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Under the Greenwood Tree

Narrated by: Robert Hardy
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
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The four seasons of the Wessex year form the backdrop for the delightful romance of Dick Dewy and Fancy Day. The ups and downs of their courtship are set alongside the story of the rustics who form the church choir.
Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Worth revisiting a classic

An evocative book: gentle on its subjects but creating a sharp-edged picture of a rural community at a time of change. Robert Hardy narrates with distinction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-09-2019

Memories from youth have rude awaking

I studied this book for English O Level way back in the 1960s. At the time I thought it was the best book I'd ever read! I love the dialogue between members of the "quire" but this was one of Hardy's earlier works and he improved immensely and when he got to "Far From The Madding Crowd" I find the two stories very similar, but the latter work being better. However, Hardy has a superb way of commenting upon nature and people's mood and that is superb. Surprisingly I found Robert Hardy's narration disappointing - I've no idea what accent the inhabitants of this Dorset village might have used, but surely not the one used by Robert Hardy. Having said all of that I enjoyed it, but it is no longer the best book I've ever read.

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  • Steven A. McKay
  • 29-10-2019

Vanilla

I enjoyed the narrator's performance immensely. There didn't seem to be a story though, it was just a rather boring recounting of mundane events in a small village involving bland people.
I'm amazed this is considered a classic.
Also, despite the green tree and summer scene on the cover, the story is set around Xmas time!

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  • Curly
  • 15-04-2019

Disappointingly Read!

Thomas Hardy's delightful story disappointingly presented by a top flight reader of whom I had expected much better. Dorset accent? Mmph. not even close Mr Robert Hardy! Actually quite hard to follow!

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