Hard Times


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(4.1 stars; 25 reviews)

Hard Times, the shortest of Dickens's full-length novels, is set in the fictitious Victorian-England city of Coketown, where facts are the rule and all fancy is to be stamped out. The plot centers around the men and women of the town, some of whom are beaten down by the city's utilitarian ideals and some of whom manage to rise above it. The novel was written in 1854 and was a scathing attack on then-current ideas of utilitarianism, which Dickens viewed as a selfish and at times oppressive philosophy. Perhaps the novel's best features are its clever, ironic narration and the larger-than-life characters that push the plot forward, such as the upper-class banker and hypocritical braggart, Josiah Bounderby, and the fact-driven schoolmaster, Thomas Gradgrind. (Summary by Rosalind Wills).

(10 hr 54 min)

Chapters

Book 1, Chapters 1-3 23:49 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Book 1, Chapters 4-5 31:28 Read by Stewart Wills
Book 1, Chapter 6 25:28 Read by Rosalind Wills
Book 1, Chapters 7-8 26:24 Read by Joseph Ugoretz
Book 1, Chapters 9-10 35:07 Read by Paul Hansen
Book 1, Chapters 11-12 24:59 Read by Rosalind Wills
Book 1, Chapters 13-14 33:46 Read by Paul Hansen
Book 1, Chapters 15-16 35:46 Read by Paul Hansen
Book 2, Chapter 1 31:42 Read by Stuart Bell
Book 2, Chapters 2-3 27:11 Read by Joseph Ugoretz
Book 2, Chapters 4-5 41:06 Read by Paul Hansen
Book 2, Chapter 6 31:30 Read by Paul Hansen
Book 2, Chapter 7 29:23 Read by Debra Lynn
Book 2, Chapter 8 26:56 Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
Book 2, Chapters 9-10 30:52 Read by JemmaBlythe
Book 2, Chapters 11-12 31:00 Read by Debra Lynn
Book 3, Chapters 1-2 35:28 Read by Debra Lynn
Book 3, Chapters 3-4 39:40 Read by Debra Lynn
Book 3, Chapter 5 21:30 Read by Graham Thomsen
Book 3, Chapter 6 21:37 Read by Joseph Ugoretz
Book 3, Chapter 7 24:17 Read by Joseph Ugoretz
Book 3, Chapters 8-9 25:46 Read by Joseph Ugoretz

Reviews

Just excellent!

(5 stars)

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enjoyed this book really well read

(5 stars)

tortuous Dickens at his best Overly long

(1 stars)