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Wonderful narration. I haven't heard many audio books, but it's hard to imagine this one being done any better. Rich characters and scenes, precisely drawn by Dickens.
Loved this book on audio -- one of my favorite audio book experiences, a very pleasant surprise. Took me an hour or two of listening to become completely hooked, but after that I literally couldn't put it down -- stayed up till all hours to hear the final passages. The only audio book that ever made me cry. Just lovely.
I tried to listen to this on CD a few years ago, but I would find my attention wandering. I gave it another try, and I'm glad I did. The narrator is wonderful, and this is a book I will listen to again in the future.
Amazing book - it was intense, terrifying, while at the same time it was one of the most poignant books I have ever read. And in the end it was uplifting. Many times, the classics are not really classic but rather they are just books that were written long ago. This one truly is classic. The narration by Martin Jarvis is wonderful. The pitiful situations that the characters all endure is terribly sad and gives some insight into the actions they all take at the pivotal moment in the book. Dickens probably truly cared about humanity and the human situation.
Free-spirited creative devouring and devising books. One word at a time.
Martin Jarvis brings out the heart of the story by not only narrating with a solid understanding of this classic but also by using distinct voices for each character. Worth the listen!
The story is great and the performance is excellent. If you want to listen to A Tale of Two Cities, I'd recommend listening to this version. However, I had never read the book on paper, and now I think that I will. It's rather long and can be a bit convoluted. Not in a bad way at all, just that I would have liked to have been able to go back a few pages or chapters and refreshed myself on who a character was or what event the narrator was referencing. Of course, this is a trade-off for any audiobook. I just think AToTC is just worth going back over more than others sometimes are.
Martin Jarvis was marvelous. Charles Dickens was marvelous. This was my first Dickens book and I am in love. What a wonderful story. Martin Jarvis made this book come alive for me. His narration was the best I have heard.
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 ' !
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