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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,269 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Anton Lesse Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this, Dickens' most openly political novel, we discover the terrible human consequences of a ruthlessly materialistic philosophy in the lives of Thomas Gradgrind's family, brought up to believe that only Facts! Facts! Facts! have any meaning. Set in Coketown, a typical Lancashire milltown, the novel graphically exposesd the truth about Victorian progress. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mmars | 2/13/2014

    " The Penguin preface/introduction do a wonderful job of preparing the reader for reading this book. I was able to be patient with the first two-thirds of the book in which the characters and their daily lives (think Jane Austen) are presented. Actually, at times it felt like a soap opera in which there was much intersecting and weaving and nothing really seemed to happen. But, like a good movie, everything comes together in the end. Definitely not the place to start with Dickens(I think Oliver Twist should be taught in schools rather than Great Expections) but a not-to-be missed read if you classics with marvelous character sketches and a window into the lives of ordinary people who happen to wind up in extraordinary situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mahmoud Nouh | 2/9/2014

    " one of dickens best novels getting in the dark mood of England during the first revolution where coal covered everything even some humans spirits "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Emett | 2/2/2014

    " Though I planned to read this eventually, I am starting earlier than planned for I have to read this for one of my college courses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 1/26/2014

    " Any other freaks out there who giggle like a child as they read Dickens? I find his humor outstanding and his stamina for writing equal to that of Alexandre Dumas (both were socially conscious and generous men as well). I don't love this book as well as Great Expectations, and it has a bit of an awkward start, but I have found my pace with Dickens and I regret that a high school teacher made us read A Tale of Two Cities too early to appreciate him, and, sadly, turn me away from his novels. I have returned to him, and I truly appreciate his humor, characters, poignant observations, and concern for humanity. "

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