A Tale of Two Cities:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...
(P)1986 by Recorded Books, Inc.
When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.
(P)1987 by Recorded Books, Inc.
Public Domain (P)1986 & 1987 Recorded Books, Inc.
Great Expectations and a Tale of Two Cities are examples of a master working at his peak. Both books are compelling, thought provoking and stand the test of time.
Great Expectations is populated by some of Dickens' most memorable characters. The spinster Miss Havisham, the convict Magwitch, the lawyer Jaggers and his clerk Wemmick with his "Aged Parent" and the beautiful Estella. Even though some language is out of popular usage, the study of social class and values both real and perceived is still compelling today.
A Tale of Two Cities, one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other the less compelling Barnaby Rudge), is both sweeping in scope and strangely clausterphobic in setting. Dickens story is set during the French Revolution and is a cautionary tale for the English to correct the social injustices present in mid 19th century England before the poor rise to stage a similar revolution for social justice in England. According to recent surveys, A Tale of Two Cities is the most popular book of all time with over 200 million copies sold.
The narration by the late Frank Mueller is stunning. I love both of these books and prefer to hear Mueller's compelling narration rather than read them myself. Just to hear Frank Mueller read these classics is worth the price.
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