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In the remote wildness of Egdon Heath, the crossed love affairs and marriages of a small group of people are played out against the background of nature’s beauty and indifference to mankind. Through a series of vivid incidents and encounters, The Return of the Native moves in a relentless drive towards tragedy, as the plans and dreams of the lovers miscarry, defeated by chance, or destiny or self-deception. In their unhappy stories, Hardy gives us a powerful dramatization of his bleak philosophy, his belief in man’s helplessness before the malevolence of the universe.
Public Domain (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeff Lacy on 05-06-17

Thomas Hardy

One of his best novels very well performed being that the dialogue was in dialect and idiom of that location and time. This one of the best audible performances I have heard. It brought out the texture of the story thoroughly, and with the dialogue, the authenticity of the characters. This is a classic Hardy novel, definitely a plot of that period.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Frequent Amazon Buyer on 03-02-18

Bitter DIssatisfaction with the Narration

Poorly done narration. A waste of a credit. The narration is performed by an untalented cloud, who has no grasp of the regional dialect. The producers should be fired.l

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5 out of 5 stars
By Miss Clare Weightman on 10-14-16

The best of Hardy - magical!

Absolutely love this book, incredible characters and wonderful language. I cried more than once! Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By S. Bowman on 10-07-16

Hardy with a not-so-depressing ending

If you can wade yourself in through the first hour or two then I guarantee you will become engaged. If you are familiar with Victorian writing you will know what you are getting into. If you are unfamiliar with Victorian writing, this story is character driven with a bit of drama, tragedy and mercy pulling the story along.

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