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Rachel Redford
The Oldie, September 2012

…these eight tales…have a timeless, mythic quality, enhanced by Neville Jason’s subtle narration. Only Hardy can sweep from skies and ancient heathland to focus on something minutely observed, such as the weal left by the hangman’s noose ‘like an unripe blackberry’—and his empathy with women is remarkable. © 2012 The Oldie

Publishers Weekly, August 2012

Originally published in 1888, Hardy’s classic collection of short tales set in early-19th-century Southwest England—examines the lives of everyday folk, many of whom go through otherworldly occurrences. Neville Jason deftly narrates this audio edition. With only minor shifts in tone, Jason lends each character a distinct voice that is easily recognizable to listeners. Additionally, Jason’s narration possesses an eloquence that will delight listeners and transport them to another time and place where the magical was indeed possible. While the book’s language may seem dated to some listeners, Jason does his best to incorporate a slightly modern approach into his performance, and this brings a sense of immediacy to the stories. An enjoyable listen from start to finish and a must for Hardy fans. © 2012 Publishers Weekly

Susan G. Baird
AudioFile, August 2012

Narrator Neville Jason beautifully conveys the rich descriptions of people and place, including regional and historical speech patterns and characters of varying ages and stations. In one standout story, a married woman falls in love with a poet she’s never met, a situation that ends in a double tragedy. In another story, the celebration of a baby’s birth is so well rendered that listeners will feel they’re there. © 2012 AudioFile

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