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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Michael Pennington Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Penguin Classics presents the abridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens' a stark exposure of capitalist exploitation during the Industrial Revolution, as read by Michael Pennington. Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school headmaster and model of utilitarian success. Feeding both his pupils and family with facts, he bans fancy and wonder from any young minds.

As a consequence his obedient daughter Louisa marries the loveless businessman and bully of humanity Mr Bounderby, and his son Tom rebels by becoming embroiled in gambling and robbery. And, as their fortunes cross with those of free-spirited circus girl Sissy Jupe and victimized weaver Stephen Blackpool, Gradgrind is eventually forced to recognize the value of the human heart in an age of materialism and machinery.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 2/20/2014

    " I decided to read this shortly after a conversation with a colleague about the book, Poetic Justice, by Martha Nussbaum. Nussbaum focuses on the book's overt agenda of contrasting statistical calculation and the rationality of political economy with the tragedies and triumphs of human suffering and human love. The book is highly effective at this level. Both in his style and in his storytelling, Dickens masterfully tells a compelling story. It is also a complex novel, given the tension between love and reason. I really like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Ryburn | 2/17/2014

    " not my favorite dickens but necessarily great literature- this is dickens after all. the imagery of one of his characters falling, repeatedly, as if down a large staircase, in her descent to destruction. masterful. again, this is dickens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kallu Frank | 2/13/2014

    " excellent explain as young boy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Muffy Kroha | 2/7/2014

    " Brutal- BRUTAL!!!! Oh the pain- This is Dickens at his blackest- You'll never guess why they call it hard times! "

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