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A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook

A Tale of Two Cities

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Publisher's Summary

Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities is a sprawling tale of London and revolutionary Paris with a complex plot portraying the results of terror and treason, love and supreme sacrifice.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”—opening line of A Tale of Two Cities

It was the time of the French Revolution, a time of great change and great danger. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty. Against this tumultuous historical backdrop, Dickens’ dramatic story of adventure and courage unfolds.

Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, the gentle Lucie Manette, and safely transported from France to England. It would seem that they could now take up the threads of their lives in peace. As fate would have it, however, the two are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young Frenchman, Charles Darnay, falsely accused of treason. Strangely enough, Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom: Sydney Carton, a dissolute barrister. It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom more than once, as the two men’s fates become intertwined with that of the Revolution.

And there is Madame Defarge, a female revolutionary who has an implacable grudge against the aristocratic Evrémonde dynasty and who knits as she watches the beheadings.

The storming of the Bastille, the death carts with their doomed human cargo, the swift drop of the blade of La Guillotine—this is the French Revolution that Charles Dickens vividly captures. Brilliantly plotted, the novel is rich in drama, romance, and heroics that culminate in a daring prison escape in the shadow of the guillotine.

Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Beginning and ending with some of English literature’s most famous lines, Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities thrives on tension and conflict, all set against a bloody backdrop of the French Revolution…Through the senses, Dickens transports us deeper and deeper into another era with each turn of the page. Smell the acidity of red wine as it spills on the streets and ominously stains the faces, hands, and feet of peasants who lap it up in desperation; feel the competing emotions of heartache and hope as one of Lucie’s suitors stands trial; hear the cries of the raging mob and the clangs of their weapons as they storm the Bastille; see the glint of the guillotine as it falls swiftly to its victim below. The novel’s sense of urgency and intimacy will draw you in and propel you through one of the most tumultuous times in history.” (Oprah’s Book Club)

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    Wendy Lohse outback NSW Australia 12-02-12
    Wendy Lohse outback NSW Australia 12-02-12

    Born 1949, living in outback New South Wales, Australia.

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    "Best of Listens, Worst of Listens"
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    I love that it gave a clear view of the French Revolution and an understanding of the celebration for the people's storming of the Bastille. Dickens opening page that it was the best of times and the worst of times, gives a clear picture to the two opposing sides of this bloody history, when the good side descends into the worst of human behaviour.

    It opens with the very best lines, that sum up each point along the continuum of human history. It ends with the best line of all: "It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known."


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities?

    It begins with one and that continues to the last line of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Huge competition but perhaps it's the battle of equals when Miss Pross and Madame Defarge confront each other.


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

    Sob!


    Any additional comments?

    As page one tells, this book could be written for any time in human history. The same brutality and injustice exists in our world today as it did hundreds of years ago. Dickens provides these deeds with a smattering of humour in both main and secondary characters. His wit is certainly razor-sharp.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond 02-21-16
    Raymond 02-21-16
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    "Simon Prebble, you bring this classic to life"

    A classic worth reading and re-reading... or even better, listening while Simon Prebble brings it to life with his vivid, evocative voices and endearing rhythms.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Seven Hills, OH, United States 01-20-13
    Laura Seven Hills, OH, United States 01-20-13
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    "A twisting tale"
    Where does A Tale of Two Cities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a interesting story written in classic Charles Dicken' s style.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities?

    when you found out about the twins.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lucie gets engaged.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's better if you listen to a few chapters, think about it, and then listen a few more.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Classic!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Moon 07-19-16
    Erik Moon 07-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "history repeats itaelf6"

    although long, the story is immense and riveting. the lessons learned here should last generations yet look where we are today

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    Ralph Miami, FL, United States 07-18-16
    Ralph Miami, FL, United States 07-18-16 Member Since 2011
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    "An excellent and compelling read"

    Loved it. The reader are spot on with the tone and accents. The story is a timeless classic even in audio format.

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    David 07-08-16
    David 07-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible Recording!"

    I bought this on sale. The audio is horrible! Every time the narrator begins to speak, the first second/syllable is cut off. I would not buy THIS version. Look for another...

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    Nicholas 05-28-16
    Nicholas 05-28-16
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    "A Classic"

    I loved the story and the perfect imagery of where it took place. The best part that I loved was and is the ending. Sad and spectacular. I absolutely loved it. Definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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