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......
I never realized how utterly entertaining Charles Dickens is...the characters are so well developed and SUCH characters! I will be listening to this one many times.
The disgusting picture of the women knitting as they counted heads being chopped off. But the dramatic and exciting ending was the best.
I listened to this because it was a "classic" and I have been wanting to listen to more of those types of books. However, I just didn't find this book all that great. I guess if you easily buy into wanting the "good guys" to win then it might be more enjoyable. But Charles Dickens gives me very little reason to care more for the main characters than any of the others. Also he doesn't explore the side characters near enough and expects me to apply a lot of common traits to them that I wouldn't assume would be there. I am glad I listened to it because it helps me further refine my tastes but it was not all that enjoyable.
The narrator also narrated Dune which I listened to all of the books. It was a decent performance, but I feel it was lacking a but of emotion which might have helped with the characters in some slight way? But the narration was not distracting and was good.
Simon Vance does a great job narrating this wonderful book. The madness of crowds is scary, whether it's occupy Wall Street or the French Revolution.
One of my favorites of all time. I love Dickens, and TTC is Dickens at his best. All that said, the narration is like the rest of the immersion reads, mediocre, which would normally be okay, but such a book needs a good narrator.
read this in high school and have quoted the lines:: it was the best of times..... and.... it is a far far.... Listening to it again at 65 have it more meaning as life experiences along the way make the characters feeing so much mite real. at this age one can so much better understand. great book. everyone should have the experience of reading when young and then later in life!
I remember reading this in high school and being surprised by Dickens poetry. Yet it's taken me almost thirty years to return to the book. More than its famous opening and closing lines, the book asks important questions about who we are and what is justice. The narrator does a great job distinguishing all the different characters. I often lose track of Dickens bewildering, sprawling casts of characters, but odd not have that problem with this presentation.