Hard Times

Hard Times

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Classic 1845 novel offers a powerful indictment of the dehumanizing effects of mid-19th-century industrialization. Thomas Gradgrind raises his children, Tom and Louisa, in a sterile atmosphere of strict practicality. With no guiding principles, the young Gradgrinds sink into lives of desperation and despair, played out against the grim backdrop of Coketown, a wretched industrial community.
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : BBC Audiobooks America, 2011.
ISBN: 9780792779124
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (9 hr., 19 min.))

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Dec 09, 2009

This was a Dickens I knew little of (another reason to "read"/listen to it). What struck me in the opening lines and throughout (although it gets a bit Victorian melodramatic toward the end) is the sardonic freshness of Dickens' prose. He really was very much ahead of his time.

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