Jude the Obscure

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Thomas Hardy

Narrated By: Frederick Davidson

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: April 2011

Duration: 14 hours 35 minutes


His last and most controversial novel, Jude the Obscure provoked such widespread and bitter attacks that Hardy claimed it caused him to stop writing novels. The primary causes of the uproar involved Hardy’s frank treatment of sexual themes and his unconventional portrayal of the pillars of Victorian society: the British university system, marriage, and religion. Today, many consider this to be Hardy’s finest work. The story involves the tragic relationship between Jude Fawley, a village stonemason who is thwarted in his aspirations to the ministry, and Sue Bridehead, a freethinking cousin who is shunned by society for her social and sexual rebellion. Concerned with the annihilation of innocence, Jude the Obscure is powerful in its portrayal of suffering, rich in its evocation of nature, and tragic in its vision of life.


  • Ian Bishop

    The book is well known for its fatalistic view of life. One keeps hoping that Jude's fortunes will improve. The narration does full justice to the beautiful writing and a pretty good job with the diverse voices of the main characters.

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