The Return of the Native


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.7 stars; 16 reviews)

Like all of Hardy's work, The Return of the Native (1878) is passionate and controversial, with themes and sympathies beyond what a good Victorian would ever admit. A modern and honest novel of chance and choice, faith and infidelities, this dark story asks what is free will and what is fate? What is the true nature of nature, and how do we fit together? Can we fit together?

A tragedy set in the barren land of Edgon Heath. Our heroine, Eustacia, is proud, passionate, cruel, fickle, avaricious, and desperate. She burns every life she touches, never able to find the mad love and exotic world she dreams of. Our supposed hero, Clym, is modest, steady, plain, moral, and dutiful. He is satisfied returning from Paris to the simple comfort of home.

When they come together, the Heath will come apart.

Originally released as five books, in classic tragic form, a sixth, tacking on a 'happy ending', was added by editor and public pressure. (Summary by Marlo Dianne)

(17 hr 35 min)

Chapters

Preface 2:30 Read by Marlo Dianne
Book 1 – 01 13:00 Read by Marlo Dianne
Book 1 – 02 16:40 Read by Chip
Book 1 – 03 53:01 Read by Chip
Book 1 – 04 12:15 Read by Chip
Book 1 – 05 31:26 Read by Chip
Book 1 – 06 37:09 Read by Chip
Book 1 – 07 16:44 Read by Betsie Bush
Book 1 – 08 12:28 Read by Chip
Book 1 – 09 26:30 Read by Chip
Book 1 – 10 24:53 Read by Graham Williams
Book 1 – 11 22:26 Read by Graham Williams
Book 2 – 01 12:18 Read by Graham Williams
Book 2 – 02 11:54 Read by Graham Williams
Book 2 – 03 13:36 Read by Graham Williams
Book 2 – 04 26:11 Read by Graham Williams
Book 2 – 05 17:25 Read by David Barnes
Book 2 – 06 26:35 Read by David Barnes
Book 2 – 07 21:52 Read by David Barnes
Book 2 – 08 25:29 Read by Graham Williams
Book 3 – 01 13:33 Read by Graham Williams
Book 3 – 02 22:58 Read by Graham Williams
Book 3 – 03 36:46 Read by Graham Williams
Book 3 – 04 20:45 Read by Graham Williams
Book 3 – 05 15:21 Read by Katy Preston
Book 3 – 06 19:25 Read by Graham Williams
Book 3 – 07 35:39 Read by Graham Williams
Book 3 – 08 19:04 Read by Graham Williams
Book 4 – 01 18:05 Read by Graham Williams
Book 4 – 02 26:55 Read by Graham Williams
Book 4 – 03 33:04 Read by Graham Williams
Book 4 – 04 19:51 Read by Graham Williams
Book 4 – 05 12:49 Read by Graham Williams
Book 4 – 06 27:05 Read by Graham Williams
Book 4 – 07 20:50 Read by Graham Williams
Book 4 – 08 21:35 Read by Graham Williams
Book 5 – 01 21:24 Read by Graham Williams
Book 5 – 02 25:20 Read by Graham Williams
Book 5 – 03 21:30 Read by Graham Williams
Book 5 – 04 13:40 Read by Graham Williams
Book 5 – 05 17:55 Read by Graham Williams
Book 5 – 06 18:03 Read by Graham Williams
Book 5 – 07 23:10 Read by Graham Williams
Book 5 – 08 26:04 Read by Graham Williams
Book 5 – 09 28:49 Read by Marlo Dianne
Book 6 – 01 23:11 Read by Gesine
Book 6 – 02 8:34 Read by Graham Williams
Book 6 – 03 14:22 Read by Graham Williams
Book 6 – 04 25:13 Read by Marlo Dianne

Reviews

(5 stars)

Very good book. Readers are good also.

(4 stars)

Another well-written story with Hardy's usual attention to fine details that bring that era in English countryside to life. Not the best readers from LibriVox but understandable at least and understand that they are volunteers so I appreciate their willingness to do that.