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LibriVox recording of A Pair of Blue Eyes, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Tadhg. The book describes the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds. Stephen Smith is a socially inferior but ambitious young man who adores her and with whom she shares a country background. Henry Knight is the respectable, established, older man who represents London society.(Summary by Wikipedia) For further information, including links to online text,...
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Librivox public domain recording of Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native . Like all of Hardy's work, The Return of the Native (1878) is passionate and controversial, with themes and sympathies beyond what a good Victorian would ever admit. A modern and honest novel of chance and choice, faith and infidelities, this dark story asks what is free will and what is fate? What is the true nature of nature, and how do we fit together? Can we fit together? A tragedy set in the barren land of Edgon...
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LibriVox recording of The Woodlanders, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Tadhg Hynes. The Woodlanders is one of Hardy's later novels, although he originally intended it as a successor to Far From The Madding Crowd.It concerns the life and loves of Giles Winterborne,Grace Melbury,Edred Fitzpiers, Felice Charmond and Marty South.The topics of class,fidelity and loyalty are delt with in Hardy's exquisite style and set in the beautiful woodlands of Hintock (Summary by T.Hynes) For further information,...
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Librivox recording of Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Read by LibriVox Volunteers. 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...
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LibriVox recording of Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Tadhg Hynes. Far From The Madding Crowd is Hardys fourth novel.It centres 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 Hardys most eloquent prose.The images of character and nature are painted for our minds eye with sublime style.Finally,but not least, Hardys use of the Greek chorus...
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LibriVox recording of a selection of poems from Moments of Vision and Miscellaneous Verses by Thomas Hardy, in the public domain. The LibriVox catalog page for this work lists the LibriVox readers. Hardy claimed poetry as his first love, and published collections until his death in 1928. Although not as well received by his contemporaries as his novels, Hardy's poetry has been applauded considerably in recent years. Most of his poems deal with themes of disappointment in love and life, and...
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LibriVox recording of The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. Read by Bruce Pirie. Irritated and drunken, an itinerant farm-worker sells his wife and child to a stranger. Thus begins The Mayor of Casterbridge, set in rural and small-town England in the mid-1800s. In the original subtitle, Hardy called this the story of "a man of character," and the central character, Michael Henchard, is one of English fiction's greatest creations. Henchard is deeply developed as a realistic...
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Librivox recording of Jude the Obscure , by Thomas Hardy. Jude the Obscure is the last of Thomas Hardy's novels, begun as a magazine serial and first published in book form in 1895. Its hero Jude Fawley is a lower-class young man who dreams of becoming a scholar. The two other main characters are his earthy wife, Arabella, and his intellectual cousin, Sue. Themes include class, scholarship, religion, marriage, and the modernization of thought and society. (from Wikipedia) For further...
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LibriVox recording of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Alisson Veldhuis. Tess of the d'Urbervilles subtitled, "A Pure Woman," is the story of a young working woman named Tess Durbeyfield who is sent by her father to visit wealthy relatives. Her encounter with Alec d'Urberville changes her life forever, and brings about a doom that no one could have foreseen. (Summary by Alisson Veldhuis) For further information, including links to online text, reader information,...
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LibriVox recording of Two on a Tower, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Tadhg. The plot concerns two – literally starcrossed – lovers: Swithin St. Cleeve, a very young amateur astronomer, and Viviette Constantine, an unhappily married and abandoned woman 8 or 9 years his senior. Each night Swithin climbs the old tower of the title, in the grounds of the Constantine estate. Lady Constantine, whose husband has been absent some years on an extended hunting and exploring journey to Africa, joins the...
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LibriVox recording of Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries, with Miscellaneous Pieces by Thomas Hardy. Read in English by John Burlinson; Sonia; Tomas Peter Published in 1914, this is a compilation of 107 poems by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), who is probably better known as the author of such famous novels as Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd . Similar to his novels, the underlying themes of the majority of the poems in this collection are death, departure and...
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LibriVox recording of Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Read in English by Bob Neufeld. Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is a novel by Thomas Hardy, first published in 1891. It initially appeared in a censored and serialised version, published by the British illustrated newspaper, The Graphic. Though now considered an important work of English literature, the book received mixed reviews when it first appeared, in part because it challenged the sexual mores...
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LibriVox recording of A Laodicean by Thomas Hardy. Read in English by Simon Evers The Laodicean (someone whose religious beliefs are “lukewarm”) of the title is Paula Power who bought the ancient castle De Stancy which she is determined to restore. Being of a modern frame of mind, she has the telegraph connected to the castle – and uses it all the time in the course of the story. George Somerset is a young architect who is invited to compete for the chance of the commission to restore the...
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LibriVox recording of The Hand of Ethelberta, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Simon Evers. Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but became a governess and consequently, at the age of 18, married well. However, her husband died two weeks after the wedding. Her father-in-law, Lord Petherwin, died shortly afterwards. Ethelberta (now 21) lives with her mother-in-law, Lady Petherwin. In the three years that have elapsed since her marriage, Ethelberta has been treated to foreign travel and further...
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Librivox recording of The Trumpet Major by Thomas Hardy. Read by LibriVox Volunteers. Our heroine, Anne Garland, lives quietly in a rural community deep in the English countryside. However, the arrival of several regiments preparing for an expected invasion brings colour and chaos to the county. A graceful and charming young woman, Anne is pursued by three suitors: John Loveday, the trumpet-major in a British regiment, honest and loyal; his brother Robert, a merchant seaman and womaniser, and...
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LibriVox  volunteers bring you 12 recordings of When I set out for Lyonnesse by Thomas Hardy. This was the Weekly Poetry project for August 22, 2021.   Read in English by Alan Mapstone; Cade Elder; Bruce Kachuk; Darrell Nobles; Newgatenovelist; yourbookvoice; Lee Ann Howlett; Larry Wilson; Phil Schempf; Susan Russell; Steve C and Sheridan Alistair. This Weekly poem is from the collection Satires of Circumstance by Thomas Hardy (1914). Lyonnesse was a mythical Kingdom mentioned in the...
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LibriVox recording of Jude The Obscure, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Tadhg Eleven-year-old Jude Fawley, inspired by his teacher Mr. Phillotson, who leaves Marygreen for Christminster to take a university degree, decides to adopt the same course for himself. Raised by his great-aunt, he studies hard with the aid of some old Latin and Greek books sent to him by Phillotson.He trains as a stonemason in order to enable him to support himself when at the university.However when he finally arrives in...
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LibriVox recording of The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, read by Debra Lynn. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) is a tragic novel by English author Thomas Hardy subtitled, "The Life and Death of a Man of Character". It is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge (based on the town of Dorchester in Dorset). The book is one of Hardy's Wessex novels, all set in a fictional rustic England.(Summary from Wikipedia) A poor, disgruntled, drunken young man sells his wife and child to...
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LibriVox recording of The Return of the Native (dramatic reading) by Thomas Hardy. Read by LibriVox Volunteers Clym Yeobright returns home to Egdon Heath, a scattered collection of houses on the isolated Wessex moors, and is caught up in a "love pentagon" which includes: his cousin, Thomasin Yeobright; the shadowy inn-keeper, Damon Wildeve; the controversial and romantic Eustacia Vye; and the mysterious reddleman, Diggory Venn, whose skin is stained completely red from his work. This...
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LibriVox recording of Wessex Tales, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Tadhg Hynes. Wessex Tales is a collection of six short stories written by Hardy in the 1880’s. If you’ve never read Hardy they’ll serve as a good introduction to his writing. Though not as comprehensive as his major works they do contain all the ingredients that make him instantly recognisable. (Introduction by T. Hynes.) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other...
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LibriVox recording of Wessex Poems by Thomas Hardy. Read in English by Libby Gohn A collection of poetry by Thomas Hardy, some of which were previously published or adapted into his prose works. - Summary by Libby Gohn For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit LibriVox.org . M4B audio...
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LibriVox  volunteers bring you 25 recordings of At A Lunar Eclipse by Thomas Hardy. This was the Weekly Poetry project for  January 27, 2019. Read in English by Bruce Kachuk; Craig Franklin; Caroline Sears; Dean Rogers; Newgatenovelist; Greg Giordano; Graham Scott; Lynne Schroeder; Ian King; Jim Gallagher; Josh Kibbey; Ariphron; Kathryn Cummins; Kate Vaws; Lee Ann Howlett; Larry Wilson; Lynda Marie Neilson; SlowCyclist1; Nan Dodge; Nemo; Phil Schempf; Tomas Peter; TerribleTy27; tovarisch and...
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LibriVox recording of The Well-Beloved, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Simon Evers. 'The Well-Beloved' tells the story of Jocelyn Pierston and his love for three generations of women - the grandmother, her daughter and grand-daughter over a period of forty years. Pierston is seeking for perfection in his choice of lover and in doing so lets opportunities for happiness pass him by. However, at the end of his life, he finds some kind of contentment in compromise. (Summary by Simon Evers) For further...
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LibriVox recording of Song of the Soldiers' Wives, by Thomas Hardy. Thomas Hardy is regarded as one of the best English novelists. His novels are heartbreaking, unconventional, sad and lyrical. He also wrote many poems. This is one of the best. This is the weekly poem for the week starting at 5 August 2012. (Summary by Stav Nisser) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog...
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LibriVox recording of The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy. Read in English by Alisson Veldhuis; Eleanor Howard; Beth Thomas A milkmaid, Margery, encounters a mysterious foreigner and perhaps prevents him from committing suicide. In gratitude, the man offers her any reward she can name. She tells him she wants to go to a ball. He takes her, admittedly a bit reluctantly, to a yeoman's ball in a neighboring county. From there the story continues because of course, a lot happens...
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Librivox recording of Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Read by Adrian Praetzellis. One of the greatest English tragic novels, TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES (1891) is the story of a “pure woman” who is victimized both by conventional morality and its antithesis. Born near Dorchester, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) set most of his stories in the region between Berkshire and Dorset in the fictional county of Wessex. He was a controversial writer whose work often showed the result of flouting...
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LibriVox  volunteers bring you 12 recordings of The Ruined Maid by Thomas Hardy.  This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 3, 2017 Read in English by annie70; David Lawrence; Ezwa; fshort; Greg Giordano; Scotty Smith; Lee Ann Howlett; Matthew Datcher; Sonia; Tony Addison; Tomas Peter and tovarisch. While Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898. Initially, therefore, he gained fame as the author...
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LibriVox recording of A Group of Noble Dames, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Libby Gohn. The pedigrees of our county families, arranged in diagrams on the pages of county histories, mostly appear at first sight to be as barren of any touch of nature as a table of logarithms. But given a clue—the faintest tradition of what went on behind the scenes, and this dryness as of dust may be transformed into a palpitating drama. Out of such pedigrees and supplementary material most of the following stories...
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LibriVox volunteers bring you 10 recordings of Middle Age Enthusiasms by Thomas Hardy. This was the Weekly Poetry project for JUne 12, 2016. Read in English by Bruce Kachuk; Newgatenovelist; Greg Giordano; Ian King; Lee Ann Howlett; Leonard Wilson; Maria Kasper; Matthew Datcher; SkyAlbatross and Tomas Peter. Thomas Hardy, OM was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially...
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LibriVox recording of The Mayor of Casterbridge, LibriVox Version 3 by Thomas Hardy.  Read by Alisson Veldhuis In a fit of drunkenness, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter to the highest bidder at a country fair. He lives with regret and swears off drink, until his wife and daughter return eighteen years later, when he is now well-off and the Mayor of Casterbridge. - Summary by Alisson Veldhuis For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS...
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LibriVox  volunteers bring you 14 recordings of A Commonplace Day by Thomas Hardy. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for February 27, 2022. Read in English by Adrian Stephens; Bruce Kachuk; David Lawrence; Newgatenovelist; Greg Giordano; Giac LaGraff; Garth Burton; yourbookvoice; Krista Zaleski; Larry Wilson; LeeSalter; Lee Vogler; Winnifred Assmann and Winston Smith. Thomas Hardy OM was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced...
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LibriVox recording of Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy. Read in English by Philippa; Lisa Reichert; Rod Moss; shihping; Bryony Ford; Malcolm Fisher Cytherea Graye is poor, but accepts a post as lady's maid to the eccentric Miss Aldclyffe, the woman whom her father had loved but had not been able to marry. Cytherea in turn loves a young architect, Edward Springrove; but will Miss Adclyffe's machinations, the knowledge that Edward is already engaged to a woman whom he does not love, and the...
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LibriVox  volunteers bring you 13 recordings of To Flowers From Italy In Winter by Thomas Hardy. This was the Weekly Poetry project for July 25, 2021.   Read in English by Alan Mapstone; Algy Pug; Brize C; Bruce Kachuk; David Lawrence; dayanamnks; Oncetwain; Newgatenovelist; Garth Burton; Lee Ann Howlett; Larry Wilson; LeeSalter and Sarah Jabir. This Weekly Poem features some of the Poet's thoughts on imported flowers. ( a curious subject) - Summary by David Lawrence For further information,...
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LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of In Time Of "The Breaking Of Nations" by Thomas Hardy. This was the Weekly Poetry project for June 30, 2013. Written during the First World War, this is a poem about love, war and their timelessness by one of the best Victorian novelists. (Summary by Stav Nisser) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this...
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LibriVox recording of Life's Little Ironies; A Set Of Tales With Some Colloquial Sketches Entitled A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy. Read in English by David Wales Eighteen short stories by a master story teller. - Summary by david wales For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit...
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LibriVox recording of A Changed Man And Other Tales by Thomas Hardy. Read in English by David Wales Eleven short stories. - Summary by david wales For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit LibriVox.org . M4B Audiobook 01-08 (128MB) M4B Audiobook 09-16 (136MB)
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LibriVox volunteers bring you seven different recordings of The Oxen , by Thomas Hardy. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of December 17th, 2006. For more information on our readers, please visit the catalog page at: http://librivox.org/the-oxen-by-thomas-hardy/ . For more free audiobooks, or to become a volunteer reader, please visit librivox.org . Download M4B (3MB)
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LibriVox recording of Under the Greenwood Tree, by Thomas Hardy. Read by Rachel Lintern. This novel is subtitled The Mellstock Quire, A Rural Painting of the Dutch School . The Quire is the group of musicians who accompany the hymns at the local church and we follow the fortunes of one member, Dick Dewy, who falls in love with the new school mistress, Fancy Day. Another element of the book is the battle between the traditional musicians of the Quire and the local vicar, Parson Maybold, who...
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LibriVox recording of The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy The story takes place in a small woodland village called Little Hintock, and concerns the efforts of an honest woodsman, Giles Winterborne, to marry his childhood sweetheart, Grace Melbury. Although they have been informally betrothed for some time, her father has made financial sacrifices to give his adored only child a superior education and no longer considers Giles good enough for her. The Woodlanders marks the beginnings of controversy...
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