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A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook
A Tale of Two Cities
Written by: 
Charles Dickens
Narrated by: 
Martin Jarvis
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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caleb 05-19-16
    Caleb 05-19-16 Member Since 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 Zakar 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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    Ricanzdrummer 10-20-15
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    "Excellent!"
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    The story, as acted out by Martin Jarvis.


    What other book might you compare A Tale of Two Cities to and why?

    Nicholas Nickelby


    Which character – as performed by Martin Jarvis – was your favorite?

    Jaques


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the Doctor explained his feelings towards his future son-in-law.


    Any additional comments?

    Martin Jarvis did a superb job narrating this novel...bringing the characters to life with his authentic British dialects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Walkup 06-17-15
    C. Walkup 06-17-15
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    "Well done and easy to listen to"

    The reader did an excellent job of using different voices as he was reading to help you follow the story. It's a classic story with lots of interesting twists and turns and a surprise ending!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
  • Yokel D
    London, UK
    7/18/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annick
    7/12/16
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    "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 ' !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brendan
    7/2/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ms
    6/25/16
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    "Extraordinarily brilliant"

    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 .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mathew
    London, Middlesex, United Kingdom
    6/8/16
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    "Not the best of times for me I'm afraid."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Dickens again?

    Yes, although I am not going to until I've successfully completed this book.


    What three words best describe Martin Jarvis’s performance?

    Excellent soothing voice


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Tale of Two Cities?

    The road to Paris. This seems a long way to add a small amount of backstory and not a lot happens.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tweedledum
    UK
    6/2/16
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    "Recalled to life"

    Martin Jarvis reads Dickens heart-rending historical novel of revolutionary France magnificently. I read the book long ago and its impact on me then was such that I doubted if I could bear to read it again. But the narration has been so compelling that I had to put aside everything else to see it through.

    Thoroughly recommend this recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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