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Product Details

  • Series: Cover to Cover Classics
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audio Partners, The, Cover to Cover; Unabridged edition (February 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572700904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572700901
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 2.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,124,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...If velvet could speak, it would sound like Rickman. He is great at the accents of the country folk, and he differentiates well between men and women, children and oldsters..." -- Sandy Bauers, Sacramento Bee, February 14, 1999

"...If velvet could speak, it would sound like Rickman." -- Sandy Bauers, Sacramento Bee, February 14, 1999

"A brilliant reading." -- The Listener

"Alan Rickman's reading is outstanding. He has a plausible and adaptable West Country Burr, and he sings the local folk songs tunefully. But more than this, he has the perfectly paced delivery ... that brings the novel to life." -- Talking Business

"Alan Rickman's reading is outstanding. He has the perfectly paced delivery ... that brings the novel to life." -- Talking Business, unknown date

"Rickman gives a performance that listeners will remember. This is the best way to enjoy Hardy." -- Library Journal, unknown date

"Rickman passionately portrays the… characters. His mastery of local accents… creates a remarkable audio experience." -- USA TODAY, July 22, 1999

"Rickman's austere yet humane narrator is right for this tragic story of passion and loss." -- Financial Times

"Rickman's austere yet humane narrator is right for this tragic story of passion and loss." -- Financial Times, unknown date

"These Cover to Cover tapes offer up a delectable feast for fans of the spoken word. We're talking class act here - from the elegant covers to the accomplished readers." -- Deirdre Donahue, USA TODAY, December 3, 1998

From the Publisher

Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperback Classics stand out from the crowd include: a leading scholar or literary critic's introduction to the text, a biography of the author, a chronology of her or his life and times, a historical selection of criticism, and a concise plot summary. All books published since 1993 have also been completely restyled: all type has been reset, to offer a clarity and ease of reading unique among editions of the classics; a vibrant, full-color cover design now complements these great texts with beautiful contemporary works of art. But the best feature must be Everyman's uniquely low price. Each Everyman title offers these extensive materials at a price that competes with the most inexpensive editions on the market-but Everyman Paperbacks have durable binding, quality paper, and the highest editorial and scholarly standards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

I bought this audiobook because it's narrated by Alan Rickman, my favorite actor.
M. N. Devlin
How much more would I have enjoyed it if it was read, I can not tell but 'Return of the Native' is so much the richer for being read and heard.
B. Irvine
When he reads the description of the wild and desolate heath, Rickman's voice turns Hardy' prose into sublime poetry.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Pamela E. Long on February 12, 2007
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The CD audio book of the Return of the Native actually deserves to be described as amazing. The lyrical prose of Hardy, combines with the incomparable voice and performance of Alan Rickman, to make this a genuine treasure.

Rickman, in his limited interviews, has repeatedly referred to himself as an instrument. In this product, the only part of that instrument he could utilize was his voice. It is more than enough: the pictures and action spring vividly to life. Listening to his performance is sheer joy, and it rapidly makes you realize how little his capability has been tapped by film - where the whole "instrument" is utilized.

I would give this product the highest recommendation.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 24, 2007
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This is the third time I've listened to this audio book, something I have never done before. I must admit, it gets better ever time. The description of the characters is incredible - when have you read a whole chapter describing an individual? Or the landscape? Certainly way more verbose than modern style, but the observations stand the test of time, and paint pictures that linger. None of the characters is flawless, and the errors of omission in their acts toward each other results in no end of misery. But the view of life in another time, with all its physical differences and all its emotional similarities to ours is intrigueing. And Rickman is fabulous, capturing accents and personalities that reading myself in my cozy chair in Phoenix Arizona would never have known.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Aradia on December 18, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
First, I must confess to being an avid Alan Rickman admirer. The man could read the local phone book and I'd gladly pay to hear it. Thusly, when I found he had done an unabridged set of audio tapes of one of my favorite books -- "The Return of the Native" -- I was thrilled.
"The Return of the Native" is a compelling and beautifully written story. I especially like the way Hardy makes Egdon Heath itself as much a character in the story as the human denizens of the area, breathing life into it through his wonderful word pictures and his special talent for creating moods. Hardy's vivid descriptions and excellent character development make this an enchanting adventure.
Add to this the velvet-smooth voice of Rickman, and you have a treat for the imagination and the ears.
Rickman gives each of the characters his (or her) own separate voice, and manages to do so without forgetting how each should sound. How he kept it straight, I'll never know (I, myself, record books on tape for an educational company and know how complicated that can be!)...what with the many inhabitants of Egdon Heath he had to work with...but, he did. Rickman also actually sang the songs from the book (and not badly, either), adding another dimension.
"The Return of the Native" (unabridged) is a must for anyone who loves good literature on tape, and for anyone who is a fan of Alan Rickman. This is a stunning production and well worth the investment!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Diane Schirf on October 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy. Recommended.

In Egdon Heath, Thomas Hardy creates an otherworld consisting of the elements earth, wind, fire, and water, populated by a witch condemned by a pious woman's spell, a Christian ruled by pagan beliefs, an assortment of other odd characters, and the native of the title whose return precipitates a series of tragic events.

The Return of the Native is centered around Eustacia Vye, a beautiful outsider wrenched from the society she craves by orphanhood and exiled to live on Egdon Heath with her maternal grandfather. Spoiled, vain, fickle, and selfish, Eustacia is not a sympathetic heroine. Although she claims to belong to Damon Wildeve ("body and soul" in one uncensored version), she really belongs to whomever can grant her what she desires and, in her mind, deserves. While Wildeve is a step above the local rabble, Eustacia can never fully commit herself to him. Each time she considers it, she is held back by the thought that even he lacks something and that surely she can do better. "He's not great enough for me to give myself to-he does not suffice for my desire! . . . If he had been a Saul or a Bonaparte-ah! But to break my marriage vow for him-it is too poor a luxury!"

In another place, like the Paris Eustacia longs for, she would have become a mistress or a courtesan-the consort of a powerful man or men. On Egdon Heath, however, there are neither powerful men nor courtesans. There is only Damon, an equally fickle young man who hotly desires that which he cannot have-sometimes Eustacia, sometimes the naïve Thomasin Yeobright. To complicate matters, Thomasin's cousin Clym returns from Paris, where he has a financially rewarding and spiritually stifling career.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Minto on March 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As a keen fan of Thomas Hardy, I have found this reading wonderful. Alan Rickman's rendition is beautifully paced and the characters were really brought to life by the variety of tone within his voice. Certainly, this is one of Hardy's gloomier works--but all the more fascinating for the picture given of characters in a truly remarkable landscape. I've always regarded Egdon Heath as the true hero of this work anyway. At a time when I have needed distraction from my own circumstances, this marvellous version has proved invaluable and I look forward to acquiring others to enjoy.
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