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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.

    David A. Jones says: "A somewhat dreary story"
  • 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 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"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • 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.

  • 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..."
  • 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

    • 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"
  • Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland | Edward McClelland

    Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland

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    • 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 | 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.

  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • 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"
  • Welcome to Hard Times: A Novel | E. L. Doctorow

    Welcome to Hard Times: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • 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 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"
  • Maintaining a Decluttered Space: The Applicable Guide on How to Maintain the Decluttered Haven You've Created After Putting in the Hard Work and Time to Unclutter and Organize Your Home or Office | Elena Dupont

    Maintaining a Decluttered Space: The Applicable Guide on How to Maintain the Decluttered Haven You've Created After Putting in the Hard Work and Time to Unclutter and Organize Your Home or Office

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Elena Dupont
    • Narrated By Tanya Goffman
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    Learning to declutter our lives is a lifelong task that we all need to take seriously. When we are children, we have our parents following us around and cleaning up after us. As we enter the teenage years, we begin to take on responsibilities and begin to give ourselves structure. When we become adults, we soon become aware that there is too much to do and very little time to do it. This is where setting a plan and a goal will help us develop strong habits.

  • 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.

  • Prayer: 100 Powerful Prayers to Keep Your Faith in Hard Times | Ben Lance

    Prayer: 100 Powerful Prayers to Keep Your Faith in Hard Times

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    • By Ben Lance
    • Narrated By Leonard Sicilian
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    This audiobook provides prayers that you can pray especially when storms come into your life. These storms may not come on the scale of a flood or a major disaster, but they may bring sorrow and pain - an illness, a death in the family, or even separation and betrayal. But in the midst of all these painful experiences and hard times, there are prayers that you can pray to the Father and with the help of the Holy Spirit.

  • Gay: Hard: First Time Gay Romance | Kathleen Hope

    Gay: Hard: First Time Gay Romance

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    • By Kathleen Hope
    • Narrated By Karl Michaels
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    My gaze dropped to his mouth. It was so tempting, and I suddenly wanted to kiss him again. But for real this time. And just to add fuel to the fire, he ran his tongue over his bottom lip. Slowly, I leaned forward and pressed my mouth to his. After a moment, he parted his lips, an invitation for me to explore his mouth, which I took.

  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
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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.

  • 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 Time: Life with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in America's Toughest Jail | Shaun Attwood

    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.

    Pamela M. says: "Eye Opener!"
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