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A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] | [Charles Dickens]

A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

©1923 Public Domain; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 01-03-15
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 01-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Music Man 06-28-14
    Music Man 06-28-14

    I am a New York musician, a New York native, and a passionate reader of fiction. Audible is helping me fill in some serious literary gaps.

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    "A classic, honored."

    I am a fairly well-read person, yet I'd managed to miss this cornerstone work for my entire life. I am very glad that I encountered it in the voice of Simon Vance. He is a superb reader, with a fine sense of timing and drama. I was riveted by the story and (I admit it) I wept at the end, sobbed like a baby. Maybe it was good that I waited so long to get to this great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caren Rincon, GA, United States 02-18-11
    Caren Rincon, GA, United States 02-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Narration"

    He does a great job with the voices and really brings the characters to life.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 12-24-12
    Evelyn SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2010

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    "An Amazing Christmas Story"

    After a really tedious beginning, the story delivers an amazing finish. Dickens delivers a powerful, timeless, message about good, evil, sacrifice, and horrific political choices.

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    Yuletides FL 05-17-15
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    "What's the Point!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I dont think anything.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Dickens again?

    Probably not. Would be leary.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Vance?

    The guy who read for Harry Potter books maybe, yet the story is..... well there is no story, just jumps around all over the place and you wonder what is this book supposed to be about??? What is the tale of each of two cities???


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    frustration, waste of time, waste of a credit


    Any additional comments?

    Book sucks.

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    Sara Manitowoc, Wi., US 05-14-15
    Sara Manitowoc, Wi., US 05-14-15
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    "dont miss"

    I loved this book. At first it is confusing but eventually works itself out. This is an amazing book and I wouldn't miss it for the world.

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    Claudia A Shick 05-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I just love this story!"
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]?

    I never realized how utterly entertaining Charles Dickens is...the characters are so well developed and SUCH characters! I will be listening to this one many times.


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

    The disgusting picture of the women knitting as they counted heads being chopped off. But the dramatic and exciting ending was the best.


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    Maria 04-17-15
    Maria 04-17-15

    CryofMyHeart

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    "Don't Miss!"

    Fantastic! Tour de Force! Beautifully read. Powerful historical fiction from the great Charles Dickens.
    Keep up the good work Audible!




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    dachi 04-17-15
    dachi 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very disappointed"

    i was looking forward to this book; very disappointed... I don't know why people give it such a high ratings. I only managed to get thought 30% before i gave up...

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    BBDMan 02-11-15
    BBDMan 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    strange and different................. but it was a good read with a happy ending! You didn't see it coming..

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