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Far from the Madding Crowd [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Thomas Hardy , Nathaniel Parker
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471352404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471352409
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 13.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

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. A complete and unabridged reading on 12 CDs, running time 13 hours 35 mins. Reader Nathaniel Parker.

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This is an enjoyable reading of Thomas Hardy's classic. Nathaniel Parker manages the many characters very effectively and avoids the trap of exaggerating his vocal range when changing from male to female voices. Accents are well managed and not overly theatrical, so the novel retains its credibility. I don't especially enjoy his voice, which is always an issue of personal taste when it comes to audio books, but I don't find it grating. My only complaint regarding the reading is that it seems just a touch quick which might also explain a slight constriction that I sense in the voice: I honestly wondered for a moment if the speed of my player was just a little awry. Perhaps just my very personal feeling.

As usual there is no printed tracking information from AudioGo, so finding one's way if one changes device or has a break is not easy. The company's 'solution' is to place inaudible track markers on the cds: on ipod these come up as, say 'Chapter 4c', but the absence of a printed record makes this solution largely redundant if one is listening on a standard cd device. Is it really too much to ask for a slip of paper saying cd 4, Chapter 16 tracks 8 and 9? Apparently it is!

If this production issue is unlikely to be a problem for you, however, there is no need to look further than this generally very good reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Delivery 5 Dec 2013
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I thought this reading of Thomas Hardy's classic by Nathaniel Parker was extremely well delivered and quite rivetting. This is, perhaps, one of Hardy's `lighter' novels. The young Bathsheba Everdene has some luck in inheriting an estate from a distant relative - not just any old estate, but the largest in the area of Wetherby. Being young, fair and rich she soon finds herself being pursued by three would be suitors - a handsome sergeant, another local landowner and her former admirer, Gabriel Oak whom, when he was a man of means and she penniless, she refused. Mayhem ensues and some sad tragedies befall Wetherby before Bathsheba becomes older and wiser.

It is never just the main story line with a Hardy novel. It is really all about the fascinating rural life of the area he styles `Wessex' which was already beginning to change and vanish as he was writing this novel. There is always the underlying hardship which accompanies the seasons and the idyll.

All of this Nathaniel Parker captures and encapsulates beautifully in his reading. He has a soft, undulating voice which is well suited to the text and he is able to adapt so that it is like listening to a play as he is able to intone to suit the words of Bathsheba, Gabriel or even a stammering peasant! As a narrator he really captures and holds your interest and you quickly find yourself mentally in nineteenth century Wessex. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wessex Tale in Audio 30 Oct 2013
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This is a wonderful complex story with lots of twists and turns. Thomas Hardy wrote long tales of of human relationships and also the relationship that people have with the land they inhabit. In this story it is the beautiful county of Wessex.
There are four main characters : Bathsheba Everdine , Gabriel Oak, William Boldwood and Francis Troy.
Events begin when having just started his own farm Gabriel Oak, a shepherd, meets Bathsheba Everdine ( a vain and beautiful young woman ) on a chance encounter on a cart road. Gabriel falls deeply for her but unhappily the feeling is not reciprocated. Bathsheba tells him that she needs someone to tame her, and that she is too independent for him, Implying that Gabriel would not be able to do this.
The other two main characters appear later in the story when things are already getting complicated. (No spoilers here)!
One thing that I really loved about this novel is how Thomas Hardy really brings the countryside to life. I loved his descriptions of the night sky, and the way his character Gabriel can tell the time by the constellations. There are many detailed descriptions of the landscape and creatures that fill it. He also really tells how it is to live the life of a shepherd at that time. Hardy is known for his rather tragic story lines. This is a sad story but very entertaining and engrossing.
This unabridged audio CD is well read by Nathaniel Parker who really brings the characters to life and who has a pleasant voice to listen to.
I thoroughly recommend this Audio Version to lovers of Thomas Hardy and newcomers to his stories as it is well worth listening to.
There was a film of this book starring Julie Christie as Bathsheba and Terrence Stamp as Troy in the 1960's, and next year a remake is due to come out that has been filmed in the local area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Production 23 Oct 2013
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There are number of very good reviews of this `classic' novel. I believe the other reviewers have given a good plot overview. So here goes on my thoughts of this unabridged audio presentation, for what they're worth. For my part I was introduced to this novel in my English Literature class and even then I enjoyed the narrative, I found out early on that Hardy had original produced his narrative as part of monthly serial for a magazine, and I think that this shows in the narrative. As the author had to keep his monthly readership keen and interested, so they would get the next enthralling `episode'.

As the serial progressed the story gained a broader audience. Eventually it gained mainly positive reviews and was ultimately compiled in a novel. What I didn't know, at the time and only realised until recently, is that Thomas Hardy revised/tweaked the narrative on number of occasions. So I guess what we read today, or in this case hear has changed from the early manuscripts.

For me this is a story that can be seen on many levels - yes it is a romance, a comment woman in society of the time, but for me it is the rural background that gives this tale that extra zest that I find so enjoyable.
This unabridged audio is very good, I found the narrator's voice comfortable to listen too, I guess on this front it is really down personal to taste, I'm sure there may be some detractors on how well the story is narrated. However, I really enjoyed this audio book and I recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent audio version of a classic
'Far From The Madding Crowd' is one of the classics I've always been meaning to read, but never quite gotten into. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dinah85
4.0 out of 5 stars Far From the Madding Crowd
This has always been my favourite among Thomas Hardy's novels (I did it for 'A' level) and this is a beautifully nuanced performance of the full book by Nathaniel Parker.
Published 10 months ago by G. J. Oxley
4.0 out of 5 stars Nathanial Parker and Thomas Hardy, the perfect pairing
I am ashamed to say that I have never read Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, but I have really enjoyed listening to this reading. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. A. Broadhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading by a fine actor
Having never read any Thomas Hardy I opted for an audio reading as an introduction to his work (although I have seen some film/TV productions). Was this a good idea? Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. P. Mankin
4.0 out of 5 stars A living classic
I could listen to Nathaniel Parker all day - what a wonderful voice! It was a perfect choice for the Thomas Hardy classic. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. D. J. Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars An early example of feminist literature
Thomas Hardy's first successful novel was written in 1874, exploring English rural life in great, enjoyable detail. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is a brilliantly read unabridged adaptation of one of Thomas Hardys most famous works. I have never read the book or seen anything on TV or film so the whole story was brand... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Boof
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality all round
If your subconscious already associates Nathaniel Parker with this Hardy classic, it might be because he did a very good job of portraying Gabriel in the 1998 TV series. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bomble
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This really is a magnificent story and I am glad we have it here in its full length.
Nat Parker's reading is superb and brings the characters to life. Read more
Published 12 months ago by scoon2
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