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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 (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 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

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    • By Charles Dickens
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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

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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.

  • Doing Hard Time: Stone Barrington, Book 27 | Stuart Woods

    Doing Hard Time: Stone Barrington, Book 27

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    • By Stuart Woods
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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

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    • By Charles Dickens
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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
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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"
  • How to Prosper in Hard Times | Napoleon Hill

    How to Prosper in Hard Times

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    • 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!"
  • 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.

  • 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
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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

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    • By Charles Dickens
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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 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.

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

    Gay: Hard: First Time Gay Romance

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    • By Kathleen Hope
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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.

    Pam Audio-Listener says: "5 Hard Stars"
  • Welcome to Hard Times: A Novel | E. L. Doctorow

    Welcome to Hard Times: A Novel

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    • By E. L. Doctorow
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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.

    Rick says: "Grit on the Great Plains"
  • Hard Time: A V.I. Warshawski Novel | Sara Paretsky

    Hard Time: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

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    • 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"
  • 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
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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."
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Fight to Be Heard | Daniel Krieger

    Deaf and Hard of Hearing Fight to Be Heard

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    • By Daniel Krieger
    • Narrated By Keith Sellon-Wright
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    "Deaf and Hard of Hearing Fight to Be Heard" is from the March 26, 2016, U.S section of The New York Times. It was written by Daniel Krieger and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

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    • 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"
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