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Piratical Moll

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Spokane, WA USA | Member Since 2011

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  • A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jon Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    In this staple of classic literature, Charles Dickens tells the tale of fueding classes set at the inception and escalation of the French Revolution. Amidst the upheaval, righteous former aristocrat Charles Darnay becomes wrongly tangled in unfortunate events, endangering his freedom and family. Sidney Carton, a cynical lawyer who squandered his life away, seeks to redress his unhappiness through Darnay's beautiful wife, Lucie.

    Linda says: "A Great Classic Performed With Perfection"
    "Yes You Too Can Ruin a Classic!"
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    This really great story was all but destroyed, weighed down by a narrator who seemed to simply not give a hoot that he consistently mispronounced words, names, places (hearing the Madame and Monsieur Defarge pronounced Defrage throughout the reading - I swear to you - fingernails on a blackboard would have been a happier sound). Periodically the reader seemed to forget himself and get lost in the book, immediately improving his performance, but unfortunately he would inevitably return to his former stilted and dreadful reading.

    We could have made a drinking game out of taking a shot every time some person, place or thing was mispronounced - mind you, we would have had to limit our listening time or suffered prolonged bouts of inebriation as five minutes rarely pass in this performance without a pronunciation malfunction.

    I'm sure there is a great unabridged Tale of Two Cities out there someplace. This is not it.

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