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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Hard Times - Aptly named
The narration. The narrator was fine. But the language of the narration was difficult to get to grips with
It is an accurate depiction of 19th century life
Yes, see above
No, there is always a time to quit while you are ahead. This book is best left as it is
- sian townsend
Enjoyable introduction to Dickens
Gentle, Easy, Captivating
This is my first Dickens story and I found it to be a very enjoyable introduction to the genre, taking me to smoke filled mills and involving me with the characters.
Michael Pennington gave the characters more depth and feeling making them more real.
yes and I think I did!
This was also my first experience at an audio book and was part of my BA Hons coursework. It made the experience a very enjoyable one and one I couldn't wait to repeat!