"A Tale of Two Cities"
I loved this. I think it is my favourite Dickens novel. I got my friend who could never read beyond chapter 3 to listen to this. She enjoyed it so much that as soon as she finished she immediately began listening to it from the beginning. The narrator is excellent and his reading immerses you into the story that you are there. I will certainly listen to this again and I know my friend will, too. In fact she chided me for not telling her about listening to the audiobook before.
"Dickens and Jarvis doing what they each do best"
Martin Jarvis employs his great range in making each of the many characters in this book burst into life. And it's a great story of injustice and hate, full of initial mystery which unfolds layer after layer as it draws all the players togther in the final act. Some of Dickens lends itself to some judicially abridging but 'A Tale of Two Cities' all in all stays on track and is worth going the full distance.
"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.
"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.
"Amazing novel, and superb performance"
This book somehow got past me all my life till now but it is a must-read. Very contemporary in feel with its treatment of oppression, revolution, and the terrible consequences of both. Dickens treats these awful matters with a startling lucid lack of sentimentality.
Though I knew the first and last lines by heart because they are so often quoted, only now do I begin to understand them.
The reading by Martin Jarvis is absolutely wonderful. He does the individual voices without descending into unnecessary pastiche, and he captures the irony and imagery of the main text extremely well. I have never heard a better reading of any book.
Dickens never fails to disappoint and Martin Jarvis brings the story to life with his excellent reading.
Yes, indeed I am listening to it again straightaway. It's so nicely performed that I had to check if it was read out by really just one person (!) ... - Good work. Thanks
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!
"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,
"I should have read this years ago!"
The superb performance by Martin Jarvis made this book a great listening experience.
He made each character come alive and be easily distinguishable. He brought a clear picture of each person and their character into my minds eye and the individual characters were flawlessly maintained throughout the narration.
Love conquers all....
Having never enjoyed reading the set books at school I felt that I should now start to read some of the great classics as I enter my 63rd year! This was an amazing revelation......I should have read the book years ago.
I now look forward to reading more of the old books that I avoided in my school years. Dickens really was a master tale teller.