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Read By: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2006 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781481597845

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

37

Longest Chapter Length:

33:08 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:53 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

18:37 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

177

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Publisher Description

Originally written for Dickens’ weekly magazine, Household Words, this short novel follows the fate of Sissy Jupe, a warm-hearted circus child, and the family that adopts her. Deserted by her ailing father, Sissy is taken into the cold household of the Gradgrind family, which operates a school. The “eminently practical” Thomas Gradgrind believes only in facts and figures and has raised his children accordingly, thoroughly suppressing the imaginative sides of their nature. They grow up in ignorance of love and affection, of beauty and culture, or of empathy for others, and the consequences are devastating. Only after numerous crises does Thomas realize that his principles have corrupted their lives.

Dickens’ satirical exposé of the Industrial Revolution condemns the utilitarianism that exploited the bodies, minds, and souls of the vulnerable labor class.

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"I really liked this novel despite the apparent lack of happiness and luck on the part of the characters. Again the characters are taken on a learning curve and the hard Louisa Gradgrind transforms in front of the reader. That typical happy ending is lacking but the characters are reconciled. "

— Charlotte (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “The power of [Dickens] is so amazing, that the reader at once becomes his captive, and must follow him whithersoever he leads.”

    — William Makepeace Thackeray
  • “A bitter indictment of industrialization, with its dehumanizing effects on workers and communities in mid-nineteenth-century England.”

    — Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
  • “The narrator’s British accent goes well with Dickens’ overly dramatic and lush prose.”

    — AudioFile
  • “A wonderful introduction to the pleasures of Victorian novels and Dickens’ powerful story.”

    — Booklist

Hard Times Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 3.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 5 (3.36)
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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love Dickens, and this may be one of my favorites now. Clever, entertaining, and a great commentary on issues of the time, including children's education, the industrial revolution, and the birth of labor unions. "

    — Nelly, 2/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Well the parts of this book I was able to read before my dog mercilessly chewed it up were pretty good. I wouldn't say it's my favorite book by Dickens, but I found the characters views on "Facts" interesting, and I enjoyed the contrast between Jupe who seemed to be able to think deeply about things beyond their facts with Thomas Gradgirnd who has a starkly concrete view of the world. I only was able to make it about halfway through, so maybe if I ever get the chance to finish the book, I'll be able to speak more on it's merits. "

    — Trishé, 2/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The audio version that I listened to was read by Anton Lesser - he was fantastic! This story of how Thomas Gradgrind's teachings had such a negative effect on his children Louisa and Tom and their emotional well-being stills rings true today! "

    — Carolyn, 2/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " More studied than read but very enjoyable. Facts, Mr Gradgrind, Facts! "

    — Simon, 2/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " So far, amazing. I'm blown away by his writing, his keen perception of people's inner worlds. "

    — Monique, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The Dickensian irony is seen very clearly in the novel but his portrayal of British life in the Industrial revolution lacks alot. "

    — Maaian, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very well written, and highly descriptive. A very slow moving book however, it seems that all of the action takes place in the third book, however this is typical Dickensian literature. "

    — Emily, 2/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I love Dickens, but this wasn't one of his better ones. The moral of the story is very blatant from the beginning. The characters are not as well fleshed out as in other books, nor are they as interesting. I think it is worth reading, but it is not one of his novels that I will be reading again and again. Still, it is Dickens, and his writing style is always very interesting, and it kept my attention, so it deserves three stars. I liked it; it just wasn't one of my favorites of his. "

    — Vicki, 1/22/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Good God I hated this book. A plot that had the sole purpose of repressing people's imaginations... Did he seriously think that it was going to capture ours? It wasn't just that Dickens and I don't get along and probably never will... It was that it was a stupid concept with dull characters who don't think for themselves and it took about 500 pages of treacherously boring work to reach the end. If it wasn't for the fact that it's required reading, I would have stopped WELL before then. "

    — Emma, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I really really liked this book, recomend it. "

    — Matt, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Thankfully, this is the shortest of Dickens' works. Read it for a college course and glad to have gotten through it. Not my favorite author, perhaps also because this is not my favorite time period. Has the potential to be good for those who are Dickens fans or like reading Victorian fiction. "

    — Paula, 1/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " it was quite a hard book to read, especially the characters who spoke with an accent. i did enjoy it in the end though. "

    — Isabel, 12/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " it is a classic however for todays generation the style is quite heavy this is why I rated it okay ( the only reason ) "

    — Minoucha, 7/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " After having read Hard Times, I remember why I have always loved Dickens. I must read the few I haven't read yet and reread all my old favorites. "

    — Connie, 4/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Early Dickens child labor in England "

    — Moose, 4/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 3.9 stars. A harrowing tale that brings home just how hard like could be for ordinary folk on whose backs empires are built. "

    — Jack, 4/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It seems that I'm not a Dickens person and since I'm an English Literature student, it's pretty scandalous!! "

    — Bayan, 12/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This book made me hate Charles Dickens. I read it in Sophomore Honors English and thought I'd poke my eye out from all the critques we had to do on the book. "

    — Tannie, 7/24/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Little known and one of my favorites of his. "

    — Janice, 2/18/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Hard (times) to read, but worth it. Good book. "

    — Jake, 2/2/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Dickens is what he is - and I love it. Is it over-long? Yes. Is it overly sentimental and moralistic? Yes. Great, super, smashing! I feel better about the world after reading Dickens. Contemporary literature needs more humanity and less criticism - is that ironic? "

    — Tj, 6/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " i have study this at colege and it was really good novel expressing the age of machines & factorys with all of thier negative aspects on humans. "

    — Roseunderwater, 6/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Gosh I didn't like this book! It's so depressing and I felt I missed Dickens' message because of it. "

    — Drucilla, 5/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Hard Times is my favourite of Dickens' punishment of the false and annoying. There is not a revenge sweeter than having a life's worth of lies unpoured over tea and cakes. "

    — Rebecca, 5/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " From the title one can guess this is a bleak story, however, I was surprised and impressed by Mr. Dickens' sense of humour. "

    — Yolanda, 4/28/2011

About Charles Dickens

David Case was a distinguished narrator who recorded over 700 audiobooks, was nominated for a Grammy Award, and received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narrations. AudioFile magazine named him a Golden Voice.

About Frederick Davidson

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.