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A Tale of Two Cities | [Charles Dickens]

A Tale of Two Cities

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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

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    Patricia Woodstock, VT, United States 04-29-11
    Patricia Woodstock, VT, United States 04-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A tale of two cities"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Abram of the Seven Seas Tifton, GA, United States 05-01-14
    Abram of the Seven Seas Tifton, GA, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2011

    A seeker of wisdom, a theorist of husbandry, a traveler of distant lands - a bit eclectic...

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    "John Lee Tells A Tale Most Wonderfully Told"

    Few could be the comparisons of a more remarkable tale - and fewer still the comparisons of those able to tell it...

    Of course, the story itself needs no defense - the genius of the author will forever stand upon its own merit. But, for those of the persuasion that this wonderful classic deserves the best of narrators, I must declare that I am of the unshakable opinion that John Lee is just the man. His performance is truly exhilarating - even addictive. The ease with which he flows through the French pronunciations, the many colorful individuals he personalizes and brings to life, his ability to freely switch between characters (not to mention his precision and accuracy of "staying true" to the dialect he invents for each of them!), as well as the intrinsic quality of his deep, strong voice, all barely begin to give a glimpse of the incredible talent of this narrator. To listen to this man tell this tale is to enjoy with the greatest of pleasure...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John C. Forkner Manhattan, NY 05-26-13
    John C. Forkner Manhattan, NY 05-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

    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!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Historical fiction at its finest!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    John Lee, Simon Prebble, and David Timson. These guys know how to read Dickens.

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    jon Northbridge, Australia 02-04-13
    jon Northbridge, Australia 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    John Lee is magnificent. I can't say enough about him. And this story is timeless and brilliant.

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