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Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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Adrian Praetzellis

17 Hours 54 Minutes


August 2016

Audio Book Summary

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 the rigid Victorian moral code - his novel JUDE THE OBSCURE was (allegedly) burned by the Bishop of Wakefield for its shocking content. Hardy was an unflinching observer and in TESS has left us some unforgettable vignettes of rural life in late 19th-century England: the slow death of a flock of wounded pheasants, the monotony of field labour under an iron gray sky, and the itinerant farm worker's seasonal round. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

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  • Debbie P.

    I have tried to read the book for so many years, but struggling with the language gave up. at last being able to listen to it I have finished it... oh my goodness what a wonderful story, such a timeless tale of love, poverty, family and grief. read it, listen to it... you will be glad you did! the narrator's voice is so well fitted, he gives enough animation to the characters without it becoming annoying and you just want to keep on listening... to the point where I am going to see if he's read anything else I fancy

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  • Vannari M.

    OMG. One depressing thing after another. SPOILER ALERT!! There is not a happy ending to this sad sad story of a Milk Maid whose done nothing wrong in her life.

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  • Anonymous

    Such a good book. Im so sad it is over. It was the first audiobook that i actually listened to outside of my car because i couldn’t wait until my next drive to see what happened.

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  • Monica d

    Very strong story of a young and pure heart. So old and so actual, because circumstances may have changed, but the evil of the naivety and parents selfish role in the raising of a kid is the same nowadays

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  • Paula M.

    wonderful, heartbreaking, a story for all times.

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  • Maria P.

    I have struggled to get into this story, made it to chapter 6 and had to walk away.

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  • Anonymous

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Wonderful story well read.

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  • Anonymous

    I loved it! I just wish it would have ended better but it still was a great book. The narrator was very good too.

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  • Carol M.

    Since this was a book about a young woman's life, it would have been easier to listen to and get into the main character if the narrator were a woman instead of a man. Having a man using a pretend female voice when Tess was speaking, took away from the story. Other than that, I'm glad I finally listened to this book.

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