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.
It's such a wonderful insight into the people, the times, the motivations underlying the French Revolution.
The bitter-sweet ending...
Just another fabulous, can't recommend it enough offering from Dickens on Audible.
I had previously tried reading the book, but just couldn't get into it. So I thought I'd try listening to it instead. While this Frank Muller is much better than the previous version I tried listening to, I still haven't gotten through it and am not really sure what's going on. I'm an avid classics reader, but somehow this one just doesn't speak to me.
I loved the story and the history about the French Revolution. Also the main characters were fascinating people.
The ending was the most moving and memorable.
suspenseful, wordy, dark
The final escape sequence.
The ending was emotional and pulled at my heart strings.
What more is there for me to say. Read it at school, again when older but it was marvellous to have it read to me by such a marvellous narrator. Thank you for the opportunity.
The narration of Frank Muller was wonderful with French and English accents that brought the story to life.
The twists and turns the story takes at the end!
No... this was the first one, but I do have Great Expectations to listen to next.
The ending was so well read.
The narrator was superb. I'm not sure I could follow the Dickens' convoluted language reading my self.
His ability to do both men's and women's voice without sounding foolish