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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 Lesser Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2000 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Gijzen | 1/16/2014

    " Reading it for my Bachelor thesis and loving it. Dickens rocks! ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rowena | 1/16/2014

    " I read this in High School and didn't like it at all, especially the horrible Mr Gradgrind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 12/25/2013

    " So, this guy, Chuck Dickens? Turns out he can write really well! I had a fantastic time reading this (well, listening to it, actually). Great fun, wonderful language, exciting plot and the knowledge that by the end, all the loose ends will be tied up. Just a wonderful read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emusam | 12/21/2013

    " Realized that I'm not a fan of Dickens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 12/4/2013

    " I had great expectations, but a hard time getting through this. I understood the themes, but this was tedious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/25/2013

    " Very rarely have I enjoyed anything less. Blehk. Would not have made it through if I didn't have to for a class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 10/23/2013

    " Although is dragged somewhat in the middle, I loved the wonderful characters and the circular plot that brought the ending back around to events from the first chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Bruen | 7/11/2013

    " I kept thinking of "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd while reading this. It's excellent, and so applicable to our times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon Curtis | 5/4/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MN | 12/10/2012

    " Finished this for the umpteenth time - such a good book; although I'm having trouble thinking of how to best use it in a seminar. And of hpw to present it in relation to Bleak House. However, this is a rather nice bundle of problems to have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willa | 12/4/2012

    " I actually have no opinion of this book as of now, but I know I didn't hate it.... thus the three stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 11/5/2012

    " gritty dark harsh. the lives of northen mill workers. one of my favourite dickens novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/14/2011

    " 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 9/12/2011

    " Eh. Will probably be the first and last time I read a Charles Dickens novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin Seagren | 7/19/2011

    " I'm not a huge fan of Dickens' writing style. I also thought the family drama in the novel was overshadowing the conditions of the working class. "

  • 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

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens. Lesser’s narration has won him seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.