Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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“Jude the Obscure” by Thomas Hardy

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Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Elizabeth Flood and Phil Setnik

Author: Thomas Hardy

Year of Publication: 1895

Plot: Thomas Hardy's last finished novel, Jude the Obscure, tells the story of Jude Fawley, a working-class man who dreams of becoming a scholar, and of his doomed relationships with the seductive Arabella Donn and the true love of his life, Sue Bridehead.

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