Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas HARDY (1840 - 1928)

Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and offers in ample measure the details of English rural life that Hardy so relished. Hardy's growing taste for tragedy is also evident in the novel. It first appeared, anonymously, as a monthly magazine serial, where it gained a wide readership and critical acclaim. According to Virginia Woolf, "The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective man, the man of learning, all enlisted to produce a book which . . . must hold its place among the great English novels." The book is often regarded as an early piece of feminist literature, since it features an independent woman with the courage to defy convention by running a farm herself. Although Bathsheba's passionate nature leads her into serious errors of judgment, Hardy endows her with sufficient resilience, intelligence, and good luck to overcome her youthful folly.

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Description of Farmer Oak--An Incident Lee Ann Howlett
00:11:23
Play 02 02 - Night--The Flock--An Interior--Another Interior Simon Evers
00:19:35
Play 03 03 - A Girl on Horseback--Conversation Simon Evers
00:18:58
Play 04 04 - Gabriel's Resolve--The Visit--The Mistake Patti Brugman
00:20:25
Play 05 05 - Departure of Bathsheba--A Pastoral Tragedy Patti Brugman
00:11:38
Play 06 06 - The Fair--The Journey--The Fire Lee Ann Howlett
00:19:46
Play 07 07 - Recognition--A Timid Girl Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:09:18
Play 08 08 - The Malthouse--The Chat--News Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:48:45
Play 09 09 - The Homestead--A Visitor--Half-Confidences Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:15:10
Play 10 10 - Mistress and Men Simon Evers
00:13:29
Play 11 11 - Outside the Barracks--Snow--A Meeting Simon Evers
00:11:57
Play 12 12 - Farmers--A Rule--An Exception Lee Ann Howlett
00:10:11
Play 13 13 - Sortes Sanctorum--The Valentine Lee Ann Howlett
00:08:45
Play 14 14 - Effect of the Letter--Sunrise Simon Evers
00:10:07
Play 15 15 - A Morning Meeting--The Letter Again Simon Evers
00:22:55
Play 16 16 - All Saints' and All Souls' Simon Evers
00:06:58
Play 17 17 - In the Market-Place Lee Ann Howlett
00:05:39
Play 18 18 - Boldwood in Meditation--Regret Lee Ann Howlett
00:10:05
Play 19 19 - The Sheep-Washing--The Offer Lee Ann Howlett
00:12:27
Play 20 20 - Perplexity--Grinding the Shears--A Quarrel Lee Ann Howlett
00:12:46
Play 21 21 - Troubles in the Fold--A Message E. Plein
00:12:38
Play 22 22 - The Great Barn and the Sheep-Shearers E. Plein
00:21:13
Play 23 23 - Eventide--A Second Declaration Lee Ann Howlett
00:13:50
Play 24 24 - The Same Night--The Fir Plantation Lee Ann Howlett
00:13:20
Play 25 25 - The New Acquaintance Described Lee Ann Howlett
00:07:45
Play 26 26 - Scene on the Verge of the Hay-Mead Lee Ann Howlett
00:18:30
Play 27 27 - Hiving the Bees hefyd
00:07:21
Play 28 28 - The Hollow Amid the Ferns hefyd
00:12:33
Play 29 29 - Particulars of a Twilight Walk hefyd
00:16:42
Play 30 30 - Hot Cheeks and Tearful Eyes hefyd
00:10:31
Play 31 31 - Blame--Fury hefyd
00:19:41
Play 32 32 - Night--Horses Tramping Tracey Norman
00:19:32
Play 33 33 - In the Sun--A Harbinger J. M. Smallheer
00:14:27
Play 34 34 - Home Again--A Trickster Lee Ann Howlett
00:19:51
Play 35 35 - At an Upper Window Lee Ann Howlett
00:08:05
Play 36 36 - Wealth in Jeopardy--The Revel Lee Ann Howlett
00:17:52
Play 37 37 - The Storm--The Two Together Lee Ann Howlett
00:15:04
Play 38 38 - Rain--One Solitary Meets Another Sarah Jennings
00:07:40
Play 39 39 - Coming Home--A Cry Lee Ann Howlett
00:08:16
Play 40 40 - On Casterbridge Highway Simon Evers
00:17:53
Play 41 41 - Suspicion--Fanny Is Sent For Simon Evers
00:22:27
Play 42 42 - Joseph and His Burden--Buck's Head Simon Evers
00:25:12
Play 43 43 - Fanny's Revenge Lee Ann Howlett
00:21:02
Play 44 44 - Under a Tree--Reaction Lee Ann Howlett
00:15:11
Play 45 45 - Troy's Romanticism Lee Ann Howlett
00:09:55
Play 46 46 - The Gurgoyle: Its Doings J. M. Smallheer
00:15:27
Play 47 47 - Adventures by the Shore George Deprez, PhD
00:08:09
Play 48 48 - Doubts Arise--Doubts Linger Simon Evers
00:12:34
Play 49 49 - Oak's Advancement--A Great Hope Simon Evers
00:13:01
Play 50 50 - The Sheep Fair--Troy Touches His Wife's Hand Simon Evers
00:33:53
Play 51 51 - Bathsheba Talks with Her Outrider John Lieder
00:20:05
Play 52 52 - Converging Courses Simon Evers
00:22:15
Play 53 53 - Concurritur--Horae Momento Simon Evers
00:25:14
Play 54 54 - After the Shock Simon Evers
00:10:44
Play 55 55 - The March Following--"Bathsheba Boldwood" Simon Evers
00:10:50
Play 56 56 - Beauty in Loneliness--After All Lee Ann Howlett
00:19:25
Play 57 57 - A Foggy Night and Morning--Conclusion Lee Ann Howlett
00:11:50