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Hard Times

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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

Bewertungen

Just excellent!

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Great Classic

(4 Sterne)

One of the better classic novels I've been assigned to read.

(4 Sterne)

Another great story by Dickens and a great bunch of readers!

Wonderful set of readers!

(5 Sterne)

Thanks to the volunteers who made their contribution into reading this timeless classic by Dickens. They brought the text alive.

enjoyed this book really well read

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Touching and Lighting

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Amazing reading by different readers, many thanks for your precious and eternal contribution.

am Paul Ibeawuchi I must say Thanks to the reader it was amazing

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tortuous Dickens at his best Overly long

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