- Narrated by: Rufus Sewell
- Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-01-05
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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The Woodlanders is one of Hardy's most powerful works and the one he liked best. With brooding sexual undertones, it addresses themes about which the author held strong views: the laws of divorce, the inequalities of society, and the uncertainty of land tenure.
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By III on 07-29-11
The Woodlanders- wonderful story and narration
The book tells a classic story about love and the reality we all live in in terms of tradition, moral, virtues, and the choices we face every day.
Initially I bought it because of the narrator. I was familiar with the story; I have seen the film, starring Rufus Sewell as Giles and Emily Woof as Grace, and I wanted to hear the original text which inspired the film. I was right in assuming the book would be even better than the movie. Throughout the wonderful and captivating narration I saw Giles and Grace in the atmosphere of their time. The story was well rounded, without sharp and unpolished edges, and the voice of the narrator was so amazing, like silk on the skin, or thunder in the woods in a stormy day, that I though I was listening to several actors doing a play. It is exactly the impression the book conveys- a masterful play with passion and restraint.
This is a book for the romantic at heart. It finishes with a sadness, but tinged with hope for a little happiness, and wisdom.
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