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Peter Firth played Angel Clare in Polanski's film version of this novel. His reading demonstrates great affection for Hardy's characters, and an understanding of the many nuances of the story. Don't worry if it seems slow to begin with, if you let the plot unfold, there is plenty of excitement and tragedy in store. Originally published as a serial, each phase builds up to its own climax, which makes for pleasant and interesting listening. Definitely not a "boring 19th century novel."
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
A heartbreaking story possesses both the clarity of rural life and the confusion of the epic struggles of a human heart. Tess and Angel Clare are so beautifully realized that the frustration one feels with them becomes all-too-real. The narration of this version, by Peter Firth, is among the best in the audible.com catalog that I've encountered so far. Tess is a book to read and re-read with your ears, eyes, mind, and heart.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
After having read and adored Tess of the D'Urbervilles last year, I thought this audiobook did Hardy's novel justice. HIs rich descriptions of Wessex and his compassionate character portraits are just as alive and vivid in an audiobook format as they were for me when I first read this book.
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What made the experience of listening to Tess of the D'Urbervilles the most enjoyable?
I first read Tess many years ago as a teenager and didn't think much of it. Having revisiting through this audiobook I am astounded at how much I missed! This is one of those reads which benefit from a few years of life experience. Wonderfully read, atmospheric and colourful.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Tess of the D'Urbervilles?
The description of milking: a real feast for the senses. Brought the era to life and the imagery is superb.
What does Peter Firth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Well read and very consistent... Believable voices and accents. I am local to this area and found the dialect very believable.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It was very easy to see things through the eyes of the characters and to empathise with them, even given the very different attitudes of the time.
Any additional comments?
Thomas Hardy at his best....Highly recommended.
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