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The story, as acted out by Martin Jarvis.
When the Doctor explained his feelings towards his future son-in-law.
Martin Jarvis did a superb job narrating this novel...bringing the characters to life with his authentic British dialects.
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!
Very uninteresting and a boring story - characters are so uninteresting, very overrated
Good reading though by the narrator
Audiobooks are invariably somewhat "hit-or-miss," as one would surely never confuse something like a Dickens novel for a "closet play." In this case, however, Martin Jarvis has delivered an absolutely stunning performance, with smooth delivery of the different voices and a marvelous sense of pacing. Naturally, I feel somewhat reluctant to rate this volume against others I have heard, but suffice it to say the Jarvis presentation is absolutely as fine as any yet known to me.
Jarvis holds the listener's interest through the long, descriptive passages (which may, in fact, sour some readers on Dickens). He is at his best toward the end, when one may truly appreciate the development of Sydney Carton. Jarvis effects the transformation of the character splendidly yet effortlessly.
While I very much enjoyed the audiobook, I maintain the prejudice of my generation -- to wit, that it is probably better to read than to listen. The question above begs the issue of story-telling vs. writing, and these are two different art forms. Let us simply conclude that both Jarvis and Dickens have much to offer!
I can readily imagine that some listeners have been (or will be) moved to tears by the noble sacrifice and last sentiments of Carton at the end.
Tremendous production! Bravo!
Just for context, I love Charles Dickens. I just hate this novel. It shows Dickens at his worst, which is when he uses his novels to preach at his readers. This novel is so heavy handed and over the top that it can't be taken seriously. His characters are so one dimensional that they are totally unbelievable. This is a constant weakness in Dickens' work, his heroes and heroines are so pure and virtuous that they border on becoming caricatures. In this work, this weakness is pronounced and coupled with the prolonged bombastic discourses that Dickens engages in on political and social issues creates a fatal combination.
I couldn't finish this audiobook, although I have read the novel to completion. I found myself forcing myself to listen to it, just to get my money's worth. Eventually I gave up, listening to an audiobook should be a pleasure and not a penance. Try another of Dickens' novels, for he is a truly great writer... just try to avoid him when he climbs on his soapbox. (try The Pickwick Papers for a real treat.. a bit slow starting but a joy to be savored slowly)
I had never read or listened to any works by Dickens before this. I would honestly say this is the best book I've experienced, ever, and I am no youngster (52 years old) and a fairly avid reader. Simply outstanding story!
The narrator of this version is also incredible! The voices are distinctly different for each character, and his voice pleasing. This adds more to the story than you can imagine. He is top-notch.
You simply MUST get this audio. I literally could not put it down. I think anything else I listen to is going to be a comedown, after this.
No matter how many times I listen to this, I love it.
I imagine Dickens himself must have sounded just like Martin Jarvis.
Great story with great narration
A perfect performance by the narrator. I will definitely look for more works by Mr. Jarvis.
The horror and pain of this place and time, and how it is captured by Dickens in this story, truly makes this one of the greatest books ever.
Why the bad editing? The chapters, and especially the ending, are truncated abruptly. And there is an annoying popping sound in a few parts of the book. It is hard to believe that there was not more care taken in the recording of such a great story with incredible narration. However, don't let this deter you from listening to one of the most entertaining readings available on Audible.
Listening to Dickens with such wonderful narration by Martin Jarvis is a complete joy. I enjoyed it forty years ago and loved it again with this listening.
While it took a while to get going, once it did, it was enthralling. As usual, Dickens does an amazing job with the characters. They are so real you have no problem imagining them in your minds-eye. Narrator was amazing as well. Highly recommend this one.
"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.
"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.
"A fantastic classic."
I loved it. Powerful, emotional and breathtaking in its scope. A truly fantastic story with characters you care about.
My first Dickens and it didn't disappoint. So much to say about its merits but aside from Dickens genius I applaud the narrator (Jarvis): beautiful rich voice which a wealth of magnificent characters wonderfully portrayed.
"Always a great read"
I love Dickens, the way he describes detail, so easy for me to build a picture in my mind, Martin Jarvis does a excellent job too.
The fact that he able to voice so many of the characters, it was as if each had a different actor !
"Story Not for Me."
The narration of this was great but, for me, the story wasn't. Of the Dickens I've read, this is my least favourite and honestly if it had been my first Dickens I'm not sure I'd have read more of his work. The opening paragraph is possibly one of the best in literature but, sadly, the novel as a whole didn't live up to that for me!
It's a personal thing, and I'd implore that everyone give Dickens a go! This audiobook was great, just the story didn't do it for me!
"rekindled my love for this story"
the narration brought this classic to life. first book I ever cried too, again I shed a few years
"A magnificent performance by Martin Jarvis"
This is a wonderful story made all the better by the narration. Martin Jarvis brings every character to life. Highly recommended.
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