Far from the Madding Crowd

Written by:
John Ruskin , Thomas Hardy
Narrated by:
LibriVox Volunteers

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2016
14 hours 42 minutes
Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and offers in ample measure the details of English rural life that Hardy so relished. Hardy's growing taste for tragedy is also evident in the novel. It first appeared, anonymously, as a monthly magazine serial, where it gained a wide readership and critical acclaim. According to Virginia Woolf, "The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective man, the man of learning, all enlisted to produce a book which . . . must hold its place among the great English novels." The book is often regarded as an early piece of feminist literature, since it features an independent woman with the courage to defy convention by running a farm herself. Although Bathsheba's passionate nature leads her into serious errors of judgment, Hardy endows her with sufficient resilience, intelligence, and good luck to overcome her youthful folly.
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I found the narrator very dreary in the first chapter and stopped listening to this version.

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Half way through , love the book and the story Did this for O level many years ago , one or two of the story tellers come on are not up to reading out aloud , sorry but it’s true

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Vanessa Cole

I couldn't get pass the narrator voice. She seemed tried at times. Made the story boring. So I can only rate it 1 star.

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