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Far from the Madding Crowd

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(4,441 Sterne; 34 Bewertungen)

Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and offers in ample measure the details of English rural life that Hardy so relished. Hardy's growing taste for tragedy is also evident in the novel. It first appeared, anonymously, as a monthly magazine serial, where it gained a wide readership and critical acclaim. According to Virginia Woolf, "The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective man, the man of learning, all enlisted to produce a book which . . . must hold its place among the great English novels." The book is often regarded as an early piece of feminist literature, since it features an independent woman with the courage to defy convention by running a farm herself. Although Bathsheba's passionate nature leads her into serious errors of judgment, Hardy endows her with sufficient resilience, intelligence, and good luck to overcome her youthful folly.

(14 hr 40 min)

Chapters

01 - Description of Farmer Oak--An Incident

11:23

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

02 - Night--The Flock--An Interior--Another Interior

19:35

Read by Simon Evers

03 - A Girl on Horseback--Conversation

18:58

Read by Simon Evers

04 - Gabriel's Resolve--The Visit--The Mistake

20:25

Read by Patti Brugman

05 - Departure of Bathsheba--A Pastoral Tragedy

11:38

Read by Patti Brugman

06 - The Fair--The Journey--The Fire

19:46

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

07 - Recognition--A Timid Girl

9:18

Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)

08 - The Malthouse--The Chat--News

48:45

Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)

09 - The Homestead--A Visitor--Half-Confidences

15:10

Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)

10 - Mistress and Men

13:29

Read by Simon Evers

11 - Outside the Barracks--Snow--A Meeting

11:57

Read by Simon Evers

12 - Farmers--A Rule--An Exception

10:11

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

13 - Sortes Sanctorum--The Valentine

8:45

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

14 - Effect of the Letter--Sunrise

10:07

Read by Simon Evers

15 - A Morning Meeting--The Letter Again

22:55

Read by Simon Evers

16 - All Saints' and All Souls'

6:58

Read by Simon Evers

17 - In the Market-Place

5:39

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

18 - Boldwood in Meditation--Regret

10:05

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

19 - The Sheep-Washing--The Offer

12:27

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

20 - Perplexity--Grinding the Shears--A Quarrel

12:46

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

21 - Troubles in the Fold--A Message

12:38

Read by E. Plein

22 - The Great Barn and the Sheep-Shearers

21:13

Read by E. Plein

23 - Eventide--A Second Declaration

13:50

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

24 - The Same Night--The Fir Plantation

13:20

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

25 - The New Acquaintance Described

7:45

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

26 - Scene on the Verge of the Hay-Mead

18:30

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

27 - Hiving the Bees

7:21

Read by hefyd

28 - The Hollow Amid the Ferns

12:33

Read by hefyd

29 - Particulars of a Twilight Walk

16:42

Read by hefyd

30 - Hot Cheeks and Tearful Eyes

10:31

Read by hefyd

31 - Blame--Fury

19:41

Read by hefyd

32 - Night--Horses Tramping

19:32

Read by Tracey Norman

33 - In the Sun--A Harbinger

14:27

Read by J. M. Smallheer

34 - Home Again--A Trickster

19:51

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

35 - At an Upper Window

8:05

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

36 - Wealth in Jeopardy--The Revel

17:52

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

37 - The Storm--The Two Together

15:04

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

38 - Rain--One Solitary Meets Another

7:40

Read by Sarah Jennings

39 - Coming Home--A Cry

8:16

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

40 - On Casterbridge Highway

17:53

Read by Simon Evers

41 - Suspicion--Fanny Is Sent For

22:27

Read by Simon Evers

42 - Joseph and His Burden--Buck's Head

25:12

Read by Simon Evers

43 - Fanny's Revenge

21:02

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

44 - Under a Tree--Reaction

15:11

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

45 - Troy's Romanticism

9:55

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

46 - The Gurgoyle: Its Doings

15:27

Read by J. M. Smallheer

47 - Adventures by the Shore

8:09

Read by George Deprez, PhD

48 - Doubts Arise--Doubts Linger

12:34

Read by Simon Evers

49 - Oak's Advancement--A Great Hope

13:01

Read by Simon Evers

50 - The Sheep Fair--Troy Touches His Wife's Hand

33:53

Read by Simon Evers

51 - Bathsheba Talks with Her Outrider

20:05

Read by John Lieder

52 - Converging Courses

22:15

Read by Simon Evers

53 - Concurritur--Horae Momento

25:14

Read by Simon Evers

54 - After the Shock

10:44

Read by Simon Evers

55 - The March Following--"Bathsheba Boldwood"

10:50

Read by Simon Evers

56 - Beauty in Loneliness--After All

19:25

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

57 - A Foggy Night and Morning--Conclusion

11:50

Read by Lee Ann Howlett

Bewertungen

English Lit gets out of the parlor and onto the farm

(4 Sterne)

Summary from Librivox: Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) is Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel and offers in ample measure the details of English rural life that Hardy so relished. Hardy’s growing taste for tragedy is also evident in the novel. It first appeared, anonymously, as a monthly magazine serial, where it gained a wide readership and critical acclaim. According to Virginia Woolf, “The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective man, the man of learning, all enlisted to produce a book which . . . must hold its place among the great English novels.” The book is often regarded as an early piece of feminist literature, since it features an independent woman with the courage to defy convention by running a farm herself. Although Bathsheba’s passionate nature leads her into serious errors of judgment, Hardy endows her with sufficient resilience, intelligence, and good luck to overcome her youthful folly. (summary abstracted from Wikipedia) My thoughts: It was fun to get out of the parlor and into the actual workings of an English farm. The collection of Librivox readers do a wonderful job - there were a few average readings, but most of the chapters were a joy to listen to.

Wonderful story.

(3,5 Sterne)

Wonderful story full of surprises and plot twists. Hardy's description of the pastoral scene and daily farm life is absolutely beautiful. Bathsheba's coquettish character receives fair treatment and in the end, her lessons learned lead her to the truest of loves: that of a deep and abiding friendship.

(4,5 Sterne)

Loved it , not be able to see well I am very thankful for this free reading , Thank You

Far from the Madding Crowd

(5 Sterne)

Very good book mostly well read