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Hard Times (dramatic reading)

Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens' 1854 novel opens with the philosophy of education espoused by the eminently practical Mr. Gradgrind, who prizes "facts and calculations." He raises his children, most prominently Louisa and Tom, to eschew imagination and emotion and embrace order and reason. The results are disastrous: Louisa marries out of duty to the supposed self-made man Mr. Bounderby, while Tom grows up dissolute, ultimately commits theft and blames it on an unfortunate laborer, Stephen Blackpool. Set in the fictional Coketown, a mill town in the north of England, Dickens' novel satirizes capitalism, social mobility, class stratification, and Utilitarianism. This dramatic reading of the novel features a full cast of LibriVox volunteers, who lend their voices to Dickens' vibrant comic characters. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) Cast Narrator: Bob Neufeld Mr. Gradgrind: Marty Kris Sissy Jupe: J L Raimundo Bitzer: mb Gentleman: Tom Crawford Louisa Gradgrind: Arielle Lipshaw Mr. Bounderby: Andy Minter Mrs. Gradgrind: Beth Thomas Tom Gradgrind: Max Korlinge Mr. E. W. B. Childers: David Lawrence Master Kidderminster: Elizabeth Klett Mr. Sleary: Ron Altman Mrs. Sparsit: Elizabeth Klett Stephen Blackpool: Nigel Boydell Rachael: Karen Savage Mrs. Blackpool: Bev J. Stevens Mrs. Pegler: Sally McConnell James Harthouse: Algy Pug Slackbridge: John Steigerwald Voice 1: sylly Voice 2: J L Raimundo Jane Gradgrind: Goldfish Waiter: Nigel Boydell Man: Algy Pug Clown: Bev J. Stevens Text prepared by Arielle Lipshaw and Elizabeth Klett Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

12h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

33:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

34:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

30:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

31:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

32:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

23:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

22:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

24:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

23:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

26:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

29:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

16:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

13:30