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A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books] Audiobook

A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

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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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    Joange Rice, VA, United States 03-22-13
    Joange Rice, VA, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just too difficult of a listen"

    I tried, I really did, to listen to this classic. I read it many years ago in high school and thought I'd like to revisit it. The reader was very hard to understand - partly because of the way the thing is written.....long, windy sentences relating to things not of the immediate story. I realize Dickens isn't a feel good writer but this was just a downer.

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    Clayton Bosler Redondo Beach CA USA 03-15-13
    Clayton Bosler Redondo Beach CA USA 03-15-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Magnifique!"
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    It's such a wonderful insight into the people, the times, the motivations underlying the French Revolution.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bitter-sweet ending...


    Any additional comments?

    Just another fabulous, can't recommend it enough offering from Dickens on Audible.

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    Elisheva Gordon 03-04-13
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    "Finding it hard to keep track"
    Any additional comments?

    I had previously tried reading the book, but just couldn't get into it. So I thought I'd try listening to it instead. While this Frank Muller is much better than the previous version I tried listening to, I still haven't gotten through it and am not really sure what's going on. I'm an avid classics reader, but somehow this one just doesn't speak to me.

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    Drake United States 02-25-13
    Drake United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic story, compelling narrator"
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    I loved the story and the history about the French Revolution. Also the main characters were fascinating people.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities?

    The ending was the most moving and memorable.


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    Scott LAS CRUCES, NM, United States 02-20-13
    Scott LAS CRUCES, NM, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Well done"
    If you could sum up A Tale of Two Cities in three words, what would they be?

    suspenseful, wordy, dark


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities?

    The final escape sequence.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Dr Monett


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending was emotional and pulled at my heart strings.


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    Tinker Craighall, South Africa 02-19-13
    Tinker Craighall, South Africa 02-19-13
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    "A must read for all ages."

    What more is there for me to say. Read it at school, again when older but it was marvellous to have it read to me by such a marvellous narrator. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    Elizabeth Middletown, DE, United States 02-11-13
    Elizabeth Middletown, DE, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story and narrated so well."
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    The narration of Frank Muller was wonderful with French and English accents that brought the story to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities?

    The twists and turns the story takes at the end!


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No... this was the first one, but I do have Great Expectations to listen to next.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was so well read.


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    Ken Yorktown, VA, United States 01-06-13
    Ken Yorktown, VA, United States 01-06-13
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Tale of Two Cities the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was superb. I'm not sure I could follow the Dickens' convoluted language reading my self.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    His ability to do both men's and women's voice without sounding foolish


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    Robert Mesquite, TX, United States 12-28-12
    Robert Mesquite, TX, United States 12-28-12
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    "Great Narration...Very Poor Audio Quality..."
    What disappointed you about A Tale of Two Cities?

    This is a great narration of a great book, however it was poorly recorded. The entire narration sounds like some someone talking in a barrel.


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    rodi NORWALK, CT, United States 12-28-12
    rodi NORWALK, CT, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A classic"

    This is a classic that I find easy to enjoy. I personally think that, for me, to get to most out of this particular book, I need to maybe read rather than listen to it. The reason is that the stories get quite tangled and have a lot of intricate detail that I don't catch as much if I am listening while doing other things. Either way, I recommend it!

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