Hard Times

Author: Charles Dickens

Introducer: Kate Flint

Read by: Michael Pennington

  • Penguin Classics
  • Format: Digital Audiobook
  • Published: 02 Feb 2012
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Charles Dickens: Hard Times (Audiobook Extract) read by Michael Pennington by Penguin Books UK

The abridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charle Dickens's Hard Time, a stark exposé of capitalist exploitation during the industrial revolution. 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. As a consequence his obedient daughter Louisa marries the loveless businessman and 'bully of humanity' Mr Bounderby, and his son Tom rebels to become embroiled in gambling and robbery. And, as their fortunes cross with those of free-spirited circus girl Sissy Jupe and victimized weaver Stephen Blackpool, Gradgrind is eventually forced to recognize the value of the human heart in an age of materialism and machinery.

Product details

  • Format: Digital Audiobook
  • ISBN: 9780141391724
  • Pages: 172
  • Published: 02 Feb 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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