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Two great novelists, wonderful story-lines, authentic characters and true-to-life settings - what more can a reader want? With Tadgh Hynes doing justice to the works with his sensitive interpretation and wonderful voice, these two books have it all.
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Silas Marner is a book I had to read in high school. I didn’t really appreciate it then. It is a good book but not at all Eliot’s best. I suspect they assigned that because it is shorter and perhaps they think it has a moral lesson of some kind. But I’m sure they would not have considered the idea that it is a severe religious practice that put Marner on his path nor would they have considered any heretical ideas in response to the lots. It is a book worth listening to. Tadhg Hynes is as wonderful to listen to as I remember from the last time I listened to one of his narrations on Librivox. On the other hand - and this is coming from a Thomas Hardy fan - Under the Greenwood Tree is a waste of time. Shallow with the simplest of silly plots. Sure, Hardy’s language is nice, but you don’t need to listen to drivel to get that.