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Short Synopsis
A ne'er-do-well exploits his gentle daughter's beauty for social advancement in Thomas Hardy's compelling masterpiece of tragic fiction.

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Young Tess Durbeyfield attempts to restore her family's fortunes by claiming their connection with the aristocratic d'Urbervilles. But Alec d'Urberville is a rich wastrel who seduces her and makes her life miserable. When Tess meets Angel Clare, she is offered true love and happiness, but her past catches up with her and she faces an agonizing moral choice.

Thomas Hardy's indictment of society's double standards, and his depiction of Tess as "a pure woman," caused controversy in his day and has held the imagination of readers ever since. Hardy thought it his finest novel and Tess the most deeply felt character he ever created.

"Audie Award winner Simon Vance's reading is straightforward, well paced, and clear." ---Library Journal Audio Review

"From his impeccable rhythm to the wonderful variety of accents he employs throughout the book, [Simon Vance's] reading is outstanding." ---AudioFile

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Author Thomas Hardy

Narrated by Simon Vance

Publication date Jul 28, 2008

Running time 15 hrs

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