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A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook

A Tale of Two Cities

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Publisher's Summary

With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. It depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period.

Public Domain (P)2015 Trout Lake Media

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    Sab-E 09-23-15
    Sab-E 09-23-15
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    "Audio Chapters 41 and 42"
    Would you try another book from Charles Dickens and/or Jim Donaldson?

    I would probably read Charles Dickens again as he is a good author, however Jim Donaldson probably not.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would make the first book in the novel (there are 3 books in "A Tale of Two Cities") a bit more exciting to the reader as to capture their interest sooner.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Donaldson tries to change his voice for every character but you can't do it all I am sorry to say and it did nothing to help with the mania of words. Also the paraphrasing, rewording, and changing the structure of sentences in paragraphs made it hard to follow in the actual book. I could even go as far as to say butchering Dickens work a bit in my opinion.


    Was A Tale of Two Cities worth the listening time?

    Not exactly but I had to read it for a class, and it is only worth listening and reading if you make it to the end... that's when things get really exciting!


    Any additional comments?

    Your audio chapter 41 and 42 were both Book 3, Chapter 12. I was highly displeased with this and had to obtain a book for a time in order to read chapter 11.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karren LOGAN, UT, United States 03-01-16
    Karren LOGAN, UT, United States 03-01-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't download this version!!"

    The narration was over the top. I like Mr. Donaldson's voice a lot of the time but I don't like the voices he used for the female characters.

    Also, the audio flips out in Book 3, Chapter 42. You can hear the narrator doing what seems like warm ups or practice exercises. Very weird.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget 01-26-17
    Bridget 01-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Dickens!!!"

    Hated the music!! To much time in between. Music was like commercials on TV turn volume down only to have to turn up again when reader comes back on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 09-05-16
    James 09-05-16
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    "Great Book"

    This story is a classic that many are familiar with, so I'll focus my review on the narrator. In my opinion, classic literature needs an expressive narrator or else it's difficult to keep your mind from wandering. Jim Donaldson is not an expressive narrator. With different material I think I would be perfectly happy with his narration, but with this book I found it slightly took away from the experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Claypoole 05-01-16
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    "Good but narrator needs help"

    The narrators natural voice is calming and easy to listen to. But every time he changed his voice for a new character it sounds like a 90 year old man. No matter if it's a man, woman or child. It makes listening to this story very annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wings2004 01-25-16
    Wings2004 01-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Major issues with Narration"

    Excellent book but narration was a bit all over the place.

    This is a Dickens classic. I got the audible book in order to listen on my commute to work. In general the content is amazing, but the performance could have been better. The volume was generally too quiet, but there were periods when it would be louder or quieter at random. The narrator would read the book and chapter information every chapter, which was a little unnecessary.

    Finally but most disappointing, the audiobook chapter 42 is a VERY rough draft of chapter 11. There are a lot of stops, a lot of repeats, a lot of the narrator commenting to himself telling himself to "be an old man." I was listening to this when I was on a walk with gloves on and I thought my phone was going bonkers! Turns out it was just a horrible reading. I'm not sure if through all the stuttering I got the full chapter from the story or not, I'll have to pull up my kindle version and double check. Please fix this, I don't even care if you get another guy to read that section just make it right!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley N Mayfield Florida, USA 10-12-15
    Ashley N Mayfield Florida, USA 10-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "bad narration"

    the narrator drops in and out of voices and introduces the title at the start of every chapter. the voices he does do for the characters all sound very old and hard to tell which character from which.
    the story is slow but picks up finally after some 200 pages. it is a tragic live story full of dark characters that are depicted with both the best of humanity and the worest.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    garth haslem 04-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "can't understand what the narrator is saying. I on"

    I only got As far as chapter 4. It was very difficult to listen to because I couldn't understand what he was trying to say. All sounded like a lot of mumble

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    Erin 04-19-17
    Erin 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story - poor audio"

    Excellent story but audio was very poor. So heavy with bass that even turning the bass all the way down I still had to turn the volume up quite high in order to make the words out clearly. Slogged through but really a shame it wasn't better.

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    Robert California 03-05-17
    Robert California 03-05-17 Member Since 2013

    Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.

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    "cannot hear it in the car"

    Cannot hear it at all. Tried the volume controls. Nothing worked. Only book I have had this trouble with.

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  • Katherine Elford
    3/11/17
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    "classic that is wonderful to listen to"

    quite a big read so fantastic to have read to you, especially as the language can be quite dense, a classic that everyone should have on their to read list.

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