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A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books] | [Charles Dickens]

A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

"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...
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Audible Editor Reviews

Among the most talented and influential voices to grace the audiobook format, Shakespearean actor Frank Muller delivers an electric performance of a story that demands it. Urgency and tumult seem to bellow forth from the indefatigable Muller as he untangles the web of conflict that drives Dickens' historical epic. The French aristocracy’s self-satisfied arrogance is set in contrast with the outraged militance of the downtrodden peasantry. Muller gives a unique voice to each member of the warring classes while nevertheless betraying the selfish motives that bind them all. Dickens' competing lovers, the aristocratic Charles Darnay and his jealous doppelgänger, Sydney Carton, are by turn endowed with desperate passion and tender selflessness as they grapple with historical forces beyond their control.

Publisher's Summary

"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.

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    geoff statesville, NC, United States 10-27-12
    geoff statesville, NC, United States 10-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Best!"

    I have hundreds of titles in my audible library and many more from the local library. This book stands above all others. As long as human society exists this topic will have relevance, and should be remembered. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 07-01-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    Here we have someone who tried to do right and was imprisoned by those in power to keep themselves in power. Then later when freed the same person fights to free another who is condemned just because he's related to someone. Another gentlemen his 'twin' as he's called steps in to save him. The aristocrats think the whole thing is just marvelous while waiting to die. They truly believe that they will be save. This story has some great lessons and if fits in with the 'scarlet pumpernickel.'

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    daisyw Long Beach, CA, United States 03-04-12
    daisyw Long Beach, CA, United States 03-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The narration is hard to follow"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    the narration is very fast, Frank Muller has a pleasent voice but I found it hard to enjoy the story. I didn't have time to adjust to all the twists and turns of the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Slow down give the listener time to enjoy the story and get to know the characters better.


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    david Canada 01-16-12
    david Canada 01-16-12
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    "A classic story"

    I read this book in the past, in my younger days, so I was familiar with the story.
    I enjoyed the narrator and also liked the story. I had forgotten how long this wonderful story takes to read.
    My compliments to Audible.com for putting this book in their library.

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    david Hamilton, Bermuda 10-29-11
    david Hamilton, Bermuda 10-29-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Two classics expertly perfomed"

    Muller narration captures Dickens characters expertly, particularly in Two Cities when he is called to use French and English accents. Dickens stories and his commentary on the human condition is classic mastery.

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    Helen 02-21-11
    Helen 02-21-11
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    "Just As I Remember"

    I think this particular recording needs to be re-recorded. By today's standards, it is rustic and hard to hear clearly in some places. Other than that, it is just the same as I remember it from high school. Like the Heart of Darkness by Conrad, it is hard to get through because of the bleakness of the era in which the story takes place, yet it is a time that should never be forgotten. That's why this book should never be forgotten. It was written in a time much closer to the actual events and presents a clearer picture because of it. I'm still glad I bought it.

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    "Couldn't Finish"

    I gave up trying to listen to this book, I don't think it translates to audible format.

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    Scott Murff 03-10-10
    Scott Murff 03-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    Loved this book and the narrator was fantastic! I decided to listen to some classic novels and this is one of the ones I chose and it was amazing! Never knew much about Charles Dickens but now I'm a huge fan.

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    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 01-16-08
    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 01-16-08 Member Since 2012

    Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!

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    "A True Classic"

    I never get tired of this story. One to listen to over and over.

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    Marion rock hill, SC, USA 05-07-05
    Marion rock hill, SC, USA 05-07-05
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    "a great presentation..."

    Muller does a great job as always. I struggled through this book when it was required in HS, but it was a pleasure to hear the different charaters "returned to life" by frank...

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