Review: Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Liked this classic a lot.  It is on my BBC100 challenge list.  I thought at first it was going to be a great romantic novel, but it turns into a sad depressing novel.  While I still liked this book, I was disappointed in the sadness of the novel.  I was looking at reviews online about this book and Mark Goacher nails it with this you tube video review on Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.

I think this is a great classic and worth reading.  I like the drive that Jude shows throughout the novel. I listened to this novel read by David Case on audio.  Mark in the above video even talks about the films that were made of the book including the 1996 film Jude.  I can’t wait to watch this movie and hopefully do a review on the movie part of the book.  I’ve always like Kate Winslet and she plays Sue in the movie.

David Case the Voice of Hundreds of Audio Books

David Case
David Case

If you listen to audio books you have probably heard of David Case’s voice. I first heard his voice when he was reading Shogun one of my all time favorite books. When I started reading Jude the Obscure this week I heard a familiar voice so I looked up who the reader was and I saw that the reader was Frederick Davidson. Next, of course came the google search to see if I could find out who this person was. I was very sad to see his obituary listed on the LA Times  Seems he would not give up smoking cigarettes and died of throat cancer in 2005. He was nominated for a Grammy. He recorded over 700 audio books! So rest in peace Mr. Case and thank you for all the wonderful hours of audio!