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.
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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.
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.'
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.
Slow down give the listener time to enjoy the story and get to know the characters better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I never get tired of this story. One to listen to over and over.
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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