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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.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
  • 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.

    Kristi Richardson says: "With a name like Choakemchild what could go wrong?"
  • 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..."
  • 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.

  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times | Jennifer Worth

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • 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 (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.

  • Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression | Mildred Armstrong Kalish

    Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

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    • By Mildred Armstrong Kalish
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
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    As foreclosure fragments her family, five-year-old Mildred and her three siblings find refuge with her grandparents enjoying a modest retirement. When the "little heathens" flush the seniors and their child-rearing skills out of retirement, the grandparents deploy tough but loving bedtime schedules, Bible and prayer routines, and plenty of character-building chores. Having no electricity or indoor plumbing and with little heat or money on the farm, Mildred learns to find joy in the priceless blessings of life.

    Susan says: "Makes you appreciate today's living"
  • Welcome to Hard Times: A Novel | E. L. Doctorow

    Welcome to Hard Times: A Novel

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    • By E. L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
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    Hard Times is the name of a town in the barren hills of the Dakota Territory. To this town there comes one day one of the reckless sociopaths who wander the West to kill and rape and pillage. By the time he is through and has ridden off, Hard Times is a smoking ruin. The de facto mayor, Blue, takes in two survivors of the carnage - a boy, Jimmy, and a prostitute, Molly, who has suffered unspeakably - and makes them his provisional family.

    Jean says: "A lesson in moral and civic responsiblity"
  • 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 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"
  • Hard Time: A V.I. Warshawski Novel | Sara Paretsky

    Hard Time: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

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    • By Sara Paretsky
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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 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"
  • Hard Times (Dramatised) | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times (Dramatised)

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Steve Hodson, Tom Baker, David` Holt
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    In the polluted and poverty-ridden Coketown, Louisa and Tom Gradgrind endure a cold and loveless childhood at the hands of their self-satisfied and unimaginative father, Thomas. Starved of affection, Louisa is forced into a miserable marriage with the self-made industrialist Josiah Bounderby, 30 years her senior, whilst Tom descends into a secret life of theft. Into such squalor and misery comes generous and spirited Sissy Jupe, a child of the circus whose ailing father, Sleary, has deserted her.

  • If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown: 10 Hard-Charging Strategies for Leading in Politically Correct Times | Dave Anderson

    If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown: 10 Hard-Charging Strategies for Leading in Politically Correct Times

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    • By Dave Anderson
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    You'll find the following in If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown: four politically incorrect traits you must weave into your leadership style; how to eliminate entitlements and send the moochers in your organization packing; how to give four types of effective feedback to employees to improve performance; 25 sample performance and behavioral expectations that enhance accountability; a step-by-step plan to restart your momentum when you lose it; and much, much more!

    Dave says: "The truth"
  • Irish Thunder: The Hard Life & Times of Micky Ward | Bob Halloran

    Irish Thunder: The Hard Life & Times of Micky Ward

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    • By Bob Halloran
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    "Irish" Micky Ward grew up in the 1970s and ’80s as a tough kid from Lowell, Massachusetts - a town where boxers were once bred as a means of survival. A hard worker who overcame bad luck, bad management, and chronic pain in his hands, he avoided the pitfall of poverty and dead-end work that plagued Lowell to become a Golden Gloves junior welterweight. Ward participated in street fights from an early age and was forever known by his opponents and spectators as the underdog.

    K. Mclemore says: "Wow--Inspiring and Entertaining,"
  • 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."
  • Hard Revolution | George Pelecanos

    Hard Revolution

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    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By Lance Reddick
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    Derek Strange is a rookie cop, the job he's dreamed of since he was a boy. His brother, Dennis, has not been as fortunate; home from the service with a disability pension and zero prospects, he is a man with good intentions but bad habits. Derek has always looked out for Dennis, but no amount of brotherly love can save him from the dangerous world of Alvin Jones, a local bottom-feeder, hustler, and stone killer who draws him into his web of violence.

    Alton says: "Vintage Pelecanos"
  • Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit, and the Era of Predatory Lenders | James D. Scurlock

    Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit, and the Era of Predatory Lenders

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    • By James D. Scurlock
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    Maxed Out exposes the recent history and culture of debt for all of its absurdities and contradictions. The world's largest financial institutions are trolling for customers - from the nouveau riche to the poorest members of society, who counter-intuitively make for the largest profits. By turns hilarious, fascinating, and deeply disturbing, Maxed Out is ultimately one observer's answer to the question, "Why can't we get out of debt?"

    Vikki says: "FANTASTIC"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    This short novel follows the fate of Sissy Jupe, a warm-hearted circus child, and the family that adopts her. Deserted by her ailing father, Sissy is taken into the cold household of the Gradgrind family, which operates a school. The "eminently practical" Thomas Gradgrind believes only in facts and figures and has raised his children accordingly, thoroughly suppressing the imaginative side of their nature, and the consequences are devastating.

  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

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    • By Charles Dickens
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    'Now what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life…'. So says Thomas Gradgrind in Dickens' immortal story set in the North of England in the 19th century. Gradgrind, a local industrialist, gave this advice to his children, set against a backdrop of huge wealth and even huger poverty, where the rich marry for money and the poor cannot afford to divorce.

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