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あらすじ・解説

Red brick, machinery, and smoke-darkened chimneys. Reason, facts, and statistics. This is the world of Coketown, the depressed mill town that is the setting for one of Charles Dickens's most powerful and unforgettable novels.

The highest priority for Thomas Gradgrind, head of the Gradgrind model day school, is his version of education - feeding the mind while starving the soul and spirit. Inflexible and unyielding, he places conformity above curiosity and sense over sentiment...only to find himself betrayed by the very standards that govern his own unhappy life.

Hard Times is Dickens' scathing portrait of Victorian industrial society and its misapplied utilitarian philosophy. And Thomas Gradgrind is one of his most richly dimensional, memorable characters. Filled with the details and wonders of small-town life, Hard Times is also a daring novel of ideas---and ultimately a celebration of love, hope, and the limitless possibilities of the imagination.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • connie
  • 2009/04/11

great satire on educational system

More than Dickens' usual over-the-top tale of the unjust hard times of the working poor, "Hard Times" skewers the industrial education model, on which we still function to some degree. When I did my teacher training, I wish I had been assigned this novel rather than a dozen scholarly articles that made the same points, but in the "Gradgrind" way. As usual, Dickens slips into occasional pathos with one dimensional caricatues, but with his wonderfully entertaining prose, he can get away with even that. Prebble's narration is wonderful as usual.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • marian
  • 2011/05/12

Simon Prebble is a gift from God

I have listened to stories all my life, and thought my mother was perhaps the most gifted reader born, (to hear her Piglet and Pooh was to understand the elasticity of love). But Simon Prebble is better. I will listen to everything he has recorded; it's my new purpose. No one else could have done Sleary justice; he becomes more than my own mind had made him when I read Hard Times so long ago: from Prebble's tongue he is a monument of dignity with a slippery 's'. And Prebble's reading of Susanna Clarke's work is perhaps even more astonishing - footnotes and all. I'm blissed out!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharon
  • 2010/07/17

Classic Book, Classic Audiobook

One of Dickens' shorter novels, "Hard Times" is uncomplicated, easy to follow, and one of the author's more melancholy works. It is filled with memorable characters and is extremely moving. Simon Prebble, an always excellent narrator, adds tremendously to the pleasure of this audiobook and brings this piece of moral literature beautifully to life.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • William L. Scarry
  • 2017/10/24

An early Dickens Classic

Another classic by Dickens. Wonderful performance, as always, by Simon Prebble. The story wobbles a wee bit here and there, as this is one of Dickens' earlier works. But, in usual Dickens fashion, there are plenty of colorful characters who play their parts perfectly, as the author unwinds his wonderful story of morality, justice and hope. I prefer Great Expectations, but this is a beautiful story as well.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • arup roy
  • 2021/11/29

The narrator brings the book to life

The book is Dickens's most political work.
Beautifully narrated.
Simon Prebble and Stephen Fry are two of my favourite narrators on Audible.