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Publisher's Summary

Hard Times - For These Times is the tenth novel by Charles DickensPublished in 1854, the story describes class conflict in Victorian England and serves as a powerful critique of the social injustices that plagued the Industrial Revolution.Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life - along with his memorable characters - have made him beloved by readers the world over. Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
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By Hazel on 11-08-09

mediocre story brilliantly read

This is not Dicken's best, but it is so well read that is is a delightful experience nevertheless. On an oblique note, I think Mr Boundaby is the inspiration for the Monty Python sketch "the four yorkshiremen". I would recommend this book it as long as you are patient, and don't mind a bit of excessive pathos at the end.

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By Anonymous User on 08-25-17

It's was okay

The story teller paused a lot but his impressions were great. The story is just long in my opinion.

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By Beverley on 09-10-09

Excellent Value for Money

A very good reading, perhaps with a little too much relish of Dickens' sardonic humour here and there. Bizarrely large gaps between paragraphs and chapters. All in all, excellent value for money.

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By William on 10-01-09

Hard Times Great Listen

I downloaded this as a way of listening to some of the classics, and I have to say that I enjoyed it more than any of the other Dickens books. Perhaps part of it was that it is much shorter than others. It may be heresy to some but I have felt the longer books to be too long and rambling. The plot was enjoyable, and the reading good. If only the other books were as sharp and to the point.

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