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 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...
The second in my quest for the classics. How could I have never read this book? It actually brought tears to my eyes several times. It is a classic that we all know the opening line "It was the best of times..." and the closing line "It is a far better thing I do.." The story of a family, tightly interwoven with the horrors that led up to and followed the French Revolution. Dickens brings out the blood and death and poverty and hatred, while intermingling it with love and joy and hope. I am off to a roaring start with 2 excellent audiobooks so far.
It is read by Frederick Douglas, and I can't wait to hear other works he has read. He is an excellent narrator and had distinct voices for each character. His French accent was wonderful, and even the women were believable.
If you are on a quest, as I am, to read the classics of great literature, then do not leave this book out. Unabridged is the way to go.
Few novels have historic phrases at the beginning and ending of the story. This one does and everything in between is equally wonderful.
I realize that many have praised Frank Muller's narration of A Tale of Two Cities, but I wish to offer a dissenting opinion. There is no denying Mr. Muller's considerable talent as a reader, let alone the splendid quality of his sonorous voice. My problem with Muller's performance is that the voice he employs for the narrator of the novel is every bit as dramatic as the voices he craftily invents for the characters. Thus it requires a bit of concentration to listen to the narration without feeling like one is listening to an intense speech. Listeners who--like me--prefer the sobriety of the voice of the very excellent Ms. Davina Porter, will likely feel a bit put off by the colorful and portentous narration of Mr. Muller. As to the quality of the novel, I humbly agree with the other reviewers.
I am a fan of Dickens, and enjoy his writing. WARNING: This is listed as a ‘kid’s’ book. It is not. This book has an intricate adult story line. There is slaughter of hundreds, blood running in the streets, dead bodies being mutilated and their heads placed on pikes, and extensive use of the guillotine. There is death of a child by illness, death of a child by accident, murder, and revenge. There is also great love and sacrifice. Even though the words used are not vulgar, crude, or obscene, it still dos not make this a kid’s book. It is an adult book, with a powerful story.
Don't get me wrong, I love Charles Dickens. But perhaps I would have been better off trying to read the book, because I could not finish this audiobook for the life of me. Every time I would start out, thinking I just needed to concentrate harder, I would be distracted within 15 minutes. I had to rewind it so many times, it took a couple days before I got through the first hour. And the narrator spoke in a monotone. I cannot stand listening to someone with NO intonation in his voice whatsoever. Finally I just gave up (in anger!). If you have superior concentration skills, go ahead, I'm sure it's great. But if you're looking for something to keep you entertained, try something else.
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