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!
"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 ' !
"very interesting and love the language "
although it was long it kept me wanting to listen to more. it gave me insight into the times of the French revolution.
I am now a Dickens fan , I struggled in the beginning to enjoy the story or understand the full meaning as Dickens prose is so rich and the language complicated in parts . However I persevered , re listened and repeated until I got the flow and can honestly say it's one of the most brilliant stories I have listened to . I now have a much deeper understanding of the French Revolution . I loved it .
"Not the best of times for me I'm afraid."
I have really tried to listen to this book several times over eight years. I was a big fan of the Dickens I read at school and hoped to understand this book more. Unfortunately the start is just so slow it would need a listener with a great deal of patience to get through the first couple of hours.
Yes, although I am not going to until I've successfully completed this book.
Excellent soothing voice
The road to Paris. This seems a long way to add a small amount of backstory and not a lot happens.
The book is obviously a classic and Martin Jarvis is an excellent narrator, I am looking forward to completing the book one day and my opinion will probably be different then. For now though I cannot rate this higher.