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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: Paul Scofield Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the squalor of a textile town, successful businessman and arch-pragmatist Thomas Gradgrind, proclaiming that he is a self-made man, teaches his children to suppress their imaginations and embrace hard facts. He arranges the marriage of his daughter Louisa to Josiah Bounderby, an unattractive, boastful manufacturer who is 30 years older than she.

Gradgrind believes that he has succeeded as a father when his son Thomas goes to work in Bounderby's bank. When Tom steals from his employer and Louisa flees the horrors of her marriage, Gradgrind must acknowledge the error of his lifelong devotion to facts and utility in this classic Dickens work. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Myriam-Grace | 2/18/2014

    " Interesting use of literary devices, such as repetition and alliteration, but I just couldn't enjoy this. I am slightly prejudiced against Dickens, I admit, as I am not a big fan of his works "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charlotte Gijzen | 1/27/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathan | 1/5/2014

    " Shorter and quicker-moving than some of Dickens' stuff, this is a good introduction to his later writing. Some ridiculously absurd characters - Mrs. Sparsit is one of the greatest characters in all Dickens, I think - and some great comic writing, along with the sentimentality Dickens seems unable to resist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Naomi | 12/30/2013

    " I love the classics, but Charles Dicken's writing is always predictable, regurgitated storylines. They are just "meh" to me. This one was just bland. I wasn't sucked in, didn't connect with the characters and couldn't wait for it to end. "

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