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Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Thomas Hardy

Narrated By: Adrian Praetzellis

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: August 2016

Duration: 17 hours 54 minutes


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)


  • 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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