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Hard times /

Main Author: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
Other Authors: Jose, Gwen.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1996
Series: Cambridge literature
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Review by Library Journal Review

Dickens would have loved listening to this audiobook. And why not? Martin Jarvis, a narrator acclaimed as an interpreter of Dickens, has put real flesh on the fictional bones of all the colorful characters who sound off in one lively scene after another. The plot concerns a brother and sister whose lives have been twisted by their father's rigid educational philosophy: "Facts, my dears, nothing but facts!" A moving subplot about a wronged millworker gives Dickens a platform for protesting the inhuman working and living conditions in a Midlands textile plant in the 1840s. Although unquestionably one of his darker books, Hard Times (1854) demonstrates once again why Dickens continues to captivate us. Adding sound to the words-as Jarvis has done-obviously makes the book even more captivating. Patrick Tull performed the same book-almost a one-man theatrical extravaganza-for Recorded Books (Audio Reviews, LJ 10/1/93). Although the quieter, more thoughtful interpretation by Jarvis is the better of the two, both are highly recommended.Jo Carr, Sarasota, FL(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-12-Dickens' satire on the Victorian family and the philosophies of a society which sought to turn men into machines. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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