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A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook

A Tale of Two Cities

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Publisher's Summary

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"; "It is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"; so the novel begins and ends with some of Dicken's best-known words, and between the two is every Briton's view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.

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    Amazon Customer Pittsboro, NC USA 10-15-08
    Amazon Customer Pittsboro, NC USA 10-15-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Gorgeous"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicky Gleason Tumwater, WA, United States 06-24-07
    Nicky Gleason Tumwater, WA, United States 06-24-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Highly recommended"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Guy virginia beach, VA, USA 08-01-06
    Guy virginia beach, VA, USA 08-01-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Great classic..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim oakville, ON, Canada 05-21-06
    Tim oakville, ON, Canada 05-21-06
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    "Very well read"

    Martin Jarvis does an excellent job narrating this title. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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    Mark Toney, AL United States 11-08-16
    Mark Toney, AL United States 11-08-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Exceptional"

    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.

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    J.A. Sabangan 11-03-16 Member Since 2016

    Free-spirited creative devouring and devising books. One word at a time.

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    "Masterful Work Brilliantly Delivered!"

    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!

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    Caleb 05-19-16
    Caleb 05-19-16
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    "I'll want to go back and read it"

    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.

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    Andy 05-16-16
    Andy 05-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fabulous narration "

    Martin Jarvis' voices completely brought the characters and story to life. Often lending a merciful touch of comic relief to this rather somber novel.

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    Scott Carpenter 03-11-16
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    "great classic story, good performance"

    I couldn't stop listening, the story is great, it even had some laugh out loud moments, not near the end mind you, but still a classic

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    Elizabeth Nunez 02-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "More than I could have ever hope for"

    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.

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  • Jenny
    8/23/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Excellently read with totally believable characters.brings Dickens to life with great authenticity.sorry it has ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Brighton
    5/25/15
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    "Sublime"

    A wonderful story that is unenriched by a masterful performance from Martin Jarvis. One of the best audiobooks I have heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom
    1/23/13
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    Richmond, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Delightful"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • potato head
    3/23/17
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    "perfect"

    Martin Jarvis is the perfect reader for dickins - very funny but very moving- excellent

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  • Paul Parkins
    2/8/17
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    "Quite dull, wish I hadn't bothered"

    Well perfermed. Some good description at times, and it finishes well, but the story is dull. I guess Dickens isn't my thing.

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  • Susan B.
    2/4/17
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    "A tour de force"

    Martin Jarvis surely owns the world of audio books. This recording of The Tale of Two Cities is a tour de force. The narrative is clear, the reflective passages retained my interest and the exciting descriptions of revolution came to life vividly. His mastery of all the different voices and characters is astonishing. If it weren't for the fact that I am working my way through the classics I would go straight back to the beginning and start again.

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  • Colin Lodder
    St Leonards on Sea, E Sussex, GB
    12/15/16
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    "Excellent"

    Funny, intricate, Good & Bad Characters. And terribly sad. In short - Dickens!

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  • Claire
    Rugeley, United Kingdom
    11/12/16
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    "Oldies are good"

    Only the second Dickens book I have read and it is another good read, stayed enthralled throughout, I highly recommend .

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  • Amazon Customer
    11/9/16
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    "A classic book"

    loved it, good book to listen to while you work. recommended for a good listen over a week.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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