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Francine Levitov
Sound Commentary, October 2010

Hardy’s classic tells the tale of Michael Henchard, a good but fatally flawed young man whose circumstances improve as he grows old but not his character, which ultimately becomes his undoing. As in all of Hardy’s novels what goes around, comes around, and the tragedy that inevitably befalls Henchard is prefigured early. Nothing in a Hardy novel is extraneous, and the plot meshes and synchronizes like an expensive timepiece, catching Henchard in its gears.

Anton Lesser is a classically trained actor and a veteran audiobook performer capable of fully differentiating his characters with the very best of them. The role of Henchard is a tricky one, however. Readers want to like him then find they can’t. They want to dislike him, and they find they cannot do that either...however, it is both entertaining and completely engrossing.

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