Hard Times

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Alistair Maydon
  • 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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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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- Hazel

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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. It has interesting caricatures of hypocrites. This is a great way to start with Dickens.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Times?

The factory imagery. The love story.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

It's hard for me to pick up on accents.
The "s" sounds are shrill.
I can't speed it up.


Do you think Hard Times needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No it stands alone. This is a book about idea, not just plot.


Any additional comments?

If you want to try a Dickens, this (and A Christmas Carol) are a great place to start. He is about social reform and commentary. His views are relevant today. The story is also filled with plot and a love story.

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- Lauren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2009
  • Publisher: RNIB