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Hard Times Audiobook
Hard Times
Written by: 
Charles Dickens
Narrated by: 
Peter Batchelor
Hard Times Audiobook

Hard Times

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Publisher's Summary

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

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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    David A. Jones Carrollton, TX USA 05-14-14
    David A. Jones Carrollton, TX USA 05-14-14 Member Since 2013

    I LOVE HISTORY!!!

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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 05-20-14
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 05-20-14

    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.

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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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Stone Mountain, GA, United States 06-13-16
    Frank Stone Mountain, GA, United States 06-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen L. 02-20-16
    Karen L. 02-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "this narration is a little distracting"

    I long ago read this text, but still can't follow the story clearly. However, I also own the DVD with Alan Bates--only $1.20 now at Amazon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 08-21-15
    Aaron 08-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, but"

    Great book, but it can be hard to follow sometimes. A much easier read than listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Eager
    3/30/16
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    "Bachelor's narration of this classic is pure class"

    Listening to Batchelor narrate this classic novel is like savouring every mouthful of your favourite food.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    North Walsham, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Great Dickens well read...bargan"
    If you could sum up Hard Times in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking tale


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

    Mr Sleary


    What about Peter Batchelor’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great story very well read by Peter and what a price.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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