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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: August 2009 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Kidd | 12/30/2013

    " Mixed feelings about this. Could have given it two ,or even one star in places "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eugene | 12/3/2013

    " Charming language. Quite a sophisticated text. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchenbeyer | 12/3/2013

    " Preachy and dated...not the greatest Dickens "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss | 11/15/2013

    " I read it 13 years ago and i didnt fully understand how nice and painfully true in the same time . but i guess when i grew up and read it one more time i realized how great book it is :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 10/20/2013

    " I really really liked this book, recomend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 8/25/2013

    " One of the lesser-known Dickens' works...but well worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Mitchell | 6/28/2013

    " Usually Dickens's novels run a little long for me, but this is a short one. It discuss the brutality of 19th century school system. Of course, it is not all gloom and doom. There is that spunky kid who will overcome his education and be a fine gentleman. My favorite Dickens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikee | 4/13/2013

    " A very good book - not the best, but in the Dickens vein of castigating the pompous, greedy and self-important. Go get 'em Charley! It was a mild distraction that some of the characters spoke in very heavy dialect that could be very hard to understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delia | 4/10/2013

    " I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I would have expected. If you have to read Dickens for class at any point, I honestly recommend this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Pugh | 3/23/2013

    " i had to read this one for a class. it was actually pretty good, if you like charles dickens, which i don't. this is one that served me by expanding my experience of literature. but i didn't really love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muffy Kroha | 3/15/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Delona | 1/13/2013

    " I love Charles Dickens but this book was quite depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 9/7/2011

    " I really like Dickens. Not my favorite, but I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 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

Paul Scofield is noteworthy for his striking presence and distinctive voice. He won a Tony Award for his role in A Man for All Seasons, and an Academy Award for the same role in the film adaptation.