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Though there are some audio quirks, they didn't significantly interfere with the listen (at least when formatted for ipod). I suppose the quick transmission to downloadable audio may keep the novel's price cheap?
I fell in love with this novel (and Gabriel Oak) when I was 14 and have re-read the paper version several times over the last 35+ years. I hesitated to download it, thinking such a beloved book would suffer in audio, but I really enjoyed the listen. I loved the narrator. She brought to life Hardy's poetic sections, especially those involving the English countryside and farming practices. As others have pointed out, the novel contains a somewhat misogynist portrait, but of a strong-ish heroine (for a Victorian character). In middle age, I felt the misogyny more deeply than back in the 70s, but I put up with it (and often much stronger) in Hardy's contemporaries and predecessors for the beauty if the prose and old fashioned romanticism and realism. Well, admittedly the ending is "too happy;" as someone pointed out --it wasn't Hardy's original ending; I think he had to tone down his realism to get published, but as a teen and now as an old fart, I love the ending. There's enough angst in the world and contemporary lit to suffice for me!
The listen motivates me to download and reacquaint myself with other Hardy novels and perhaps download his bio.
26 of 26 people found this review helpful
First, I love Thomas Hardy. Next to Proust, he is my favorite author. But every time I started to listen to this title, the narrator seemed too dull. I just couldn't get into it. Finally, after yet another restart, I began to enjoy the readers style---which I now believe ideally suited to this tome.
Stay with it and once the hook is set, you'll enjoy being hauled in.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
Definitely a classic but sounds like it was recorded underwater in the 1930's. Be prepared to persevere with the audio - it doesn't really add to the book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I adore this classic, a strong female lead characters are always a winner with me however.. Bathsheba is such a frustrating character!!! I felt myself constantly exasperated with her frivolous attitude towards the men she was leading on and her lack of ability to take any sort of responsibility. Overall a lovely story but if you don't get frustrated by her.. well you are a saint./
2 of 2 people found this review helpful