My first real classical listen was The Count of Monte Cristo. Dumas got me hooked on classics. Two Cities required my profound attention to follow. I found myself rewinding constantly. I listen while driving on highways.
To be clear I am not dissing the book. I gave it 5 stars across the board based strictly off the reputation. The narrator was excellent.The book went back. I would enjoy this book more in print than audio.
I am a New York musician, a New York native, and a passionate reader of fiction. Audible is helping me fill in some serious literary gaps.
I am a fairly well-read person, yet I'd managed to miss this cornerstone work for my entire life. I am very glad that I encountered it in the voice of Simon Vance. He is a superb reader, with a fine sense of timing and drama. I was riveted by the story and (I admit it) I wept at the end, sobbed like a baby. Maybe it was good that I waited so long to get to this great book!
After a really tedious beginning, the story delivers an amazing finish. Dickens delivers a powerful, timeless, message about good, evil, sacrifice, and horrific political choices.
Amazing performance of an amazing title. I can't believe I've never read this one before, and I am very glad I did so with this recording. Simon Vance is my hero. I highly recommend any book he reads - especially the Sherlock Holmes series!
I loved the language! It was beautiful and inspiring to hear the English language crafted and employed so expertly.
The story is really good too! Set in the time of the French Revolution, the plot has an array of memorable characters brought to life with the writers amazing linguistic virtuosity. And there is an incredible story that begins to pull you in and leave you desperate to read the next part and find out what happens.
Also notable are the philosophical and spiritual stirrings which tie everything together towards the end of the story. These seem to offer ideas of religious and cosmic scale. They seem to contain great truths about history and about humankind and about the unknown and unknowable dimensions.
This book is phenomenal if you like language, and how words sound. And it's just excellent fiction.
Read it. You'll love it!
I had a couple of long journeys, with not much else to do. Without this I doubt I would have finished this book. The first three quarters of the novel are hard going. However it completely redeems itself in the run to the finish. The final few hours of listening were a joy. Was it worth the slog? I think so, but only just......
The characters are so rich and unique, they must have seemed so real 100 years ago and they seem real to me today. Dickens has captured the essence of human existence that is not bound to time or place. Simon Vance gives an amazing performance with a different voice and accent for each character. Thank you Audible!!