending

If you can wade yourself in through the first hour or two then I guarantee you will become engaged. If you are familiar with Victorian writing you will know what you are getting into. If you are unfamiliar with Victorian writing, this story is character driven with a bit of drama, tragedy and mercy pulling the story along.
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- S. Bowman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2014
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks