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  • 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.

  • 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"
  • 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

    • 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.

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

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

  • How to Prosper in the Age of Obamanomics: A Ruff Plan for Hard Times Ahead

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    • By Howard J. Ruff
    • Narrated By Matt Rixx
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    Howard Ruff has been a fixture in the financial-advice world for more than 34 years. How to Prosper in the Age of Obamanomics presents some strategies for the everyday American who wants to protect and grow assets and select the investment vehicles that are most appropriate.

  • Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times

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    • By Suzan Colon
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    When Suzan Colón was laid off from her dream job at a magazine during the economic downturn of 2008, she needed to cut her budget way, way back, and that meant home cooking. Her mother suggested, "Why don't you look in Nana's recipe folder?" In the basement, Suzan found the tattered treasure, full of handwritten recipes, peppered with her grandmother Matilda's commentary in the margins. Reading it, Suzan realized she had found something more than a collection of recipes.

    George Semerenko says: "First Rate - a comforting word in difficult times"
  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    One of the most widely read of Dickens' major novels, Hard Times is Dickens' powerful and withering portrait of Coketown, a Lancashire mill town, in the 1840s. The novel is particularly harsh in indicting England's educational system, represented by Thomas Gradgrind, who runs a school in which he focuses on driving wonder, fancy, and imagination from children's minds to be replaced only by facts.

    Rob says: "Absolute Perfection"
  • 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.

    Kat says: "All wrapped up in a neat little bow..."
  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    In the spare, no-nonsense Gradgrind household, Tom and Louisa are raised according to their father's unyielding guiding philosophy: facts - nothing but facts. But while a ban on imagination is mere policy for the Gradgrind children, lack of whimsy is a necessary survival skill in Coketown, the grimy and grim working-class burg devoted to nothing but the relentless advance of industry...

    Darwin8u says: "Good Samaritan was indeed a bad economist"
  • Hard Time: Life with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in America's Toughest Jail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Shaun Attwood
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    Shaun Attwood was a millionaire day trader in Phoenix, Arizona, but his hedonistic lifestyle of drugs and parties came to an abrupt end in 2002 when a SWAT team broke down his door. Attwood found himself on remand in Maricopa Jail with a $750,000 cash bond and all of his assets seized. The nightmare was only just beginning as he was submerged in a jail in which rival gangs vied for control, crystal meth was freely available, and where breaking rules could result in beatings or death.

  • 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"
  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • 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"
  • Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward McClelland
    • Narrated By Ben Bartolone
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    The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region became the "arsenal of democracy" - the greatest manufacturing center in the world-in the years during and after World War II, thanks to natural advantages and a welcoming culture. Decades of unprecedented prosperity followed, memorably punctuated by riots, strikes, burning rivers, and oil embargoes. A vibrant, quintessentially American character bloomed in the region's cities, suburbs, and backwaters.

  • 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.

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

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    • 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.

  • 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!"
  • Save Your Small Business: 10 Crucial Strategies to Survive Hard Times or Close Down and Move On

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ralph Warner, Bethany K. Laurence
    • Narrated By Scott Slocum
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    Small businesses are vulnerable in tough economic times. Undercapitalized and with little experience coping with the legal and practical issues that come up during recession, many businesses fail as their profit margins drop and clients pay late - if at all. Save Your Small Business, written by a business owner who has survived three decades of challenges and economic downturns, provides 10 no-nonsense strategies designed to protect personal assets from creditors and survive the recession.

  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • 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.

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