Hard Times

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Patrick Tull
  • 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the spare, no-nonsense Gradgrind household, Tom and Louisa are raised according to their father's unyielding guiding philosophy: facts - nothing but facts. But while a ban on imagination is mere policy for the Gradgrind children, lack of whimsy is a necessary survival skill in Coketown, the grimy and grim working-class burg devoted to nothing but the relentless advance of industry...

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Audible Editor Reviews

As the title suggests, the characters do not have much room for leisure and horseplay in this audiobook from Charles Dickens. Hard Times, performed with a biting musicality by veteran narrator Patrick Tull, is one of Dickens's later works and is a serious examination on the effects of the Industrial Revolution. The story begins with the no-nonsense Gradgrind household, where Mr. Gradgrind instills his strict teachings of facts and only facts. As the story progresses, the classic humor of Dickens seeps in, and Mr. Gradgrind receives some education himself. Whether it's the artful prose or the social commentary, there's plenty to enjoy as Patrick Tull takes listeners through this classic from Charles Dickens.

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Although the narration is great, Patrick Tull is fabulous to listen to, the sound quality is terrible. It's like listening through custard!
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- Claire

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books