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Hard Times (version 2 dramatic reading)

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(4,429 Sterne; 28 Bewertungen)

Charles Dickens' 1854 novel opens with the philosophy of education espoused by the eminently practical Mr. Gradgrind, who prizes "facts and calculations." He raises his children, most prominently Louisa and Tom, to eschew imagination and emotion and embrace order and reason. The results are disastrous: Louisa marries out of duty to the supposed self-made man Mr. Bounderby, while Tom grows up dissolute, ultimately commits theft and blames it on an unfortunate laborer, Stephen Blackpool. Set in the fictional Coketown, a mill town in the north of England, Dickens' novel satirizes capitalism, social mobility, class stratification, and Utilitarianism. This dramatic reading of the novel features a full cast of LibriVox volunteers, who lend their voices to Dickens' vibrant comic characters. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Cast
Narrator: Bob Neufeld
Mr. Gradgrind: Marty Kris
Sissy Jupe: J L Raimundo
Bitzer: mb
Gentleman: Tom Crawford
Louisa Gradgrind: Arielle Lipshaw
Mr. Bounderby: Andy Minter
Mrs. Gradgrind: Beth Thomas
Tom Gradgrind: Max Korlinge
Mr. E. W. B. Childers: David Lawrence
Master Kidderminster: Elizabeth Klett
Mr. Sleary: Ron Altman
Mrs. Sparsit: Elizabeth Klett
Stephen Blackpool: Nigel Boydell
Rachael: Karen Savage
Mrs. Blackpool: Bev J. Stevens
Mrs. Pegler: Sally McConnell
James Harthouse: Algy Pug
Slackbridge: John Steigerwald
Voice 1: sylly
Voice 2: J L Raimundo
Jane Gradgrind: Goldfish
Waiter: Nigel Boydell
Man: Algy Pug
Clown: Bev J. Stevens

Text prepared by Arielle Lipshaw and Elizabeth Klett
Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett


(12 hr 0 min)

Chapters

Book 1, Chapter 01, The One Thing Needful

4:36

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Book 1, Chapter 02, Murdering the Innocents

15:12

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Book 1, Chapter 03, A Loophole

13:07

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Book 1, Chapter 04, Mr. Bounderby

18:11

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Book 1, Chapter 05, The Keynote

14:36

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Book 1, Chapter 06, Sleary's Horsemanship

33:01

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Book 1, Chapter 07, Mrs. Sparsit

16:52

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Book 1, Chapter 08, Never Wonder

13:38

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Book 1, Chapter 09, Sissy's Progress

16:57

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Book 1, Chapter 10, Stephen Blackpool

13:52

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Book 1, Chapter 11, No Way Out

17:50

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Book 1, Chapter 12, The Old Woman

13:31

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Book 1, Chapter 13, Rachael

20:07

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Book 1, Chapter 14, The Great Manufacturer

12:35

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Book 1, Chapter 15, Father and Daughter

19:45

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Book 1, Chapter 16, Husband and Wife

15:04

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Book 2, Chapter 01, Effects in the Bank

34:15

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Book 2, Chapter 02, Mr. James Harthouse

21:23

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Book 2, Chapter 03, The Whelp

12:40

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Book 2, Chapter 04, Men and Brothers

21:11

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Book 2, Chapter 05, Men and Masters

16:31

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Book 2, Chapter 06, Fading Away

30:46

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Book 2, Chapter 07, Gunpowder

31:01

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Book 2, Chapter 08, Explosion

32:25

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Book 2, Chapter 09, Hearing the Last of It

21:23

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Book 2, Chapter 10, Mrs. Sparsit's Staircase

11:44

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Book 2, Chapter 11, Lower and Lower

23:01

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Book 2, Chapter 12, Down

10:41

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Book 3, Chapter 01, Another Thing Needful

15:42

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Book 3, Chapter 02, Very Ridiculous

22:38

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Book 3, Chapter 03, Very Decided

21:54

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Book 3, Chapter 04, Lost

24:34

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Book 3, Chapter 05, Found

23:21

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Book 3, Chapter 06, The Starlight

26:33

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Book 3, Chapter 07, Whelp-Hunting

29:39

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Book 3, Chapter 08, Philosophical

16:58

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Book 3, Chapter 09, Final

13:29

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Bewertungen

Great cast

(4 Sterne)

Great cast! Well told! There was only one reader whose accent I struggled to understand. Interesting Dickens tale. Not one of my favorites.

Not Bad!

(3 Sterne)

It's really good with all the different voices and all. Great job with the compilation of all the voices. Kudos! However, some chapters were incomplete (not too much but still! ) and also they could increase their pace a little bit. But, all in all as the title might suggest not bad, acceptable.

(3 Sterne)

Not my favorite Dickens. The dramatic reading was interesting, but you can really tell from the audio that the actors were in different locations on different equipment. It would have been awesome had the mixing matched the sound better.

Awesome. Still true today!

(5 Sterne)

great book . i wrote a similar story in College. People are still robbed of common sense and ignorant of soul. ...tge true meaning of salvation.

fantastic

(5 Sterne)

Readers were all excellent, very clear and concise. Great story a well!