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In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Judyth on 01-07-15

Country tales and voices.

It more than exceeded my expectations. Jamie Parker does the Wessex rustic voices brilliantly. I would happily listen to him reading any books.
I love Hardy's tales.

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5 out of 5 stars
By C. H. Gailey on 06-11-15

A Beautiful Classic, Beautifully Read!

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

The problem with having a movie adaptation of a great novel is that many people will never read the novel. In the case of this classic, that is a shame. The story, the characters, the natural setting and the action are all presented in beautiful prose that is rarely heard in contemporary writing. This unabridged release, narrated by the tremendously-talented Jamie Parker, is exquisitely "acted", with each character having their own "voice", and every sentence is phrased in a way that captures the ear and feeds the imagination of the listener. I could not be more pleased with an audiobook, and would have given Parker 6 stars if this were an option!

What did you like best about this story?

The prose is beautiful and descriptive and I felt transported to the place and time of the story through the excellent voice acting of Jamie Parker.

Which scene was your favorite?

Sorry, I couldn't possibly choose just one. The crafting of the story is even-handed and exquisite throughout.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I wouldn't. See my initial comment.

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23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By smileyguillum on 10-03-16

Great reading/performance by Jamie Parker.

If Thomas Hardy is not exactly one of your favourites among the Nineteenth Century's Literary Greats, the narration of this novel by Jamie Parker will change your mind. Promise.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 04-10-17

Far from the madding crowd

This book was brilliantly read and i found myself totally immersed in the story. Loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

magnificently read classic

The narration in this version is superb.. very clever range of voices that makes the poetry of Thomas Hardy's work even better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stargirl456 on 10-04-16

The most romantic, gorgeous story

A story set in England, so long ago . It's the ultimate romantic story beautifully written and narrated so well. I will miss listening to it

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