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HARDY, T.: Wessex Tales (Unabridged)

Wessex Tales, a collection of short stories including The Three Strangers, The Withered Arm and The Distracted Preacher, deal with a number of timeless themes seen so often in Hardy’s work, including marriage, class, revenge and disappointed love. Many of the tales have a supernatural tinge, and all are set around Hardy’s much loved homeland.



Disc 1

  Wessex Tales (Unabridged)
1.   Preface 00:04:04
2.   An Imaginative Woman 00:07:51
3.   The Marchmill family accordingly took possession of the house… 00:07:06
4.   She thoughtfully rose from her chair… 00:06:37
5.   One day the children had been playing hide - and - seek… 00:07:27
6.   Just then a telegram was brought up. 00:05:31
7.   While she was dreaming the minutes away thus… 00:06:10
8.   On Saturday morning the remaining members… 00:05:30
9.   It was about five in the afternoon when she heard a ring… 00:04:36
10.   The painter had been gone only a day or two… 00:04:39
11.   She wrote to the landlady at Solentsea… 00:06:26
12.   The months passed… 00:05:12
13.   The Three Strangers 00:07:58


Disc 2

  Wessex Tales (Unabridged)
1.   The fiddler was a boy of those parts… 00:05:57
2.   At last the notes of the serpent ceased… 00:06:19
3.   Meanwhile the general body of guests had been taking… 00:05:13
4.   Now the old mead of those days… 00:05:21
5.   No observation being offered by anybody… 00:06:13
6.   All this time the third stranger had been standing… 00:05:31
7.   Thus aroused, the men prepared to give chase. 00:08:01
8.   It was eleven o'clock by the time they arrived. 00:07:57
9.   The Withered Arm Chapter 1: A Lorn Milkmaid 00:05:22
10.   Chapter 2: The Young Wife 00:08:55
11.   Chapter 3: A Vision 00:06:13
12.   At these proofs of a kindly feeling towards her… 00:03:52
13.   Chapter 4: A Suggestion 00:04:34


Disc 3

  Wessex Tales (Unabridged)
1.   She mused on the matter the greater part of the night… 00:04:42
2.   Chapter 5: Conjuror Trendle 00:06:53
3.   Chapter 6: A Second Attempt 00:06:47
4.   Chapter 7: A Ride 00:07:27
5.   And then the pretty palpitating Gertrude Lodge… 00:05:02
6.   Chapter 8: A Waterside Hermit 00:07:30
7.   Chapter 9: A Rencounter 00:08:06
8.   Fellow Townsmen Chapter 1 00:05:26
9.   Talking thus they drove into the town. 00:06:14
10.   Chapter 2 00:06:39
11.   They both remained standing for a few seconds… 00:05:43
12.   She had remained standing till now… 00:07:49


Disc 4

  Wessex Tales (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 3 00:06:34
2.   Chapter 4 00:08:52
3.   Chapter 5 00:06:01
4.   After that he went back to the bedroom… 00:08:24
5.   Chapter 6 00:08:42
6.   The tone of her latter words was equivocal… 00:06:08
7.   Chapter 7 00:06:07
8.   Barnet's life at this period was singularly lonely… 00:05:17
9.   Chapter 8 00:04:50
10.   Barnet took the first letter… 00:07:46
11.   Impulse in all its forms characterised Barnet… 00:07:41
12.   Chapter 9 00:03:05


Disc 5

  Wessex Tales (Unabridged)
1.   The barmaid sighed again, and raised one of her hands… 00:05:46
2.   The newly - arrived gentleman went back to the hotel… 00:06:01
3.   She gave him her hand and then they sat down. 00:08:07
4.   She watched him safely through the gate… 00:04:50
5.   Interlopers at the Knap Chapter 1 00:05:09
6.   They were travelling in a direction… 00:06:37
7.   Chapter 2 00:05:46
8.   The footfall ceased, and they arose… 00:06:57
9.   His mother gazed upon him in grieved suspense… 00:07:19
10.   Chapter 3 00:06:26
11.   The general conversation thus begun… 00:07:26
12.   The heart of Darton was subject to sudden overflowings. 00:06:54
13.   Chapter 4 00:02:07


Disc 6

  Wessex Tales (Unabridged)
1.   When the Christmas holidays came… 00:07:08
2.   As this child learnt to walk and talk… 00:03:53
3.   Chapter 5 00:07:12
4.   He waited and waited to hear from Johns… 00:04:54
5.   Anniversaries having been unpropitious… 00:04:30
6.   The Distracted Preacher Chapter 1: How His Cold Was Cured 00:05:48
7.   Stockdale sat down… 00:07:42
8.   When they were laid open… 00:07:16
9.   Stockdale sat in the deep chair… 00:05:28
10.   Next day he had better fortune… 00:04:07
11.   Chapter 2: How He Saw Two Other Men 00:06:22
12.   Chapter 3: The Mysterious Greatcoat 00:06:30
13.   Stockdale went into his room and lay down as before. 00:08:38


Disc 7

  Wessex Tales (Unabridged)
1.   One morning, on looking from his window… 00:03:05
2.   Chapter 4: At the Time of the New Moon 00:05:40
3.   Lizzie soon ascended a small mound… 00:04:37
4.   Stockdale went forward and said at once… 00:07:14
5.   Chapter 5: How They Went to Lulstead Cove 00:05:54
6.   The hired carriers paced along over Chaldon Down… 00:06:33
7.   While Owlett thus conversed… 00:07:26
8.   Chapter 6: The Great Search at Nether - Moynton 00:06:19
9.   By this time not a male villager was to be seen… 00:07:37
10.   The smugglers remained in a blank silence… 00:05:47
11.   Chapter 7: The Walk to Warm'ell Cross and Afterwards 00:05:33
12.   'Well, Lizzie,' said Stockdale… 00:06:06
13.   The road was lonely, and after nightfall… 00:07:37


Disc 8

  Wessex Tales (Unabridged)
1.   Stockdale was leaning with his elbow on the mantelpiece… 00:05:37
2.   One day, two years after the parting… 00:04:45
3.   A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four 00:07:14
4.   'The flocks my father had charge of…' 00:05:55
5.   'All this time I had not waked Uncle Job…' 00:06:22
6.   The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion Chapter 1 00:03:33
7.   It all began with the arrival of the York Hussars… 00:06:41
8.   Chapter 2 00:07:48
9.   Chapter 3 00:05:38
10.   The next time that she saw him… 00:06:28
11.   Chapter 4 00:04:42
12.   Phyllis had thus braced herself… 00:04:39
13.   Chapter 5 00:05:03
14.   On the open green stretching before her… 00:05:01

Total Playing Time: 10:34:07






Author(s):
Hardy, Thomas

Reader(s):
Jason, Neville

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Catalogue No: NA0085

Barcode: 9781843795834

Physical Release: 06/2012

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