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Hard Times (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – July 15, 2008
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Grade 7-12-Dickens' satire on the Victorian family and the philosophies of a society which sought to turn men into machines.
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David Timson reads Dickens's last complete novel with a sense of fun. As always, Dickens creates a fabulous array of characters: the nouveau riche Veneerings, the dwarf who makes doll clothes, the bizarre schoolmaster, and the abysmally poor who trawl the Thames for bodies or daily sift the dust and dirt of Victorian England for a skimpy living. Timson's dramatic talents add dimension to each personality-just the sort of acting that makes an audio experience so satisfying. Naxos has done a fine job of abridging the book (Timson also reads the unabridged version on 28 CDs). Not much is lost in terms of plot and characterization, and Dickens's great satiric and social themes come through clearly: the plight and misery of the poor and the greed and heartless stupidity of the rich. If the abridgment seems a bit disjointed, it simply follows the novel's narrative style. This is a wonderful listen for Dickens fans and novices alike. - Pulbisher's Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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of unfortunate events that do not resolve themselves to anybodies satisfaction. Thus the appropriate title. These are hard times indeed. I found the language usage difficult to read. Dickens insisted on writing in a way meant to convey the accents of the various people in the story and some where very hard to discern. This made , for me at least, difficult reading. Still in all it was well worth the effort.