Concentrated and compressed in its narrative form, Hard Times is at once a fable, a novel of ideas, and a social novel that seeks to engage directly and analytically with political issues. The central conflicts raised in the text, between government's duty not to intervene to guarantee the liberty of the subject, and between quantitative and qualitative assessments of progress, remain unresolved today in the late or post industrial stages of liberal democracies.
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"Fantastic book - wonderfully read"
Martin Jarvis brings this marvellous book to life with his extraordinarily skilful reading. Can't recommend highly enough.
This is another masterpiece from the master storyteller. Although this is not his finest work (it peters out towards the end). Nevertheless the story moves along at a good pace drawing the listener into the lives of this carefully intertwined group of classic Dickens characters.
As ever Martin Jarvis produces a tour de force of characterisation which enhances the story wonderfully.
"Martin Jarvis brings Dickens to life"
I've tried so hard to like Dickens, but I find I just can't read him.
Now I don't have to. Martin Jarvis does the job wonderfully well. His characterisations are simply superb. He brings the story to life marvellously.
This is a superb way to get into Dickens. I'll definitely be checking the others out.
A thoughtful book ,showing peoples feelings,and how they may or may not change,beautifully read.
I absolutely loved this audiobook. Having never read any Dickens, and having failed to read A Christmas Carol once again, I decided to give Audible a try. I am overwhelmed by Martin Jarvis's wonderful ability to bring a story to life, by Dickens' fantastic storytelling, and by audiobooks in general. I have just downloaded Great Expectations, and hope to soon be brave enough to read Dickens myself.
"Hardly a barrel of laughs not surprisingly"
I really enjoyed this relatively short audio book. I thought it was quite an appropriate message for these times actually. So much of the intricacies and wonders of life are subjected to cold, logical calculations and reasoning, causing slight embarrassment should it slip that perhaps some of it might just be unexplainable or incalculable. Another brilliant reading by Martin Jarvis, with an abundance of amazing characterisations. What a talent he has for this!
"A wonderful way to absorb Charles Dickens"
I find some of Dickens novels can be quite difficult to read and as I had never read Hard Times I was a little apprehensive how easy this novel would be to listen to but Martin Jarvis brings the characters to life and I was very pleased to have downloaded it. I shall be looking at the lists to find other Dickens that I have not read becuase the audio book is a super way of absorbing the story.
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