The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • by Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by Jenny Sterlin
  • 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the great novelists of British literature, Thomas Hardy caused quite a stir when this powerful novel was first published. Michael Henchard, down on his luck and drunk, sells his wife and child to a sailor for five guineas. As time goes by, Henchard becomes Mayor of Casterbridge—but he cannot escape the tragedy of his past.


Audible Editor Reviews

Novelist Thomas Hardy creates one of the most fully realized characters of literature in the figure of Michael Henchard, the mayor of Casterbridge. "Selling" his wife and child while intoxicated at a county fair, Henchard sets in motion a series of events depicting the turns of fate that fill these lives with bittersweet irony. Showing extraordinary vocal range and emotional truth to dozens of complex characters is acclaimed British actress Jenny Sterlin. Listeners are treated to heartbreaking reversals of fate and accents portrayed with talent and professionalism.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Utterly Fantastic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This book has a great storyline with many twists and turns. The story is completely absorbing from start to finish.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael Henchard (the Mayor). What an accurate representation of the duality of man. He is always at war with himself. A complex character, hated one minute, respected the next.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Skimmington Rites. I felt as if I had been present at this awful event.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A Journey Into The Dual Nature Of Man

Any additional comments?

Jenny Sterlin did a fabulous job narrating this book. She brought the characters to life, especially Donald Farfray and Henchard. I'm looking forward to listening to more of her work.

This book was gripping, I loved it.

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- Lesley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-09-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books