Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers 1998
CD ISBN 978-0-7927-7087-9 $49.95 Twelve CDs
DD ISBN 9780792770886 $29.95
Those who relished the recent PBS series will be happy to know that this audio version is read by Gabriel Oak himself--Nathaniel Parker. He and Thomas Hardy make a fine team. As the rustic workers bring in the harvest, or shear the sheep, or barter at the market--their lively dialogue projects pictures of nineteenth-century Wessex that are almost as vivid as the paintings of John Constable. Nathaniel Parker seems to be one of them--or all of them--as he slips naturally from one character to another, even capturing the voice of Bathsheba as she laments her disastrous marriage. It all comes together in the end as she and Gabriel prepare to live happily ever after, the only Hardy characters so blessed! J.C. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/NOV 98]
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