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HARDY, T.: Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Abridged)


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HARDY, T.: Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Abridged)

Socially critical and emotionally complex, Tess of the D’Urbervilles is Hardy’s masterpiece. It tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, forced by her family’s poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles. Violated by the son Alec; her hopes of rebuilding her life with the gentle and bookish Angel Clare founder when he learns of her past. Set among the lush pastures and bleak uplands of Hardy’s imagined Wessex, and filled with unforgettable images of tenderness and tragedy, the story examines conventional morality through Tess herself: one of the best-loved characters in English literature. Sensitively read by Imogen Stubbs.

Disc 1

  Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Abridged)
1.   On an evening in the latter part of May… 00:04:17
2.   The village of Marlott… 00:05:11
3.   As for Tess Durbeyfield… 00:04:46
4.   Her mother at length agreed to this arrangement… 00:03:45
5.   The haggling business… 00:04:26
6.   He had an almost swarthy complexion… 00:07:22
7.   As the moment for the girl's setting out drew nigh… 00:05:43
8.   The chief pleasure in Trantridge… 00:06:26
9.   She was silent… 00:08:12
10.   It was a Sunday morning in late October… 00:04:38
11.   It was a hazy sunrise in August… 00:06:27
12.   On a thyme - scented, bird - hatching morning… 00:05:07
13.   When the milking was finished… 00:06:44
14.   Tess had never in her recent life been so happy… 00:06:17

Disc 2

  Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Abridged)
1.   Clare, restless, went out into the dusk… 00:03:14
2.   It was not till that evening… 00:06:43
3.   An up - hill and down - dale ride… 00:04:43
4.   Her refusal, though unexpected… 00:04:04
5.   'Now, who mid ye think I’ve heard news o' this morn…' 00:05:40
6.   One afternoon several of the dairyman's household… 00:03:58
7.   She mounted again beside her lover… 00:05:05
8.   Tess wrote a most touching and urgent letter… 00:05:57
9.   They gently led her back… 00:05:55
10.   Angel felt that he would like to spend a day… 00:04:31
11.   New Year's Eve broke - the wedding - day. 00:04:39
12.   They drove by the level road… 00:06:13
13.   Her narrative ended… 00:03:50
14.   'Tess, am I to believe this' 00:05:17
15.   Midnight came and passed silently… 00:06:51

Disc 3

  Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Abridged)
1.   It was three weeks after the marriage… 00:07:41
2.   More than eight months subsequent… 00:04:52
3.   The solitude was at last broken… 00:05:23
4.   He looked sullenly at her… 00:06:40
5.   The moment that she moved… 00:07:13
6.   'The fact is,' said d'Urberville drily… 00:06:51
7.   He did not accompany her further… 00:07:09
8.   At length it was the eve… 00:05:52
9.   It was evening at Emminster Vicarage. 00:07:55
10.   Broken in heart and numbed… 00:08:12
11.   Their long repose at the manor - house… 00:06:08
12.   The city of Wintoncester… 00:05:14

Total Playing Time: 03:55:11

Hardy, Thomas

Stubbs, Imogen

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Catalogue No: NA392812

Barcode: 9789626349281

Physical Release: 10/2008

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