Far From the Madding Crowd

  • by Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by Jamie Parker
  • 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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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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- Judyth

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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- C. H. Gailey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2014
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks