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Earphones Award WinnerAudioFile MagazineExclusively from Audible  Set on Egdon Heath a fictional barren moor in Wessex Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of passion excitement and the opportunity to escape However Clym's ambitions are quite different from hers and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness  Considered a truly modern story due to its sexual politics and hindered desires it still holds relevance to audiences today There is a tension between the symbolic setting of the heath and the modernity of the characters that makes the listener question our freedom to shape our lives as we wish Are we always able to live our dreams?  Like George Eliot Hardy was a Victorian realist whose novels and poetry were greatly influenced by Romanticism especially the poet William Wordsworth His critical thoughts on Victorian society can be seen throughout much of his work Narrator Biography  Multi award winning actor and director Alan Rickman famous for roles such as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and the Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves 1991 had a varied career that included performing on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in modern and classical theatre productions In America he gained recognition for his Broadway appearance in Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1985 and later his role in Die Hard 1988 made him internationally famous Other notable performances included his 2001 return to the West End and Broadway in Noël Coward's Private Lives and Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman in 2010 Rickman is most remembered for his roles in films such as Love Actually 2003 and Sweeney Todd 2007 as well as voicing Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005 and Absalom the Caterpillar in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland 2010 Earphones Award WinnerAudioFile MagazineExclusively from Audible  Set on Egdon Heath a fictional barren moor in Wessex Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of passion excitement and the opportunity to escape However Clym's ambitions are quite different from hers and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness  Considered a truly modern story due to its sexual politics and hindered desires it still holds relevance to audiences today There is a tension between the symbolic setting of the heath and the modernity of the characters that makes the listener question our freedom to shape our lives as we wish Are we always able to live our dreams?  Like George Eliot Hardy was a Victorian realist whose novels and poetry were greatly influenced by Romanticism especially the poet William Wordsworth His critical thoughts on Victorian society can be seen throughout much of his work Narrator Biography  Multi award winning actor and director Alan Rickman famous for roles such as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and the Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves 1991 had a varied career that included performing on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in modern and classical theatre productions In America he gained recognition for his Broadway appearance in Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1985 and later his role in Die Hard 1988 made him internationally famous Other notable performances included his 2001 return to the West End and Broadway in Noël Coward's Private Lives and Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman in 2010 Rickman is most remembered for his roles in films such as Love Actually 2003 and Sweeney Todd 2007 as well as voicing Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005 and Absalom the Caterpillar in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland 2010 Earphones Award WinnerAudioFile MagazineExclusively from Audible  Set on Egdon Heath a fictional barren moor in Wessex Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of passion excitement and the opportunity to escape However Clym's ambitions are quite different from hers and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness  Considered a truly modern story due to its sexual politics and hindered desires it still holds relevance to audiences today There is a tension between the symbolic setting of the heath and the modernity of the characters that makes the listener question our freedom to shape our lives as we wish Are we always able to live our dreams?  Like George Eliot Hardy was a Victorian realist whose novels and poetry were greatly influenced by Romanticism especially the poet William Wordsworth His critical thoughts on Victorian society can be seen throughout much of his work Narrator Biography  Multi award winning actor and director Alan Rickman famous for roles such as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and the Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves 1991 had a varied career that included performing on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in modern and classical theatre productions In America he gained recognition for his Broadway appearance in Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1985 and later his role in Die Hard 1988 made him internationally famous Other notable performances included his 2001 return to the West End and Broadway in Noël Coward's Private Lives and Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman in 2010 Rickman is most remembered for his roles in films such as Love Actually 2003 and Sweeney Todd 2007 as well as voicing Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005 and Absalom the Caterpillar in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland 2010 


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