Tess of the d'Urbervilles (version 2)


Read by Alisson Veldhuis

(4.7 stars; 56 reviews)

Tess of the d'Urbervilles subtitled, "A Pure Woman," is the story of a young working woman named Tess Durbeyfield who is sent by her father to visit wealthy relatives. Her encounter with Alec d'Urberville changes her life forever, and brings about a doom that no one could have foreseen. (Summary by Alisson Veldhuis)

Files edited by TriciaG & Cody Russell (15 hr 22 min)

Chapters

Phase I: The Maiden, Chapter 1 11:15 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase I: The Maiden, Chapter 2 16:31 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase I: The Maiden, Chapter 3 15:06 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase I: The Maiden, Chapter 4 28:29 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase I: The Maiden, Chapter 5 23:15 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase I: The Maiden, Chapter 6 11:30 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase I: The Maiden, Chapter 7 10:26 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase I: The Maiden, Chapter 8 10:17 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase I: The Maiden, Chapter 9 13:32 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase I: The Maiden, Chapter 10 20:30 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase I: The Maiden, Chapter 11 13:43 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase II: Maiden No More, Chapter 12 19:18 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase II: Maiden No More, Chapter 13 8:22 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase II: Maiden No More, Chapter 14 29:48 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase II: Maiden No More, Chapter 15 7:00 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase III: The Rally, Chapter 16 14:25 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase III: The Rally, Chapter 17 18:25 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase III: The Rally, Chapter 18 18:16 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase III: The Rally, Chapter 19 17:20 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase III: The Rally, Chapter 20 9:09 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase III: The Rally, Chapter 21 13:02 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase III: The Rally, Chapter 22 6:37 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase III: The Rally, Chapter 23 15:35 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase III: The Rally, Chapter 24 9:17 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase IV: The Consequence, Chapter 25 22:02 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase IV: The Consequence, Chapter 26 14:26 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase IV: The Consequence, Chapter 27 13:47 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase IV: The Consequence, Chapter 28 11:24 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase IV: The Consequence, Chapter 29 12:42 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase IV: The Consequence, Chapter 30 15:12 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase IV: The Consequence, Chapter 31 20:46 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase IV: The Consequence, Chapter 32 15:00 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase IV: The Consequence, Chapter 33 22:08 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase IV: The Consequence, Chapter 34 22:28 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase V: The Woman Pays, Chapter 35 20:43 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase V: The Woman Pays, Chapter 36 24:19 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase V: The Woman Pays, Chapter 37 19:24 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase V: The Woman Pays, Chapter 38 10:50 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase V: The Woman Pays, Chapter 39 14:27 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase V: The Woman Pays, Chapter 40 14:44 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase V: The Woman Pays, Chapter 41 16:52 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase V: The Woman Pays, Chapter 42 11:38 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase V: The Woman Pays, Chapter 43 23:30 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase V: The Woman Pays, Chapter 44 21:18 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VI: The Convert, Chapter 45 20:04 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VI: The Convert, Chapter 46 24:03 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VI: The Convert, Chapter 47 18:24 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VI: The Convert, Chapter 48 13:11 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VI: The Convert, Chapter 49 16:13 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VI: The Convert, Chapter 50 15:27 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VI: The Convert, Chapter 51 16:13 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VI: The Convert, Chapter 52 16:20 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VII: Fulfilment, Chapter 53 10:12 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VII: Fulfilment, Chapter 54 9:18 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VII: Fulfilment, Chapter 55 9:49 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VII: Fulfilment, Chapter 56 9:07 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VII: Fulfilment, Chapter 57 13:03 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VII: Fulfilment, Chapter 58 16:59 Read by Alisson Veldhuis
Phase VII: Fulfilment, Chapter 59 5:26 Read by Alisson Veldhuis

Reviews

Made My Heart Hurt


(5 stars)

I chose a female reader since the story is about a woman. I was not disappointed. The somber, sad tone of the Readers voice lent well to the sadness and despair that makes up most of this story. Tess knew very little hapiness in her short life and had no man or woman to stand up for her against the evil one. After all of that suffering, the ending of the story about broke my heart.

A talent like Alisson Veldhuis deserves better production support


(5 stars)

I have listened to the other two readings, and while they are of better technical quality they are not as engaging Veldhuis's version. It is a shame that this video sounds like it was recorded into a muffled mic in the middle of a classroom. I am a tech idiot, but i am sure there are others who could help out this talented reader. btw, Alisson if you are on a deadline and voice starts getting gravely, try a weak tea, with lots of honey and lemon juice. drink this combination as much as you like. It works well for laryngitis or sore throat for me. Also if you are tired take a break and begin reading again in a few hours or next day. I noticed your wonderful voice started becoming gravely after awhile. If you have a deadline just drink stronger tea, along with honey and lemon juice of course. :-) beautiful, from pre raphaelite painting, cover art dahszil male usa


(5 stars)

Alison Veldhuis is the hero of this narrative. Her reading and accents add interest to this unrelentingly dull and outdated tale. Hardy, I see, has been challenged on his attitude to women though his perspective is described as a dissertation on Victorian patriarchy. However, no one in this novel exhibits any virtue and I don't accept any period deserves such a disparaging review on humanity. Beautifully read but do yourself a favour and save yourself a kicking.

Great reader despite poor audio


(5 stars)

Wonderful reader. Brings the story to life. I wish she had a better microphone. As far as the book itself goes, I see why it's a classic but it's a terrible book. Don't waste your emotion. You can learn the lessons it teaches from plenty of other books which are more inspiring. If you're truly a masochist then have at it.

Response to dahszil


(0 stars)

I do assure you that we spend a lot of time helping readers obtain the best audio quality from the equipment they have available. Unfortunately it is just a fact that some mics and computers yield much better audio quality than others; and some readers do not accept our suggestions. Tricia

Great reading!


(5 stars)

Thanks a lot for this. It has been v much helpful . Alisson Veldhuis is a great reader! I'm from India where chastity is a must for a girl. Conservative people with such prejudices must read this novel to be educated and westernised by their thoughts.

Not my favorite


(3 stars)

For all it's fame, this wasn't my favorite Hardy. In the end it seemed so depressing and pointless. I suppose the pointless was the point. Hardy's writing was excellent as was the reading.


(5 stars)

Young people who believe in chastity before marriage - yes, there are still such in Western societies should read this book to better Teunderstand themselves and the opposite sex.