Welcome to Hard Times

  • by E. L. Doctorow
  • Narrated by John Rubinstein
  • 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hard Times is the name of a town in the barren hills of the Dakota Territory. To this town there comes one day one of the reckless sociopaths who wander the West to kill and rape and pillage. By the time he is through and has ridden off, Hard Times is a smoking ruin. The de facto mayor, Blue, takes in two survivors of the carnage - a boy, Jimmy, and a prostitute, Molly, who has suffered unspeakably - and makes them his provisional family. Blue begins to rebuild Hard Times, welcoming new settlers, while Molly waits with vengeance in her heart for the return of the outlaw.
Here is E. L. Doctorow's debut novel, a searing allegory of frontier life that sets the stage for his subsequent classics.

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What the Critics Say

"A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil." (The Washington Post)
"We are caught up with these people as real human beings." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Dramatic and exciting." (The New York Times)

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A moral story

This was an author recommended by a friend. It isn't the sort of book that I would normally listen to. I almost gave up at the beginning because of the violence, but I persevered and was drawn in by the story and the reading.

It is a tale that will stay with me and I will select other titles by this author and recommend the audio to my friends.
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- Marianne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio