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By Molly R. on 08-14-17
Depressing story &amp; unbelievable central character
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
No. While I realize Thomas Hardy is supposed to be one of the great writers, this wasn't my cup of tea. The story centers around an innocent girl who's not very decisive or clever. It's hard to imagine her last lover, an intellectual, really sees anything in common with her. Hardy is a master of the English language, but at times his using 20 words when 5 will do to get the point across, can tax one's patience.
What could Thomas Hardy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Create a more believable central character.
What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?
Anna's performance was great. I picked the book in part based on her being the narrator.
Could you see A Pair of Blue Eyes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
It could be made into a movie I suppose. The leading lady could be Anne Hathaway, with Russell Crowe playing Harry, and Jude Law playing Smith. Elfride's father could be played by Michael Caine.
Any additional comments?
I persevered because of the narrator, but was annoyed with myself for investing that much time to reach a disappointing ending.
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