- Narrated by: Michael Pennington
- Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 16-02-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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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By Laurence Henderson on 10-07-18
Not my cup of tea!
I had to read this for my OU course. I chose Audible as reading the book itself was sending me to sleep. The narrator was excellent bringing characters to life and making sense of the accented words and language.
By sian townsend on 03-10-15
Hard Times - Aptly named
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The narration. The narrator was fine. But the language of the narration was difficult to get to grips with
What did you like best about this story?
It is an accurate depiction of 19th century life
What about Michael Pennington’s performance did you like?
Yes, see above
Do you think Hard Times needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, there is always a time to quit while you are ahead. This book is best left as it is