"Can cause embarrassment!"
Having struggled in the past with Dickens but having rediscoverd my love of Jane Austen via audible audiobooks - I took the plunge with the Tale of Two Cities since I am planning a trip to Paris soon. Well, what a wonderful experience. The beauty of the language, the devices Dickens uses like repetition, and the laugh out loud humour all came alive in this audiobook experience. All credit goes to Martin Jarvis - what a fantastic talent in voicing these characters, bringing the lyricism out so perfectly. However, I was unprepared for the emotional response the experience evoked - so if you are apt to shed a tear at poignant moments make sure you are on your own for the end of this and not walking home actually sobbing out loud like I was - how embarrassing!
"Brillant, moving and extremely well read."
i haven't read the print version, but I loved this audio one.
It put a personal, human perspective on history and therefore brought the times back to life
Hard to say, but the most moving was holding hands of condemned prisoners. I shed real tears over that.
no, I preferred to think about it in between readings.
I have read a number of Dickens and love them. This is the best one yet.
Yes. This is mainly due to Martin Jarvis's flawless performance.
Difficult as I've read (or listened to) very little like this. The closest, albeit a completely different kind of story, would be Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, due to the period setting, vivid descriptive passages and wide range of interesting characters.
He keeps up the pace, brings plenty of mood into the scenes, has clearly read ahead so that he knows exactly how a line should be delivered, but above all, his wonderful voice characterizations, which bring each of these 19th century types to life, warts and all.
Several surprisingly, particularly the exchanges between Carstons and Darnay.
I shall certainly be listening to more Dickens read by Martin Jarvis. Great!
"Possibly the best book in the world"
I tried to read this as a young man but struggled with the language. So it was with trepidation when I purchased this Dickens.
I will not review the book because my words can not do it justice but I will congratulate Martin Jarvis on a fabulous performance.
"Old friend revisited"
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book - It is superfluous to rate this classic tale, but it is became freshly accessible in this format. Martin Jarvis does an excellent job of distinguishing the many voices, male and female, and the pace of narration turned it into a real cliff-hanger. I was sorry to reach the end and will be looking up Martin Jarvis' other work,
"A reading that truly does the text justice."
One of the main reasons I listen to audio books is to reacquaint myself with novels I have read in the past. I loves books, not just for the stories they contain, but because they are books. I love the feel and the smell of the paper. I love the sense of anticipation of what the next page turn will bring.
But there are so many good books out there, and so little time. I won’t be on this Earth long enough to read all I want to read even once, let alone to re-read any of it! To do so would be at the exclusion of some other great story.
However some books demand re-reading, and that is where audio books have found their place in my life. Now, as I walk, drive, prepare dinner, do my ironing etc. I can re-visit some of the worlds greatest literature, and what better example of such a story than A Tale of Two Cities?
This is a remarkable book. The story is meticulously constructed and the world is described with Dickens’ trademark poetic attention to detail. It also suffers from the usual flaw in Dickens’ work, in that the characters are what E.M. Forster describes as being ‘flat’ and not ‘round’. However the story unfolds with such confident style and momentum that you are breathlessly swept along to the books immortal closing lines.
The text of A Tale of Two Cities speaks for itself. However, when Martin Jarvis speaks it, the story comes alive in a whole new way. He breathes such a distinct voice into each character that at times I was sure there was more than one person reading. He doesn't just read the story, he becomes it. During the storming of the Bastille I was so overwhelmed that I had to stop in the middle of the street, and I stood there enraptured until the siege had ended.
While I would always recommend just reading an actual book, especially if it is your first encounter with a story, this Martin Jarvis rendition of A Tale of Two Cities is definitely worth your time and money. Unquestionably five stars.
A wonderful story that is unenriched by a masterful performance from Martin Jarvis. One of the best audiobooks I have heard.
"A Jarvis of a Dickens"
Yes I would as I always pick up on the little things in life, the way things were done and tools and of course attitudes to some extent. Although this is the least favourite of Dickens's books I will still find there were things I missed first time round.
One of the first images of the old Doctor and how incarceration had affected him. It's so like the descriptions of how modern day ' house of horror ' type victims feel, I don't feel I should mention them by name but we all know who they are.
I did read this book many years ago but Martin Jarvis does a lovely job of voice acting as he does on any and all of the audio titles I have heard of his.He completely draws you in to the whole story be it character, atmosphere or action.
I find the whole book moves me which is why I find it the least of my favorite Dickens. I have to listen in segments as I am pretty sure the whole depiction is as near to a true one as actually happened regarding the political climate, poverty filth and squalor. The fictional characters are the vehicle that brings all to life.
Although fiction the whole atmosphere, is a dark a Dickens as you could find.There are sad, bad, difficult and downright squalid parts in all of the Maestro's works but for me this is the blackest.
"Slow book first then impossible to lay down"
Great work and very well performed. The pace was an issue for me at the beginning (felt too slow) but it was soon not a concern.
"Tale of two cities"
An excellent rendering of this famous tale, can be listened to over and over again, wonderful. Thoroughly recommend. Thsat's it.