A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • by Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by Anna Bentinck
  • 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely for someone who loves beautiful descriptive writing and development of characters


What was one of the most memorable moments of A Pair of Blue Eyes?

To learn that her father did exactly as he warned his daughter of doing


What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

She's wonderful with a steady, listenable pace and distinct characterizations


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As are all of Hardy's books, this was a tradegy. I did cry at the stupid decisions the supposedly educated lover made - even for his time.


Any additional comments?

Hardy's books are gorgeous and meaty and everything I love in a story.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2015
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks