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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Harriet Walter Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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'Now what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life....' So says Thomas Gradgrind in Dickens' immortal story set in the North of England in the 19th century.

Gradgrind, a local industrialist, gave this advice to his children, set against a backdrop of huge wealth and even huger poverty, where the rich marry for money and the poor cannot afford to divorce. The greed leads to gambling and the rich rule over the poor, who suffer terribly. As Gradgrind grows older, he begins to question his stringent approach to education...though is it already too late for his own children?

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte Coleman | 6/24/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tj | 6/21/2011

    " 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? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roseunderwater | 6/19/2011

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drucilla | 5/25/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Podsnap | 5/19/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yolanda | 4/28/2011

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

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About the Author
Author Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.

About the Narrator

Harriet Walter was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 for Best Actress in a Revival for her performances in Twelfth Night, A Question Of, and Three Sisters. In 1999 she was named a Commander of the Order of British Empire by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.