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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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    Yuletides FL 05-17-15
    Yuletides FL 05-17-15 Member Since 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

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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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    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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    TDH 02-08-15
    TDH 02-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dickens Deserves a Better Narrator"

    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.

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    Troy Brua 02-07-15
    Troy Brua 02-07-15
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    "great"

    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!

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    Rebecca 01-31-15
    Rebecca 01-31-15
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    "Return to high school"

    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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    T. Powers 01-19-15
    T. Powers 01-19-15
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    "Powerful story."

    The beginning was a little hard to focus on, but once the story got around to focus on the main characters, it was gripping.

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