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E.L. Doctorow

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. Blue begins to rebuild Hard Times, welcoming new settlers, while Molly waits with vengeance in her heart for the return of the outlaw. Here is E. L. Doctorow's debut novel, a searing allegory of frontier life that sets the stage for his subsequent classics. "A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil." -The Washington Post "We are caught up with these people as real human beings." -Chicago Sun-Times "Dramatic and exciting." -The New York Times "Terse and powerful." -Newsweek "A taut, bloodthirsty read." -The Times Literary Supplement "A superb piece of fiction." -The New Republic

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. Blue begins to rebuild Hard Times, welcoming new settlers, while Molly waits with vengeance in her heart for the return of the outlaw. Here is E. L. Doctorow's debut novel, a searing allegory of frontier life that sets the stage for his subsequent classics. "A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil." -The Washington Post "We are caught up with these people as real human beings." -Chicago Sun-Times "Dramatic and exciting." -The New York Times "Terse and powerful." -Newsweek "A taut, bloodthirsty read." -The Times Literary Supplement "A superb piece of fiction." -The New Republic
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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. Blue begins to rebuild Hard Times, welcoming new settlers, while Molly waits with vengeance in her heart for the return of the outlaw. Here is E. L. Doctorow's debut novel, a searing allegory of frontier life that sets the stage for his subsequent classics. "A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil." -The Washington Post "We are caught up with these people as real human beings." -Chicago Sun-Times "Dramatic and exciting." -The New York Times "Terse and powerful." -Newsweek "A taut, bloodthirsty read." -The Times Literary Supplement "A superb piece of fiction." -The New Republic

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Rubinstein

Length:

6h 28m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:50

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:34


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:36


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:20


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:14


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:56


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:47


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:46


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:56


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:12


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:18


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:28


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:51


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:11


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:55


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:51


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:23


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:39


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:15


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:10


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:53


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:04


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:10


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:35


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:36


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:09


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

00:35