Far from the Madding Crowd

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Thomas Hardy

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: June 2008

Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes


Gabriel Oak is only one of three suitors for the hand of the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene. He must compete with the dashing young soldier Sergeant Troy and the respectable, middle-aged Farmer Boldwood. And while their fates depend upon the choice Bathsheba makes, she discovers the terrible consequences of an inconstant heart.

Far from the Madding Crowd was the first of Hardy's novels to give the name Wessex to the landscape of southwest England and the first to gain him widespread popularity as a novelist. Set against the backdrop of the unchanging natural cycle of the year, the story both upholds and questions rural values with a startlingly modern sensibility.


  • Mark Silverstein

    I picked this book to read because it was going to be the subject of a literary lecture in my community. I knew it was a Thomas Hardy classic, but I had not read Hardy in decades. I found the narration to be excellent, allowing the English of the era to be easily understood. Hardy originally wrote the book as a magazine serial, and sometimes you can just sense where he put the cliff hangers to make you buy the next issue of the magazine. If you like soap operas, this is a hum dinger, complete with intelligent people making bad decisions, and situations going wrong, just when you think things are going to be okay. The plot involves an independent impulsive woman in 19th century England, a time where not a lot of women owned and operated farms. Even if you don't like soap operas, its a compelling story, and a classic.

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Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy