Excellently read with totally believable characters.brings Dickens to life with great authenticity.sorry it has ended.
A wonderful story that is unenriched by a masterful performance from Martin Jarvis. One of the best audiobooks I have heard.
"Brutal and gripping story brilliantly narrated"
I listened to this straight after listening to Pickwick Papers (another great reading by David Timson) and you would hardly believe they were both written by the same author. As well as being a great story it was also a great education as to how things were at that time and encouraged me to do more research of the period. I am so impressed by the amazing talent of Martin Jarvis. I've listened to him read, or I should say perform, Hard Times and Great Expectations and he really makes it an experience to remember. I just can't work out how he does it, surely he doesn't just sit down and read it off live...there must be overdubs and editing surely?!...it's brilliant anyway!
I love books. Love to hold them, feel and smell the pages so I thought I would not like audio books. I gave this a try because of a promotion and now I'm converted. This particular book came to life in the expert hands of the narrator who managed to 'play' so many characters successfully. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Funny, intricate, Good & Bad Characters. And terribly sad. In short - Dickens!
"Oldies are good"
Only the second Dickens book I have read and it is another good read, stayed enthralled throughout, I highly recommend .
"A classic book"
loved it, good book to listen to while you work. recommended for a good listen over a week.
"Central casting gets it right"
I have recently finished Great Expectations and a Tale of Two Cities, both read by Martin Jarvis. I was initially disappointed at the choice – he is an obvious choice and somewhat over exposed.
However, I would grudgingly concede that he is an excellent interpreter of Dickens' work – he gets into character, into so many characters, that in the end I can forgive him for his slight air of pomposity.
These two novels were written almost concurrently by Dickens. They are both treasures and both very different.
"Another great performance by Martin Jarvis"
Martin Jarvis excels in his narration of this Dickens classic, in particular during the second book as the pace gathers. A fabulous tale of political intrigue, social upheaval and heroic sacrifice.
"Dickens through Jarvis"
Martin Jarvis is a master in conveying the authentic voice and thus the many voices that comprise the work of Charles Dickens. It is eerily mesmerizing how he draws you close enough to Dickens' world that you can feel the heavy fog that shrouds a London long past. In a word Martin Jarvis , I think you are 'capital ' !