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A Tale of Two Cities | [Charles Dickens]

A Tale of Two Cities

In this staple of classic literature, Charles Dickens tells the tale of fueding classes set at the inception and escalation of the French Revolution. Amidst the upheaval, righteous former aristocrat Charles Darnay becomes wrongly tangled in unfortunate events, endangering his freedom and family. Sidney Carton, a cynical lawyer who squandered his life away, seeks to redress his unhappiness through Darnay's beautiful wife, Lucie.
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Publisher's Summary

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

In this staple of classic literature, Charles Dickens tells the tale of fueding classes set at the inception and escalation of the French Revolution. Amidst the upheaval, righteous former aristocrat Charles Darnay becomes wrongly tangled in unfortunate events, endangering his freedom and family. Sidney Carton, a cynical lawyer who squandered his life away, seeks to redress his unhappiness through Darnay's beautiful wife, Lucie. This seminal story of love, chaos, and redemption is expertly read by Jon Smith, who infuses excitement using a variety of voices. Revisit a favorite or fill in a literary gap with the timeless A Tale of Two Cities.

Public Domain (P)2012 Phoenix Books

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    Linda Blairstown, MO, United States 02-25-12
    Linda Blairstown, MO, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Great Classic Performed With Perfection"
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    The best thing about A Tale of Two Cities is everything -- the characters, the plot, the exceptional writing, and the emotional pull of nearly every sentence.


    Which character – as performed by Jon Smith – was your favorite?

    All the characters came alive. My favorites are Jarvis Lorry and Sydney Carton.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read this story several times and always discover new feelings and images, but Jon Smith has made it far better with this excellent performance. I would recommend any audiobook read by him.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Haik Glendale, CA, United States 02-17-12
    Haik Glendale, CA, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2011

    haik65

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    "Get This Book Now"
    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

    This books grabs you from the first sentence to the very last: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times (first sentence) and It is a better thing that I do than I have ever done (almost the last). Everything word, every sentence, is perefectly placed. The narrator, Jon Smith, is excellent.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Waykuy 12-20-13
    Waykuy 12-20-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Good performance, choppy editing"
    Would you try another book from Charles Dickens and/or Jon Smith?

    Jon Smith does a good job on an excellent story but the editing is so choppy it makes it difficult to follow. Dickens and Smith are great but it needs better editing.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Piratical Moll Spokane, WA USA 03-28-13
    Piratical Moll Spokane, WA USA 03-28-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Yes You Too Can Ruin a Classic!"

    This really great story was all but destroyed, weighed down by a narrator who seemed to simply not give a hoot that he consistently mispronounced words, names, places (hearing the Madame and Monsieur Defarge pronounced Defrage throughout the reading - I swear to you - fingernails on a blackboard would have been a happier sound). Periodically the reader seemed to forget himself and get lost in the book, immediately improving his performance, but unfortunately he would inevitably return to his former stilted and dreadful reading.

    We could have made a drinking game out of taking a shot every time some person, place or thing was mispronounced - mind you, we would have had to limit our listening time or suffered prolonged bouts of inebriation as five minutes rarely pass in this performance without a pronunciation malfunction.

    I'm sure there is a great unabridged Tale of Two Cities out there someplace. This is not it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dulce USA 01-08-13
    Dulce USA 01-08-13 Member Since 2010

    Avid reader until vision impairment set in. Now an avid listener!

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    "Beautifully Rendered Melodrama"
    What made the experience of listening to A Tale of Two Cities the most enjoyable?

    Growing up in an era in which American school kids actually read the classics in their English classes, I remembered Tale of Two Cities as one of my favorites. The audio version reinforced this impression. The brilliant prose style, the interplay of characters, the comic, the dark, and the melodramatic dextrously interwoven, and the surprises of plot development kept me listening with pleasure through the whole book.


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

    It has a more sublime ending than any other book I can recall. Other than that, the scenes with Mme. DeFarge are darkly fascinating. Also those regarding Dr. Manette in the Bastille. I don't want to give anything away!


    Have you listened to any of Jon Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I enjoyed his narration. It is subdued and emotionally low key, which I guess could be perceived as boring, but I thought it was a great counterpoint to the melodrama of the book. Characters are easily distinguishable and the accents are well done.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You can't make a better choice than the opening phrase of the book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 07-05-12
    Karen United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Performance of the story poorly done"
    Would you try another book from Charles Dickens and/or Jon Smith?

    I could not get into this book because of the speaker. It left the book a boring mess.


    What could Charles Dickens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Chose a better reader.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Used someone who could of put more dramatics into the story rather than just a one pitch reader?


    What character would you cut from A Tale of Two Cities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    That just about sums it up. I read the book myself years ago and loved the story then but the audiobook was a sad disapointment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Moncton, NB, Canada 06-28-12
    Laura Moncton, NB, Canada 06-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Horrible narrator!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I tried twice to listen because I do love Dickens, but the narrator was horrible. I gave up!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford A. King MA United States 06-11-12
    Clifford A. King MA United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2012

    twin daddy

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    "drone"

    The narration was intolerable. Could not listen past the first few hours so Ipurchased new version.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • fiona
    KARRINYUP, Australia
    4/14/12
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    "Invest your money elsewhere!"

    Feel bad about giving a bad review but I had to give up on this reading, it made tough work of a great story. I was so glad I did not give up on the book, I downloaded another version.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • patrick
    castle ashby, United Kingdom
    10/16/12
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    "Two Cities audible"

    I downloaded this audible book in order to pass the time on a long trip, but was unfortunately unable to get through more than half of the first part. The narration was very difficult to listen to, sounding as though it had been recorded in single lines and then stitched together. Along with this were frequent miss-pronunciations and a total disregard for punctuation. I,m afraid it flowed about as well as a text to speech translation. I would certainly have gone for a librivox version had I known what this one sounded like. Patrick

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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