The Woodlanders (version 2)


Read by Tadhg

(4.7 stars; 127 reviews)

The Woodlanders is one of Hardy's later novels, although he originally intended it as a successor to Far From The Madding Crowd. It concerns the life and loves of Giles Winterborne, Grace Melbury, Edred Fitzpiers, Felice Charmond and Marty South. The topics of class, fidelity and loyalty are dealt with in Hardy's exquisite style and set in the beautiful woodlands of Hintock (T.Hynes)

(13 hr 26 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 11:39 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 02 13:15 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 03 18:08 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 04 24:47 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 05 16:31 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 06 20:58 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 07 15:09 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 08 19:38 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 09 16:52 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 10 13:06 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 11 11:23 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 12 12:10 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 13 19:15 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 14 11:51 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 15 17:47 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 16 17:27 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 17 15:09 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 18 14:30 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 19 23:37 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 20 16:22 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 21 6:45 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 22 14:15 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 23 13:51 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 24 17:52 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 25 24:21 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 26 16:12 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 27 18:53 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 28 16:01 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 29 17:41 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 30 16:53 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 31 11:45 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 32 11:44 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 33 22:20 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 34 17:20 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 35 21:44 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 36 11:49 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 37 15:48 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 38 22:27 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 39 18:24 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 40 15:31 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 41 19:41 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 42 18:53 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 43 21:45 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 44 11:51 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 45 20:41 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 46 16:03 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 47 20:07 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 48 16:28 Read by Tadhg

Reviews

Tadhg Fan

(5 stars)

Tadhg has recorded several Hardy novels and has done a fantastic job on all of them. He's not British? I'm no expert on British accents, but I could have sworn he was.

Classic Hardy beautifully read

(5 stars)

There is a Thomas Hardy poem that says 'Well, world, you have kept faith with me, kept faith with me; upon the whole you have proved to be much as you said you were.' The Woodlanders keeps faith with Hardy and is all you might expect from a Hardy novel: evocative, sad, the characters driven by forces they don't seem to understand or be able to resist and all of it rooted in the natural world of Hardy's Wessex. It deals with the suffocation of social expectation and, like so many of Hardy's novels, addresses some of the injustices facing women at the time. Although not so tragic as Tess or Jude it presents no neat ending - Hardy does not deal in happily ever afters very often! the reader is excellent. He is Irish (from Dublin I believe?) and although he does not have the accent of Hardy's Wessex (West country English) his voice, as always, is beautiful, his reading flowing and his skill consummate! thank you!

Very enjoyable

(5 stars)

I am a great admirer of Thomas Hardy's novels, but I had never gotten around to reading this one, which was his personal favorite. This recording, by Tadgh Hynes, is the better of the two offered by Librivox. Hynes is the reader throughout, and I prefer having a single reader for a novel that is about time, place, and atmosphere as well as character and plot. He is not British, but his voice is very congenial to the narrative, and I found the entire reading to be compelling and satisfying. Highly recommended.

good story, great reading

(4.5 stars)

definitely held my interest, but if you're looking for a classic happy ending don't look here! Hardy is a great writer but he's all about the bittersweet and melancholy. Tadhg is an excellent reader!

loved it

(5 stars)

love Thomas Hardy although at times his stories are desperately sad. And you cannot beat this reader he is well I won't say is my absolute favorite I have about 3 but he's right up there!

Long but Good (Typical TH)

(4 stars)

Hardy uses too many words but does keep story moving along. He involves many character story lines but always ties up loose ends. I always wonder how he does that! excellent reader.

Raves for Tadgh

(5 stars)

I have never been disappointed with any of Thomas Hardy's novels...this one is one of my favorites and the narration is a 5 star plus....I love Tadgh's narrations of the classics...he is the best...

excellent reader

(5 stars)

Lovely mellow yarn by Hardy brought to life by the lilting tones of Tadgh. To have finished listening to this book feels like Losing a dear friend. Most enjoyable with many thanks to the reader.