This is a wonderful classic which vividly brings out the conditions in France just before the revolution.
The one thing which clearly comes out of the story amidst all the deep shades of good and evil is the human side - their capacity to do both good and evil, to rise up in love and stoop down in malice - the author has beautifully shown how both co-exist.
The scene where Sidney Carton kisses the child of Lucy and murmurs his expectation to be remembered by the family just before leaving brought tears to my eyes.
This is a pretty long book, and not of the type where you don't want to leave it wondering what will happen next. Moreover, I had read the book, so knew the story. This is a pure classic where you move along the narration at at an easy pace, and pick up seamlessly from where you stopped last time.
He brought the characters to life! I tried reading it and kept falling asleep, but the narrator brought a richness and depth of character that has made it a really enjoyable listen.
Artfuk Social Reflection
Both the elegance of the writing and the skillfulness in portraying, describing, and satirically addressing social, historical,moral, common, uncommon events and subjects.
All are masterfully done
Both.there are many heart-wrenching moments, and also many lovely, laudable, and some funny moments.
This is one of the few works of literature that are deemed 'classics' that I have thoroughly enjoyed! And listening to the narration of Simon Vance helped bring this work alive.
READ IT! LISTEN TO IT!
Dicken's ability to capture the French Revolution was amazing
I listened to this book while sitting in traffic on the way to and from work. Driving in Manila traffic is normally the worst part of my day. However, I found myself looking forward to the drive so I could listen to more of Dicken's tale. Also, Simon Vance did a great job reading the story, he made the characters come alive.
This has been the most satisfying experience I've had with audio books so far. The others were good, but so far this has been the best.
The language is compelling and thought provoking. Dickens weaves an amazing story fleshing out all the characters to the fullest, arriving finally to a perfect finish.
I have not listened to Simon Vance before. The voice he gives to each character is perfect, well delivered, and perfectly timed. I'm sure to listen to him again.
The book surprised me. It's been quite a while since I've felt such a large variety of different emotions in a single book. Charles Dickens creates so believable a set of characters and situations that I found myself hoping and fearing for them often. Just fiction, but such a display of the human condition that I could identify with the many truths behind the fiction, and so felt real grief and hope and love.
the connectivity of characters
The escape and death of madame Defarge
A Tale Of Two Cities
Very nice reading of this great classic. I very much enjoyed listening to it.
Excellent classic with fun plot and interesting dramatization with a historical back drop.
The genius of Charles Dickens is, in my opinion, most poignantly evident in the mastery with which he weaves ornate tapestries of plotlines like colored thread and the majestic soul of the embroidered product. When reading Dickens, I feel as though I am watching the master draw forth here a thread of one color and there one of quite another that often seems discordant or at least out of place. However, as the inevitability and profound beauty of first the pattern, then the picture, and finally the panorama dawns, one cannot but help rejoicing in the author’s brilliant and steady hands.
As is true of all great artists, authors, and composers, it is not merely the technical prowess that is honored by posterity, for many may possess it, but rather the soul which it so faithfully preserves. The abilities of Dickens as a writer need not be mentioned, for they are plain enough. While it is easy to lose oneself in the delicate balance and aesthetic perfection of Dickens’ stories, the sooner one moves on from this revery and instead reflects upon the silent impact made in their own heart, the sooner they will begin knowing something about Charles Dickens.
This impact is unabashedly and undeniably of a spiritual, and primarily of a Christian nature. Convinced secular minds can certainly appreciate the literary talent but, by their very commitment to secularity, will remain unequal to the task of penetrating the most moving innermost themes in this and other novels by Dickens. Either these themes are vacuous drivel or eternal truths. This is no forum for philosophical debate but this is the crossroads all readers must navigate when reading authors of spiritual conviction.
This book, or shall I say, Charles Dickens himself is worthy of your time and attention. The wisdom he imparts, especially through the character of Sydney Carton, will forever change an open heart.
The story was intersting now and again. I did not like all the strange words in the book and the fact hat things were said over and over in different words. It causes youto loose the just of the story especially if you are not a fast reader.
It is never ending. The audio book made is seem interesting and it made it a faster read. The change in voice when different characters spoke helped in keeping ideas about characters together. Reading it on my own would have been list a long time ago.
At least we got the just of it amidst all the words - only due to the audio. Simon Vance did a wonderful job in making the story alive. Without the audio, I would not have finished the book.
Practice what you Preach
Very well written. Love the narrator's voice. It took me 300 years back so softly and without knowing I am deep drowned in the story.