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    • The Return of the Native

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

    Non-member price: $35.90

    • 10 Masterpieces You Have to Listen Before You Die 3

    • By: Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, and others
    • Narrated by: Brian Kelly, Sinead Dixon, Claire Walsh, and others
    • Length: 97 hrs
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    This Audiobook contains the following works: White Fang [Jack London ], Tess of the d'Urbervilles [Thomas Hardy], The Call of Cthulhu [H.P Lovecraft], A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court [Mark Twain], The Return of Sherlock Holmes [Arthur Conan Doyle], The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde [Robert Louis Stevenson], Crime and Punishment [Fyodor Dostoyevsky], Wuthering Heights [Emily Brontë], A Christmas Carol [Charles Dickens], The jungle book [Rudyard Kipling].

    Non-member price: $54.96

    • Jude the Obscure

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Brian Hall
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    One of Jude Fawley's ambitions in life is a university education, but his dreams come crashing down around him when he is forced into marriage with Arabella. The marriage doesn't last long before his new bride abandons him for a different life. Left with nothing more than his broken dreams, Jude moves to the city of Christminster, where he finds work as a stonemason.

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Peter Firth
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    When John Durbeyfield discovers a family connection to the ancient Norman family, the D'Urbervilles, the fate of daughter Tess is transformed. Sent by her ambitious parents to visit her wealthy D'Urberville cousins, Tess attracts the attention of the unscrupulous Alec. Seduced and discarded by him and alone in the world, she finds work as a milkmaid and the love of Angel Clare. Yet his love cannot accept the truth about Tess's past.

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • The Woodlanders

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    Set in the Dorset landscape familiar to Hardy novels, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-do-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of a dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Mrs Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, but where do the chapters start/end?

    • By genesispainter on 08-05-2017

    Non-member price: $29.51

    • Far From the Madding Crowd (Movie Tie-in Edition)

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    Despite the violent ends of several of its major characters, Far from the Madding Crowd is the sunniest and least brooding of Hardy's great novels. The strong-minded Bathsheba Everdene - and the devoted shepherd, obsessed farmer, and dashing soldier who vie for her favor - move through a beautifully realized late 19th-century agrarian landscape, still almost untouched by the industrial revolution and the encroachment of modern life.

    Non-member price: $35.54

    • Far From the Madding Crowd

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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    In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Always wonderful!

    • By Anonymous User on 02-02-2019

    Non-member price: $46.12

    • Far from the Madding Crowd

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    Hardy's first major literary success, here brought to life by narrator Nathaniel Parker, is the story of the independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits her uncle's farm, the largest estate in the area. She surprises the villagers of Weatherbury by deciding to run it herself. Attracted to this bold young woman are three suitors all vying for her affections. They include the lonely gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the young and handsome but inconsiderate Sergeant Troy and the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • chiefly about a woman in the words of a man

    • By Julie on 19-08-2015

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Tony Britton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This audiobook is about the rise and fall of Michael Henchard. While out-of-work he gets drunk at a fair and impulsively sells his wife and baby for five guineas to a sailor. Eighteen years later he is reunited with his wife and daughter, who discover that he has gained wealth and respect and is now the most prominent man in Casterbridge. Though he attempts to make amends he is no less impulsive and once again loses everything due to bad luck and his violent, selfish and vengeful nature.

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • A Laodicean

    • A Story of To-day
    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
    • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Subtitled 'A Story of To-day', A Laodicean occupies a unique place in the Thomas Hardy canon. Departing from pre-industrial Wessex, Hardy brings his themes of social constraint, fate, chance and miscommunication to the very modern world of the 1880s - complete with falsified telegraphs, fake photographs, and perilous train tracks. The story follows the life of Paula Power, heiress of her late father's railroad fortune and the new owner of the medieval Castle Stancy. With the castle in need of restoration, Paula employs architect George Somerset, who soon falls in love with her.

    Non-member price: $48.75

    • Far from the Madding Crowd

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little.

    Non-member price: $43.87

    • Far From the Madding Crowd

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Jill Masters
    • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Thomas Hardy brings us an England that once existed but no more. It is rural, traditional, pastoral - a society of mannered conduct that flows like a deep river where powerful currents eddy and swirl. In this powerful novel of love and disillusion, Hardy's heroine is torn between the three men in her life. Passionate but capricious, her romantic involvements have fascinated generations of readers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 5 star

    • By Krystal on 16-01-2018

    Non-member price: $24.59

    • Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    Michael Henchard, drunk at a country fair, sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas. The following day, in despair and remorse, he forswears alcohol and sets out to redeem himself. In time, he becomes a respected merchant and eventually the mayor of the town. But Fate is not to be so easily appeased, and Henchard finds his past actions resonate through and destroy his plans for the future.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • welcome to rural England

    • By Charlottedv on 05-09-2015

    Non-member price: $64.58

    • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    Young Tess Durbeyfield attempts to restore her family's fortunes by claiming their connection with the aristocratic d'Urbervilles. But Alec d'Urberville is a rich wastrel who seduces her and makes her life miserable. When Tess meets Angel Clare, she is offered true love and happiness, but her past catches up with her and she faces an agonizing moral choice.

    Non-member price: $36.90

    • The Woodlanders

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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    The Woodlanders is vintage Hardy. The story revolves around the young woman Grace Melbury, who returns to the leafy world of Little Hintock and soon finds herself at the center of a number of tragic events. In penetrating, incisive and beautiful prose, Hardy tells a moving tale of unrequited love as fate and the constraints of society thwart the happiness of our heroine.

    Non-member price: $46.12

    • Jude The Obscure

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is the story of a young country workman obsessed by his ambition to become an Oxford student, interwoven with his fraught relationships with two women.

    Non-member price: $31.45

    • The Well Beloved

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Anneliese Rennie
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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    Can desire, that never-ending pursuit of something magical and special - be ever satisfied? This last novel by 19th century realist Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D'Ubervilles, Jude The Obscure, Far From The Madding Crowd) tells the story of the sculptor Jocelyn Pierston's search for the ideal woman, through three generations of a Portland family. One of Hardy's most neglected novels and a precursor to Shaw's Pygmalion, it is a semi-autobiographical tale of an artist pursuing his muse through the forms of many women. 

    Non-member price: $21.87

    • A Pair of Blue Eyes

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
    • Length: 16 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Hardy's third novel, A Pair of Blue Eyes, follows the story of Elfride Swancourt. The daughter of the rector of Endelstow, a sparse, sea-swept parish in Cornwall, Elfride is caught between two suitors of very different backgrounds: Stephen Smith, a young architect restoring the old parish church; and the respectable, older man of London society, Henry Knight. The blue-eyed and high-spirited protagonist must untangle the conflicting messages of her heart and her mind.

    Non-member price: $83.26

    • Far from the Madding Crowd & The Return of the Native

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Tadhg Hynes
    • Length: 28 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Far from the Madding Crowd is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel. It centers on the lives of five characters: Gabriel Oak, Bathsheba Everdene, Mr Boldwood, Sgt. Troy, and Fanny Robin. The plot involves love, loyalty, death, and betrayal, and all this is delivered to us in Hardy's most eloquent prose. The images of character and nature are painted for our mind's eye with sublime style.

    Non-member price: $29.73

    • The Richard Burton Poetry Collection

    • By: Samuel Coleridge, Thomas Hardy, John Donne
    • Narrated by: Richard Burton
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Richard Burton reads from Hardy and Donne, and performs a wonderful unabridged version of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (along with Robert Hardy and John Neville).

    Non-member price: $14.19

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