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Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. 

The first of his works set in Wessex, Hardy's novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.

©2019 Thomas Hardy, Rosemarie Morgan (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Marvelous! Hear it again and again. Best narrator on Audible!

Hardy’s Best! Magnetic characters and a profound exhibition of the triumphs and weaknesses of human nature.
Narrator has supreme interpretation and expression of every character!
What an exquisite voice!

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Fantastic work and performance

I loved this novel and I loved the narration. I’m not sure I would’ve gotten as much out of it if I read it as opposed to hearing it because Olivia Vinall’s Narration really brought the characters to life. This is a bittersweet love story, which really is the best kind where perhaps not everyone lives happily ever after but it’s not tragic either. Loved it! Highly recommend!

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His Best

I love every moment of this book. The ancient agricultural customs, feats days to mark the year, reading of the stars, the reference to time, the characterizations filled up my heart once more. It is an all time favorite.

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Expertly narrated

I loved losing myself in Thomas Hardy's Wessex and Olivia Vinall's narration was brilliant. Highly recommend.

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