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"Tess of the D'Urbervilles is generally regarded as Hardy's finest novel. A brilliant tale of seduction, love, betrayal, and murder, Tess of the D'Ubervilles yields to narrative convention by punishing Tess's sin, but boldly exposes this standard denouement of unforgiving morality as cruelly unjust. Throughout, Hardy's most lyrical and atmospheric language frames his shattering narrative." (The Literature Network)

あらすじ・解説

Thomas Hardy, never one to be conventional, took a very unconventional moral stance in this novel, which shocked Victorian readers. In doing so, he created one of the great romantic novels of all time, the story of a striking and tragic character who came to life for the reader as she did for the author: "I have not been able to put on paper all that she is or was, to me," Hardy wrote. With this work, he not only produced a harrowing novel of seduction and abandonment, he also created his most memorable heroine.
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Audible制作部より

A novel that caused an outrage in Victorian society when it was first published, Tess of the D'Urbervilles condemns hypocritical social mores as unjust and cruel, especially to women. Simple country girl Tess Durbeyfield is victimized not just by a false kinsman, who rapes and impregnates her, but also by the double standards of society, which cause her to be abandoned and rejected even by the man she loves. Narrator Jill Masters gives a fluid performance, using her refined voice to express Tess' despair with great sympathy and realism. Masters handles Tess' fate with delicacy, never wallowing in pathos, and takes the story to its tragic end with solemn grace.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew
  • 2010/03/18

Clearly one of the Great Books and very well read.

Jill Masters brings Hardy's masterpiece to life although the technical quality could stand some improvement. Her treatment of Tess is remarkable and I am grateful to Audible for making this experience possible.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Eddie
  • 2007/07/04

excellent novel and reading

This novel and reading was wonderful. The book was new to me and an unexpected treasure. I must disagree with the previous reviewer, who abhorred the narration. I thoroughly enjoyed the narration and thought that it well captured the haunting sorrow that pervaded the book.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • beatrice
  • 2012/01/05

beautiful writing, beautiful narration

Everyone says this book is "so sad"...and it is...but I didn't realize it would also be so disquieting, and so beautiful. Jill Masters' narration has the depth and complexity to do Tess justice, and her ravishing voice is perfect for the character. I regret that the recording itself sounds old and funky, but I'd listen to Jill Masters read underwater--she's got the goods.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ariana
  • 2014/07/12

Absolutely love Tess!

Where does Tess of the D'Urbervilles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best!

What other book might you compare Tess of the D'Urbervilles to and why?

Tess is a classic novel for a reason, it is an amazing story and Hardy is a beautiful writer.

Which scene was your favorite?

Absolutely too many to list, his imagery is spectacular!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • katie
  • 2017/04/16

Great

The audio gets a little staticky at times but other than that a really great book

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • E.M.
  • 2019/06/25

Great book

Audio messes up every so often however it did not create gaps in the story or anything like that. Very good book I had a hard time pausing.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • RM
  • 2018/12/06

Terrible sound quality - buy another version!

This version of the spectacular novel by Hardy was an assault on the ears. While the reader was pleasant, the recording was made at both very low recording levels with an oversaturation of someone yelling into a handheld cassette recorder, making the entire experience highly unenjoyable. I only learned this too late for a return. Please listener do not make this mistake. There are better versions to buy.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Garret
  • 2007/06/08

Recording is bad

I listened to the Mayor of Casterbridge and loved it. The novel was excellent, and the reader read the characters very well. This, on the other hand, has butchered Hardy's work. It is one of the most blandly and poorly recorded audio books I have ever listened to. I know because I am barely able to keep my attention on the recording. She reads as though she's watching the plotline through frosted glass and can only see vague shadows. She reads all the characters virtually the same. Plus the audio track is all over the place. Sometimes echoing, sometimes blurry. It is as if someone used a tape recorder in their living room to do this. I know this book is good! My remarks have nothing to do with the novel. I want to turn this back in and get the other unabridged version.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Siren
  • 2011/04/21

Not a quality recording

While I would recommend this book, I would suggest you download one of the other recordings. There are too many peaks and inconsistencies in the audio. In a few scenes you can tell the narrator went back and rerecorded the script, and it was edited back in with no regard to the older audio's sound level or her reading pace. In other scenes there is a slight echo, which is very distracting, and enough places to note where the audio skips.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Genevieve
  • 2012/08/20

good story, poor download experience

This book is a favorite classic, and I bought the audiobook to listen on a long car trip. The story is excellent, and the narrator did a fine job, but the download was not great. The story downloaded in 2 pieces, and the ending didn't play. I had high hopes for audible as a source for audiobooks, but I don't think I'll use them again because the download didn't seem to work - it does not feel like money well spent.