Far from the Madding Crowd

  • by Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by Tadhg Hynes
  • 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Far from the Madding Crowd is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel. It centers on the lives of five characters: Gabriel Oak, Bathsheba Everdene, Mr. Boldwood, Sgt. Troy, and Fanny Robin. The plot involves love, loyalty, death, and betrayal, and all this is delivered to us in Hardy's most eloquent prose. The images of character and nature are painted for our mind's eye with sublime style.


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Evocative rendition of a classic

This is a classic book with a fascinating plot, a heroine who is beset by not two but three suitors, all of them very different. The choices she makes lead determine their fates, along with their own vices and virtues, but it's all brilliantly crafted and makes for great reading. The portrayal of life in a country town in the west of England is equally as much a reason for reading this. I enjoyed this much more than any other Hardy novel.

And in particular, this particular version has the reader using a West Country accent that adds a terrific layer of local colour to the experience. When used for the voice of the narrator, I did find it awkward, since Hardy would hardly have spoken that way but would have used the polished tones of an educated man. But when speaking the various characters, and most particularly the assorted set of country bumpkins who make up a sort of chorus of local simple folk and play a fairly important role in the story, the reader is dazzlingly perfect. I confess that with the heavy accent I couldn't understand most of what the country folk were saying, but it hardly mattered. The main characters get a lighter dose of the same accent and are all perfectly clear. An enthusiastic 5-star rating for Mr Hynes' performance on this book.
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- David Bogosian

Hardy is not always tough going. Wonderful!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Far from the Madding Crowd to be better than the print version?

Not necessarily better, the feel of a good book is hard to beat. However the audio version has it's own benefits. It can be listened to anywhere and hearing Hardy's wonderful use of language can transport you back to a simpler time during a boring commute.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything. I've always loved the story from the very first line.

Which character – as performed by Tadhg Hynes – was your favorite?

Gabriel Oak. I think the reader portrays him as Hardy wrote him, as a strong, dependable, loyal man.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Early on when Oak declares his love for Bathsheba and says “I shall do one thing in this life-one thing certain-this is, love you, and long of you, and keep wanting you till I die.”
The book is bursting with memorable quotes but this one stands out for me.

Any additional comments?

If you are one of those people that thought of gloom whenever Hardy was mentioned then Far from the madding crowd is the perfect cure for you. While it has its serious side its written with such style and humor that its little wonder that its popularity has stood the test of over 140 years.
A bargain at 14 dollars.

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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2015
  • Publisher: Victorian Classic Audiobooks