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."

Another Classic

No one paints a better visual picture than Dickens. His mastery of the English language is unrivaled.

At least for me he never disappoints. I'm always sad to finish one of his books.
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- Frank

Book Details

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