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  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl | Timothy Egan

    The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
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    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Sara says: "A Fascinating History"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    One of Dicken’s best works appraising English society. Highlights the social and economic pressures of the times. A masterwork.

    David says: "Gradgrind and M'Choakumchild"
  • How to Prosper in Hard Times | Napoleon Hill

    How to Prosper in Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Joel Fotinos
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    How to Prosper in Hard Times is an easy-to-use, one-of-a-kind volume, combining inspirational advice on attracting prosperity, dealing with hardship, and keeping a positive attitude no matter what. A necessary handbook for our era, this audio is filled with ageless wisdom that resonates as strongly today as when it was first written. Here are the time-tested principles that will help you tap inner reserves you never knew you had.

    Stephen says: "Not what I was expecting at all!"
  • Hard Time: A V.I. Warshawski Novel | Sara Paretsky

    Hard Time: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Jean Smart
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    What secrets hide behind the razzle-dazzle of the entertainment industry? V.I. Warshawski is about to find out. Her friend, reporter Murray Ryerson, has just landed a plum job as host of a Global Entertainment network television show. On her way home from the party celebrating the event, V.I. stops to help a woman lying in the street. Her Good Samaritan act exposes dark truths, and suddenly V.I. finds herself playing a game she can only win by staying alive.

    Ron says: "Excellence Marred By Poor Technology"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    Hard Times is Dickens's most political novel. Set in the industrial north of England, in Coketown, he examines the lives of working people, who are taught by the capitalists Gradgrind and Bounderby to think only of the facts of life and not to indulge in imagination. Gradgrind’s own children have been so educated and as a result are dysfunctional and disconnected from their feelings. Only the travelling circus company of Sleary seems to offer any hope of humanity in Coketown.

    Bonny says: "Very glad I kept going!"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    Hard Times is Dickens' scathing portrait of Victorian industrial society and its misapplied utilitarian philosophy. And Thomas Gradgrind is one of his most richly dimensional, memorable characters. Filled with the details and wonders of small-town life, Hard Times is also a daring novel of ideas---and ultimately a celebration of love, hope, and the limitless possibilities of the imagination.

    connie says: "great satire on educational system"
  • Doing Hard Time: Stone Barrington, Book 27 | Stuart Woods

    Doing Hard Time: Stone Barrington, Book 27

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
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    When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York. But trouble never takes a vacation, and it has a way of finding Stone. A case that had seemingly been resolved has returned in full force - with lethal results. And this deadly situation makes for strange bedfellows when Stone finds himself teamed with the least likely ally…a gentleman of unique abilities, who can fly below the radar and above the law.

    k. says: "Done With Stone..."
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times | Jennifer Worth

    Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

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    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    Despite the title, Dickens's portrayal of early industrial society is less relentlessly grim than that in novels by contemporaries such as Elizabeth Gaskell or Charles Kingsley. Hard Times weaves the tale of Thomas Gradgrind, a hard-headed politician who raises his children Louisa and Tom without love; of Sissy, the circus girl with love to spare who is deserted and adopted into their family; and of the honest mill worker Stephen Blackpool and the bombastic mill owner Josiah Bounderby.

    Jefferson says: "A Classic: Head vs. Heart in an Industrial Hell"
  • Beyond Survival: Building on the Hard Times - a POW's Inspiring Story | Gerald Coffee

    Beyond Survival: Building on the Hard Times - a POW's Inspiring Story

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    • By Gerald Coffee
    • Narrated By Gerald Coffee
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    Beyond Survival is a journey into the invincible human spirit that unites heart and mind in a compelling and unforgettable experience. Drawing from his seven years as a POW, Captain Coffee provides timeless lessons that apply to the physical, emotional, and ethical challenges of everyday life.Proving that leadership and creativity are possible in difficult and uncertain circumstances, Captain Coffee uses sound effects and , multiple voice actors to tell the story and offer a message we can draw on in any trying situation.

  • Fast Profits in Hard Times: 10 Secret Strategies to Make You Rich in an Up or Down Economy | Jordan E. Goodman

    Fast Profits in Hard Times: 10 Secret Strategies to Make You Rich in an Up or Down Economy

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    • By Jordan E. Goodman
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    In Fast Profits in Hard Times, Jordan Goodman provides a wealth of five-minute tips for earning extra income the easy way, without unnecessary risk or extra legwork. Find out about 100 stocks that offer free premiums if you reinvest their dividends; how to profit from Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIPs) quickly and safely; tax liens, which can provide risk-free interest of up to 25%; trading stock options and how it can be, contrary to popular belief, very low-risk with the right knowledge and tools; and more.

    S. Williams says: "Easy to understand and helpful."
  • The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Hard Times | David Timson

    The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Hard Times

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    David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature.

  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alistair Maydon
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    Published 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.

    Hazel says: "mediocre story brilliantly read"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alastair Cameron
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    Hard Times, set in 19th century England, explores the moral and social thinking of the time. The rise of self-interest and the climb to the top has forced people to dehumanize themselves, and be more like the machines that run their daily lives. The Gradgrind family learns all too well the effects of social status on the soul as the family patriarch masks his own selfish interests in charitable donations and funding of schools.

  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    Self-made cotton mill owner and braggart Josiah Bounderby marries Thomas Gradgrind's daughter, Louisa. He later accuses a dismissed laborer of stealing from his bank, but the culprit's identity is revealed as a surprise to everyone! This Dickens tale, about the pratfalls of utilitarianism and the gifts of joy and love, is an underappreciated classic.

  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Michael Pennington
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    Penguin Classics presents the abridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens’ Hard Times, a stark exposure of capitalist exploitation during the Industrial Revolution, as read by Michael Pennington. Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school headmaster and model of utilitarian success. Feeding both his pupils and family with facts, he bans fancy and wonder from any young minds.

  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    In the squalor of a textile town, successful businessman and arch-pragmatist Thomas Gradgrind, proclaiming that he is a self-made man, teaches his children to suppress their imaginations and embrace hard facts. He arranges the marriage of his daughter Louisa to Josiah Bounderby, an unattractive, boastful manufacturer who is thirty years older than she. Gradgrind believes that he has succeeded as a father when his son Thomas goes to work in Bounderby's bank.

  • India’s New Budget Aims to Spur Economy, Hit Hard by Cash Shortage | Geeta Anand

    India’s New Budget Aims to Spur Economy, Hit Hard by Cash Shortage

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    • By Geeta Anand
    • Narrated By Kristi Burns
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    Trying to spur an Indian economy hard hit by its cash shortage, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled plans Wednesday for next year’s budget that would significantly increase spending on infrastructure, rural areas and poverty programs.

    "India’s New Budget Aims to Spur Economy, Hit Hard by Cash Shortage" is from the February 01, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Geeta Anand and narrated by Kristi Burns.

  • Short Answers to Hard Questions about Weight Loss | Gina Kolata

    Short Answers to Hard Questions about Weight Loss

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    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
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    "Short Answers to Hard Questions about Weight Loss" is from the May 04, 2016, Health section of The New York Times. It was written by Gina Kolata and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

  • The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times | Stephen G. Post

    The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times

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    • By Stephen G. Post
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
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    The world's religions affirm it to be so and recent research across a number of disciplines tell us that "Helping others not only benefits those we assist but is good for us as well." The recent and astonishingly generous outpouring of help and donations in response to the earthquake in Haiti is a clear demonstration of this phenomenon, but what if we could be convinced to make helping others a way of life, even when times are hard?

    Martin Goldberg says: "Wonderful Book"
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