A Tale of Two Cities is a story of love, mystery, suspense, and action all rolled up into one beautifully written novel taking place in two prominent cities, Paris and London, during the French Revolution. The story follows the release and rehabilitation of Dr. Manette, a man falsely imprisoned in the Bastille in France for almost two decades. While trouble is brewing in France with citizens being starved and taxed to death, Dr. Manette is taken to London by Mr. Lorrie, a prominent business man, and Lucie, Dr. Manette's daughter. The process takes five years, but eventually Dr. Manette has overcome his troubled times in the Bastille and returns to practicing medicine alongside his perfect daughter Lucie.
Dr. Manette and Lucie are asked to testify in a trial for Charles Darnay, who's accused of treason. Due to Lucie's compassionate testimony and a Charles Look-a-like, Sydney, Darnay is let off the hook and the love story begins. Both men fall in love in with sweet Lucie and she must choose which of the two men, who are complete opposites, she wants to be with. Lucie gets married to one of the men, who on the day of their wedding admits that he is not who they think he is, and is actually a French Noblemen and heir to the men who had Dr. Manette locked up in France.
Meanwhile, back in France, a group called Citizens of the New Republic are rising up against the monarchy and noblemen. With tensions high, Lucie's husband sets off to France in secret, where he is arrested. Lucie and Dr. Manette have only a short amount of time to be able to save the nobleman, and an unlikely ally will come to the rescue to pay the ultimate sacrifice.
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From all of the works by Charles Dickens, this one is by far my favorite. A Tale of Two Cities follows the story of Dr. Manette who was falsely imprisoned in Bastille for almost 20 years, during the French Revolution, and in order to rehabilitate from his imprisonment, he is sent to London as citizens in France are being taxed and starved to death. Eventually, with the help of his daughter, Lucie, Dr. Manette becomes well enough to practice medicine again. The story takes a twist when the two are asked to testify against the treason of Charles Darnay; and during the trial, both Darnay and another man fall in love with Lucie. The man that she ends up getting married to will need her to come to his aid to avoid execution.
In terms of classics, A Tale of Two Cities is a work of art in the English literary canon. Listening to or reading this text will give readers insight into the French Revolution, and Dickens vivid detail will make them feel like they were actually there. The decision to have Philippe Duquenoy narrate this book was a perfect call. He greatly compliments Dickens through his delightful accent, variety of voices for characters, and a clear narration style that makes it a pure joy to listen to and easy to follow along.
Overall, readers and listeners will be able to lose themselves in this captivating novel, getting drawn into the story until the very last page. A great story made even greater with Mr. Duquenoy’s narration.
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