Hard Times

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Peter Batchelor
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of Dicken’s best works appraising English society. Highlights the social and economic pressures of the times. A masterwork.

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With a name like Choakemchild what could go wrong?

If you could sum up Hard Times in three words, what would they be?

Facts or Fun?


What other book might you compare Hard Times to and why?

This is very much like Dickens' Oliver Twist but more on the factory workers plight and the parents who thought facts were all important for children in factories and should have little fun time.


Which character – as performed by Peter Batchelor – was your favorite?

Louisa Gradgrind Bounderby was the person I identified with and became my favorite character. She married for duty and was extremely unhappy. She falls in love with someone else and almost runs away with him but instead returns home and explains to her father what she has done. Mr. Gradgrind repents his ways and welcomes Louisa home.

Peter Batchelor was a wonderful narrator.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I nearly cried when Louisa returns home and confronts her father. I also loved Sissy Jupe and her devotion to helping Louisa and the rest of the Gradgrind children. This was an interesting family and I loved the kids.


Any additional comments?

This was a fairly dark novel and there isn't a really happy ending. The story was well done and I enjoyed the characters.

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- Kristi Richardson "An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap."

A somewhat dreary story

What disappointed you about Hard Times?

The story is very depressing and the characters are somewhat lifeless.


Has Hard Times turned you off from other books in this genre?

I am on a quest to read all of Charles Dickens' titles so I can get a better impresion of the world that he lived in.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Batchelor?

The narrator was excellent however it might have improved the story if more narrators were involved (for the women in particular).


What character would you cut from Hard Times?

The characters are absolutely necessary to this story.


Any additional comments?

Though it is a classic story, I doubt I will be in any hurry to read this selection again.

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- David A. Jones "I LOVE HISTORY!!!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-15-2013
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media