Charles Dickens's classic of the French Revolution is expertly dramatized by Simon Vance. It's also a grand romance. Charles Darnay, the French émigré who relinquishes his title in disgust at the poverty wrought upon the peasants by the titled class, and Sydney Carton, the world-weary drunken London barrister, both love Lucie, the daughter of the unjustly imprisoned Dr. Alexandre Manette. Vance will have listeners weeping as Carton greets Madame Guillotine with some of the most famous lines in literature. Carton's depression and ultimate redemption are crystal clear; Madame Defarge, with her clicking knitting needles, takes on appropriate menace; and Jarvis Lorry, the reliable "man of business," loves Lucie as if she were his daughter.
This novel provides a highly charged examination of human suffering and human sacrifice, private experience and public history, during the French Revolution.
A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities. Finally released, he is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, who despite her French ancestry has been brought up in London. Lucie falls in love with Charles Darnay, another expatriate, who has abandoned wealth and a title in France because of his political convictions. When revolution breaks out in Paris, Darnay returns to the city to help an old family servant, but there he is arrested because of the crimes committed by his relations. His wife, Lucie, their young daughter, and her aged father follow him across the channel, thus putting all their lives in danger.
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Given that the novel is one of the masterpieces of literature, I doubt that I can say anything unique or particularly useful in a review of the work's content. The sole reason that I am even taking the time to write anything at all is because of the incomparable Simon Vance - one of the truly great (if not the greatest) narrators out there.
One of my favorites of all time. I love Dickens, and TTC is Dickens at his best. All that said, the narration is like the rest of the immersion reads, mediocre, which would normally be okay, but such a book needs a good narrator.
read this in high school and have quoted the lines:: it was the best of times..... and.... it is a far far.... Listening to it again at 65 have it more meaning as life experiences along the way make the characters feeing so much mite real. at this age one can so much better understand. great book. everyone should have the experience of reading when young and then later in life!
I remember reading this in high school and being surprised by Dickens poetry. Yet it's taken me almost thirty years to return to the book. More than its famous opening and closing lines, the book asks important questions about who we are and what is justice. The narrator does a great job distinguishing all the different characters. I often lose track of Dickens bewildering, sprawling casts of characters, but odd not have that problem with this presentation.
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All I can say is wow, that was amazing! while Dickens is not the easiest read, it is worth it. Recommend book about the French revolution, the insanity before and after.
My first real classical listen was The Count of Monte Cristo. Dumas got me hooked on classics. Two Cities required my profound attention to follow. I found myself rewinding constantly. I listen while driving on highways.
To be clear I am not dissing the book. I gave it 5 stars across the board based strictly off the reputation. The narrator was excellent.The book went back. I would enjoy this book more in print than audio.
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