The good folks at Tantor Media are offering a new limited-time FREE MP3 download of Hard Times by Charles Dickens!
As usual you will need to have an account, and to login. Start by clicking HERE. Accounts are free and do not require a credit card. After logging in you will be redirected back to the Hard Times page, and there you will be able to find the download link. Hard Times should be available for FREE through August 31, 2011. Unlike previous FREE releases from Tantor this audiobook comes with a PDF of the entire text as well.
By Charles Dickens; Read by Simon Prebble
37 Zipped MP3 Files and PDF Ebook – Approx. 12 Hours 30 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Tantor Media
Published: January 12, 2009
Full of suspense, humor, and tenderness, Hard Times is a brilliant defense of art in an age of mechanism and a blistering portrait of Victorian England as it struggles with the massive economic turmoil brought on by the Industrial Revolution. 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’s 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.
Finally, Tantor is offering a special promotional code that may be of interest. To get $80 worth of audiobooks, when you spend $40, (until 8/31/11) use the promo code “Aug11” (without the quotation marks) upon checkout.
Posted by Jesse Willis