Many people more competent than I have reviewed and synopsised this story so this is just my thoughts on the story.
I didn't find A Tale of Two Cities nearly as engaging as the other Dickens works that I've read thus far, in fact it was a bit of a struggle to push through the middle of this one!
My main problem was that the whole story was very obvious from the get-go and it was just a case of progressing from point A to point B. I guess there's an argument that reading Dickens is more about enjoying the rich characterisation and the lavish and accurate descriptions of historic times and places. Whilst the latter was definitely an option, the characters in this story were just too one-dimensional (and pathetic) for me to really care about. This charge is probably a little extreme but given the authors track record I feel justified in expecting a higher level of quality from his works.
This version was read by Frank Muller, who was as fantastic as he usually is! The array of characters were provided consistent and appropriate voices and, while there are accents (which often upset people), to my oafish ear at least they sounded appropriate.
the entire book was riveting
great accents, good tone and timing, pleasant voice, enthusiastic and expressive
Long ago (60+ years), there was a vinyl record of Ronald Coleman reading this most affecting of stories. It was abridged, of course, but never failed to bring a tear. How much the more this presentation, full length, and read so expertly. Thanx for this!
The recording is a bit quiet and the story is slow compared to modern works but very rewarding if you stay tuned in to the details. In the end I enjoyed the pace and the narrators skills.
Great story, great narration. A bit hard to follow mind you but once you get in the groove my goodness. Interesting fun fact, this book was released in parts and people (often illiterate) would pay to have it read to them, so an audiobook is perhaps its truest form! I even think there is some saying or catchphrase that has derived from this practice can't remember what it is though. It's not a history book but the general feelings and events described I believe give a better understanding of the times than any historical book, and in terms of the readership and long lasting effect this book will be what defines humanity's remembrance and understanding of the French Revolution, excepting films. Don't mind the haters, I guess its just above their heads or something.
Too fast and the tone was so boring.
Could not finish but i guess the story is still a classic
Although I fell asleep many times while listening to the first half of the book and in fact had abandoned listening altogether, I did give it a second try and was very glad I did. I will listen again if for no other reason to pay closer attention to the character development.
The action in Paris during the revolution was all very compelling -sad but very memorable/
Can't say without giving up part of the plot.
The narration is superb!
Charles Dickens is, as we all know, a fantastic author of several classics, and A Tale of Two Cities is surely one of his greatest. Frank Muller's excellent performance of this work added even more quality to the book, so he must be praised for his clarity and eloquence, even when portraying characters in sorrow or rage - very well done, indeed.
It's hard for me to decide which character I enjoyed best until the last few chapters. I read the book in my teenage years, so I knew that Sydney Carton was a person of some significance; I just couldn't recall why. His actions were very inspiring, especially because of the lack of necessity in them. He really could've just tipped off Dr Manette as to Madame Defarge's plan, telling him to get Lucie and her daughter out. They would've been safe in their flight, though grieving for Charles Darnay. Carton's passion for Lucie is so great that he decides to take the place of the man who, in the quest for Lucie's love, could be considered his nemesis. The words running through his mind as he is preparing to be guillotined are profound, to say the least, and they are a way of comforting himself as he dreams of the future happiness of his love. But I also enjoy the short but comforting chat he has with the Seamstress, a young lady (who he addresses as his 'gentle sister') who is to be guillotined just before him, assuring her that there is no Time in the afterlife, so she will not be troubled in waiting for her younger cousin where she believes she and Carton will be 'mercifully sheltered.'
A great work of art that is well-performed by an excellent narrator. I look forward to more works by both Dickens and Mr Muller again!
Yes, parts of it many times. Dickens use of imagery and his insight into human emotions make him one of my favorite authors. His dialogue is not always natural, but is almost always wonderful. Makes you wish that people really talked that way.
The end of the story shows Dickens at his best. In addition, the scene between the released prisoner and his daughter is masterful.
Mr. Muller does a great job with the character's voices. His reading of Sydney Carton's last thoughts on the scaffold is stunning. (Yes, this it the "It's a far, far..." monologue.) You'll want to hear that part over and over again.
This is not much humor in this story, and it is basically dark and grim. It will take you a while to warm up to it. Dickens' shows the French peasants in their abject poverty and misery and in their pitiless revenge against the ruling class and the aristocracy.
As with most Dickens' writing, some parts are too long, there are too many coincidences, digressions are often too long and come at bad times, romantic love is...well...over-romanticized, etc. Some devices are more artful that realistic e.g. the elaborately written story found in the prisoner's cell. However, everything else is so well done that I find it easy to overlook the parts that work less well.
I tried, I really did, to listen to this classic. I read it many years ago in high school and thought I'd like to revisit it. The reader was very hard to understand - partly because of the way the thing is written.....long, windy sentences relating to things not of the immediate story. I realize Dickens isn't a feel good writer but this was just a downer.