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Far From the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

1. Preface
2. Chapter 01
3. Chapter 02
4. Chapter 03
5. Chapter 04
6. Chapter 05
7. Chapter 06
8. Chapter 07
9. Chapter 08
10. Chapter 09
11. Chapter 10
12. Chapter 11
13. Chapter 12
14. Chapter 13
15. Chapter 14
16. Chapter 15
17. Chapter 16
18. Chapter 17
19. Chapter 18
20. Chapter 19
21. Chapter 20
22. Chapter 21
23. Chapter 22
24. Chapter 23
25. Chapter 24
26. Chapter 25
27. Chapter 26
28. Chapter 27
29. Chapter 28
30. Chapter 29
31. Chapter 30
32. Chapter 31
33. Chapter 32
34. Chapter 33
35. Chapter 34
36. Chapter 35
37. Chapter 36
38. Chapter 37
39. Chapter 38
40. Chapter 39
41. Chapter 40
42. Chapter 41
43. Chapter 42
44. Chapter 43
45. Chapter 44
46. Chapter 45
47. Chapter 46
48. Chapter 47
49. Chapter 48
50. Chapter 49
51. Chapter 50
52. Chapter 51
53. Chapter 52
54. Chapter 53
55. Chapter 54
56. Chapter 55
57. Chapter 56
58. Chapter 57

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This story opens with a lovely, poor and proud young woman who lives with her aunt. The young woman saves the life of a farmer who subsequently falls in love with her. However, the young woman inherits a fortune and moves away. On the flip side the farmer loses everything he has and travels around the country seeking employment. One evening the farmer helps to put out a blazing fire in a lonely farm. When the veiled owner comes out to thank him, he discovers that she is none other than the beautiful woman who once rejected him and moved away. Thomas Hardy was brought up in rural Dorset and was the son of a humble stonemason. He suffered from life long ill health and was schooled at home till he was sixteen. He then trained to be an architect and began writing poetry. He wrote his first novel The Poor Man and The Lady in 1867 but met with little success. Hardy destroyed the manuscript and worked on two others which were published but anonymously. In 1873, he published A Pair of Blue Eyes, to which he put his own name and this book was relatively more successful. In fact the term, “cliff-hanger” which refers to stories in which the reader is left in suspense till the next chapter originated with the book which originally appeared in serial form in a magazine. Far From the Madding Crowd was Hardy's fourth novel and gave him his first taste of literary and commercial success. It also laid the foundation for several themes that Hardy would continue to use. The concept of Wessex itself was an important Hardy motif in which he contrasts the rural setting against a rapidly industrializing urban England. In many of his novels, his characters are unable to stem the flow of events. The effects of overwhelming passion, women's rights, society's constraints and demands which clash with individual wants and desires, are some of the themes explored in his work. The beautiful and proud Bathsheba Everdene, Gabriel Oak, the man who loves her, the rich, lonely and strait laced William Boldwood, the dashing and debonair Sergeant Troy, the tragic Fanny Robin are all memorable characters who make Far From the Madding Crowd an absorbing and thought provoking read.



- Narrator

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. What a stunning Narrator Tadhg Haynes is, even if I had read it to myself I could not have brought this excellent Thomas Hardy book to life in the way it was read. Thank you so much. What a joy it has been, and a companion when driving open roads to visit family a few hours away.


- far from madding croud

Good book it made you read until the end, good narrated. It was a drama/love triangle (1 independent woman and 3 men (one had genuine love with caring and scarifying who was the winner at the end, one with possessive n control love and the other was an opportunist, a lot of turmoil but happy ending. I enjoyed listening to this book.. this was the 2nd of Thomas Hardy. Thank you to the reader and the provider.


Very well read. I enjoyed this. Thank you.

Sneha Singh

- Classic read with superb narration

Narrator did a really good job in capturing the essence of the novel. I absolutely loved it.


- Reader

The reader for this is fabulous.

Chrisgtie P

- Tremendous

Beautifully read. Hardy writes a mean romance. Wonderful narration by Tadhg Hynes. What a wonderful discovery. I'm off to search out his other narrated titles.

Sukanta Kar

- Thomas is best

Thomas Hardy is my favorite writer and his work in the novel Tess D'Urberville is superb.


My favorite Thomas Hardy novel. Really great narration by T. Hynes.


- Incredible narration

What a fantastic reader!! Doing Hardy the justice he deserves. Thank you!