Summary

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.
Public Domain (P)2012 Penguin Books Limited
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3 out of 5 stars
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.

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3 out of 5 stars
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

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