The Trumpet Major


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(4.3 stars; 16 reviews)

Our heroine, Anne Garland, lives quietly in a rural community deep in the English countryside. However, the arrival of several regiments preparing for an expected invasion brings colour and chaos to the county. A graceful and charming young woman, Anne is pursued by three suitors: John Loveday, the trumpet-major in a British regiment, honest and loyal; his brother Robert, a merchant seaman and womaniser, and Festus Derriman, the cowardly son of the local squire. Set at the time of the Napoleonic wars, this is the author's only historical novel, and unusually for Hardy's books, some of the characters live happily ever after. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Cori Samuel.)

(11 hr 48 min)

Chapters

Chapter 00 - Preface 4:14 Read by Rebecca Dittman
Chapter 01 - What Was Seen From the Window Overlooking the Down 20:51 Read by Rebecca Dittman
Chapter 02 - Somebody Knocks and Comes In 18:06 Read by Rebecca Dittman
Chapter 03 - The Mill Becomes an Important Centre of Operations 17:28 Read by Rebecca Dittman
Chapter 04 - Who Were Present at the Miller's Little Entertainment 7:17 Read by RobbieRogers
Chapter 05 - The Song and the Stranger 16:52 Read by RobbieRogers
Chapter 06 - Old Mr. Derriman of Oxwell Hall 24:00 Read by RobbieRogers
Chapter 07 - How They Talked in the Pastures 8:13 Read by RobbieRogers
Chapter 08 - Anne Makes a Circuit of the the Camp 15:13 Read by RobbieRogers
Chapter 09 - Anne is Kindly Fetched by the Trumpet-Major 28:19 Read by Jack Farrell
Chapter 10 - The Matchmaking Virtues of a Double Garden 15:42 Read by Jack Farrell
Chapter 11 - Our People Are Affected by the Presence of Royalty 20:56 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 12 - How Everybody Great and Small Climbed... 14:48 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 13 - The Conversation in the Crowd 12:20 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 14 - Later in the Eve. of the Same Day 9:15 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 15 - 'Captain' Bob Loveday of the Merchant Service 22:34 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 16 - They Make Ready for the Illustrious Stranger 22:52 Read by Alana Jordan
Chapter 17 - Two Fainting Fits and a Bewilderment 15:35 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 18 - The Night After the Arrival 13:21 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 19 - Miss Johnson's Behaviour Causes No Little Surprise 19:05 Read by Becca B
Chapter 20 - How They Lessened the Effect of the Calamity 19:06 Read by valli
Chapter 21 - 'Upon the Hill He Turned' 12:29 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 22 - The Two Households United 23:18 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 23 - Military Preparations on an Extended Scale 21:28 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 24 - A Letter, A Visitor and a Tin Box 10:09 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 25 - Festus Shows His Love 12:56 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 26 - The Alarm 26:27 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 27 - Danger to Anne 16:55 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 28 - Anne Does Wonders 24:08 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 29 - A Dissembler 9:19 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 30 - At The Theatre Royal 16:33 Read by markman
Chapter 31 - Midnight Visitors 13:46 Read by markman
Chapter 32 - Deliverance 12:01 Read by markman
Chapter 33 - A Discovery Turns the Scale 23:11 Read by markman
Chapter 34 - A Speck on the Sea 23:16 Read by Jack Farrell
Chapter 35 - A Sailor Enters 16:09 Read by Jack Farrell
Chapter 36 - Derriman Sees Chances 12:21 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 37 - Reaction 19:53 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 38 - A Delicate Situation 20:36 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 39 - Bob Loveday Struts Up and Down 22:57 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 40 - A Call on Business 15:50 Read by Simon Evers
Chapter 41 - John Marches into the Night 8:38 Read by Aaron Elliott

Reviews

history romance love and sadness

(5 stars)

loved it and most of the readers are fabulous and even the ones that aren't fabulous do a fair job

Wow!

(5 stars)

Professional narration from some of the absolute best. I don’t usually listen to a book with multiple narrators as the transition can be rather jarring. However, I took a chance here and I’m so glad I did. What a special treat! Thank you narrators. The book is good and about halfway through it garnered my complete attention. All I can say is thank you

The LibriVox volunteer narrators have done a fantastic job here.

(5 stars)

It was quite unusual for Hardy to pen historical fiction. He did it well in this novel.

Beautifully done

(5 stars)

One of my favourite Hardy novels is skillfully delivered by some of LV's very best readers. Thank you for hours of enjoyment.