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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Talking Classics) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Thomas Hardy , Martin Shaw , Lindsay Duncan
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1 Dec 2012 Talking Classics
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Fantom Films Limited (1 Dec 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1781960305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781960301
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
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""Audie Award winner Simon Vance's reading is straightforward, well paced, and clear."" ---Library Journal Audio Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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OCR-endorsed edition of this popular classic text, for use with the new OCR English GCE specifications --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a novel so saturated with emotion it is almost too much just to read it. The plot revolves around the eponymous heroine, Tess Durbeyfield, a young and innocent girl who plunges headfirst into adulthood by giving birth to an illegitimate child. Tess is immediately condemned by a cruel society and her unavoidable fate is dragged out in heart wrenching detail by Hardy. What is most interesting about the novel is the author's obvious love for his character, and it is fascinating to imagine Hardy wishing for a happy ending just like the reader, yet at the same time knowing that he is unable to help Tess, his own creation. Everyone should read this novel, it has romance, murder, tragedy, injustice, intricate social commentary, and an intoxicating melancholia. The character of Tess is so well conceived by Hardy, she appears so realistic that the reader finds themselves weeping tears for her as if she were a loved one. Persevere with Hardy's somewhat lengthy descriptions of the surrounding landscape and you will find this novel to be as beautifully perfect as I did.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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I have to give Tess five stars because no book I have read before or since has moved me to such a degree. Thirty years later I still have my original copy, entirely disintegrated, the glue dissolved, in part I'm sure by my hot adolescent tears. It simply tore me apart - I remember in particular strugggling to finish Tess's letter from Flintcomb-Ash through eyes fogged with grief and that after finishing the book I was well-nigh inconsolable for days. I spent the following summer touring the Dorset locations on my bicycle as a kind of pilgrimage, and remember those cruel hills pretty well too.

But having said that, I was sixteen at the time and emotionally wide open. Reading it five years later, I could hardly get past the clumsiness and infelicities in the writing and the crude manipulation and melodrama of the plot. How could I have fallen for this? Reading it again another ten years further on I better understood the theatricality of it - it should be read in some ways like the old ballads with which Hardy was very familiar, with their highly exaggerated representations of good and evil - but the magic had gone.

Maybe the key is that Tess is a book written by an emotional adolescent - Hardy was a writer who arguably never really grew up, and his own relationships seem to bear this out - which speaks most forcefully to other adolescents. The melodrama and the suffering, the torment and the injustice which Tess is put through really are meat and drink to the average sensitive sixteen year old, but seem perhaps a bit foolish in retrospect.

But this isn't really a criticism.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Tess of the D'Urbevilles, by Thomas Hardy, is a wonderful novel, which tragically and poignantly follows the ill-fated life of its heroine, Tess Durbeyfield. Through his exquisite use of imagery, his reflection of Tess in nature, and the continuing thread of tragedy which he weaves throughout the novel, Hardy is able to present to us one of the most memorable figures in English literature. Despite her sincerity and integrity, Tess is forever destined for disappointment, and Hardy's immensely lucid and descriptive writing allows the reader to appreciate this. I would recommend this tremendous piece of fiction to any readers interested in reading the work of a brilliant Victorian author, or for those who appreciate the paradox of sadness and beauty represented in the figure of a strong protagonist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic force 8 Mar 1999
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Format:Paperback
'Tess' is a tragedy of sheer power - the reader at once becomes a companion to her plight and a friend in her solitude. A powerful emotional bond is created by Hardy; he leaves the reader totally alone at the end of the novel, sparing no emotion. The clarity, at times, is disturbed by the time period and slight linguistic idiosyncrasies, but the story remains completely unscathed: a tale of a young woman, corrupted, ruined, and left with nothing by fate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Nadia
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I had previously read The Mayor Of Casterbridge at school (15 years ago) and it has always stayed with me so I thought I would give Tess a try to see if Thomas Hardy could move me with another of his books and he sure did! I love the fact that even though his books were written a long long time ago the subject matter is still applicable today. I could really empathise with Tess, her independance, high morals & sheer stubborness reminds me of me. I could tell that Hardy genuinely cared about Tess to the point where I could easily think she was actually a real person.
I like how Hardy's novels are not happy endings, they are tragic but true to life.
I am going to read Jude of the obscure next and hope it measures up against these two.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I have to give Tess five stars because no other book I have ever read has moved me to such a degree. Thirty years later I still have my original copy, entirely disintegrated, the glue dissolved, very possibly by my hot adolescent tears. It simply tore me apart - I remember in particular struggling to finish Tess's letter from Flintcomb-Ash through eyes blurred with grief, and that after finishing the book I was well-nigh inconsolable for days. I spent the following summer touring the Dorset locations on my bicycle as a kind of pilgrimage, and remember those cruel hills pretty well too.

But having said that, I was sixteen at the time and emotionally wide open. Reading it just five years later, I could hardly get past the clumsiness and infelicities in the writing and the crude manipulation and melodrama of the plot. How could I have fallen for this? Reading it again another ten years further on I better understood the theatricality of it - it should be read in some ways like the old ballads with which Hardy was very familiar, with their highly exaggerated representations of good and evil - but the magic had gone.

Maybe the key is that Tess is a book written by an emotional adolescent - Hardy was a writer who arguably never really grew up, and his own relationships seem to bear this out - which speaks most forcefully to other adolescents. The melodrama and the suffering, the torment and the injustice which Tess is put through really are meat and drink to the average sensitive adolescent, but seem perhaps a bit foolish in retrospect.

But this isn't really a criticism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars persevere, but no book has captured the essence of romantic love as...
I would give this novel between 4 and 5 stars. Hardy was a poet, but also a writer. This novel therefore explores everything about love, from the intoxicating highs to the brutal... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Creaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Arguably my favourite book ever.

It's as dark and as wrenchingly tragic as you'd expect from Thomas Hardy.

The final chapters are unbelievably poignant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars A tragedy in love.
Tess of the D'Ubervilles is very much a tale of tragic romance. Having been raped as a young girl by the evil Mr D'Uberville and having given birth to, and buried his illegitimate... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss H
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I read this book on my Kindle and it gives me so many memories of the first time I read it.
Published 3 months ago by Country Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Bought this for my English course. It was in perfect condition. Perfect for what I needed to use it for.
Published 3 months ago by Kimberley xx
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Only a chapter in but it's already great. Plus the book came in really good time and looks perfect, would definitely recommend :)
Published 3 months ago by Asha Carsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good classic tale
An absorbing read and tragic tale. I had seen a dramatization of the story some years ago but had forgotten how it ended so it held my attention throughout. Read more
Published 3 months ago by annag
3.0 out of 5 stars Storyline is fine but without the depth of the book
I read the first 3 first chapters of the book and listened to rest on the CD. I really enjoyed the nice English language in the book and the slow development of the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bert
5.0 out of 5 stars Eff Me O'Reilly
Poor Tess, cruelly raped by one of them nasty D'Urbevilles I don't know what's the world coming to I ask you
Published 4 months ago by PETER MATHER
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Of course we all know this is a classic, but I hadn't read it until now. Wow, why did I wait so long. A must read by all.
Published 5 months ago by sailingdudette
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