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.
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I would probably read Charles Dickens again as he is a good author, however Jim Donaldson probably not.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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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Cannot hear it at all. Tried the volume controls. Nothing worked. Only book I have had this trouble with.
"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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