"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness."
The most famous and possibly the most popular of Dickens's novels, A Tale of Two Cities shows a master of dramatic narrative extracting gold from the ore of history. If the bloody tableau of the French Revolution were not in itself sufficient for a dozen novels, Dickens added to it a professional resurrectionist, an authentic ogress, and an antihero as convincingly flawed as any in modern literature. Here, too, are all of Dickens's recurring themes: imprisonment, injustice, and cataclysmic violence; resurrection and the renunciation that makes renewal possible.
Public Domain (P)2011 Listening Library
John Lee is a masterful narrator whose rich British voice is perfect to bring this classic novel to life. It would have been fabulous to have this technology available during my misspent youth. It would have offered a much deeper appreciation for the story and the language . I'm putting many books read by John Lee on my wish list now!
This is a magnificent reading of a true classic. John Lee's performance is absolutely spectacular--his dead-on characterizations (including that of the aloof Dickens narrator) and accents of each of the numerous characters of 'Tale of Two Cities' make this recording a joy to listen to. As I tell my friends about it, it makes me want to listen to the story again!!
Historical fiction at its finest!
I had never read 'Tale of Two Cities' or knew anything about the book until listening to this recording. By the time I reached the ending, I was totally engrossed and invested in every one of the characters. It is a challenging, provocative story which steadily ratchets up in nail-biting intensity until the magnificent pay-off in the end.
John Lee, Simon Prebble, and David Timson. These guys know how to read Dickens.
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