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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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    Sabyasachi Sengupta Bangalore, India 11-26-12
    Sabyasachi Sengupta Bangalore, India 11-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful classic brought alive by the narration"
    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

    This is a wonderful classic which vividly brings out the conditions in France just before the revolution.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The one thing which clearly comes out of the story amidst all the deep shades of good and evil is the human side - their capacity to do both good and evil, to rise up in love and stoop down in malice - the author has beautifully shown how both co-exist.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Sidney Carton kisses the child of Lucy and murmurs his expectation to be remembered by the family just before leaving brought tears to my eyes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a pretty long book, and not of the type where you don't want to leave it wondering what will happen next. Moreover, I had read the book, so knew the story. This is a pure classic where you move along the narration at at an easy pace, and pick up seamlessly from where you stopped last time.


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    MichaelEng Charlotte, NC, USA 11-12-12
    MichaelEng Charlotte, NC, USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Narrator brought this book to life for me"
    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought the characters to life! I tried reading it and kept falling asleep, but the narrator brought a richness and depth of character that has made it a really enjoyable listen.


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    Brandon 11-05-12
    Brandon 11-05-12
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    "Beautiful story! Beautiful Narration!"
    If you could sum up A Tale of Two Cities in three words, what would they be?

    Artfuk Social Reflection


    What did you like best about this story?

    Both the elegance of the writing and the skillfulness in portraying, describing, and satirically addressing social, historical,moral, common, uncommon events and subjects.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    All are masterfully done


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

    Both.there are many heart-wrenching moments, and also many lovely, laudable, and some funny moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the few works of literature that are deemed 'classics' that I have thoroughly enjoyed! And listening to the narration of Simon Vance helped bring this work alive.
    READ IT! LISTEN TO IT!

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    Samuel Durant, FL, United States 11-05-12
    Samuel Durant, FL, United States 11-05-12
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    "Great Story"
    If you could sum up A Tale of Two Cities in three words, what would they be?

    Great Listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dicken's ability to capture the French Revolution was amazing


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Sidney


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book while sitting in traffic on the way to and from work. Driving in Manila traffic is normally the worst part of my day. However, I found myself looking forward to the drive so I could listen to more of Dicken's tale. Also, Simon Vance did a great job reading the story, he made the characters come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CEDAR CITY, UTAH, United States 11-05-12
    Amazon Customer CEDAR CITY, UTAH, United States 11-05-12
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    "Amazing story wonderfully read"
    Where does A Tale of Two Cities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been the most satisfying experience I've had with audio books so far. The others were good, but so far this has been the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The language is compelling and thought provoking. Dickens weaves an amazing story fleshing out all the characters to the fullest, arriving finally to a perfect finish.


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

    I have not listened to Simon Vance before. The voice he gives to each character is perfect, well delivered, and perfectly timed. I'm sure to listen to him again.


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

    The book surprised me. It's been quite a while since I've felt such a large variety of different emotions in a single book. Charles Dickens creates so believable a set of characters and situations that I found myself hoping and fearing for them often. Just fiction, but such a display of the human condition that I could identify with the many truths behind the fiction, and so felt real grief and hope and love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KENNETH bristol, CT, United States 10-29-12
    KENNETH bristol, CT, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic"
    If you could sum up A Tale of Two Cities in three words, what would they be?

    detailed,intricate, classic


    What did you like best about this story?

    the connectivity of characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The escape and death of madame Defarge


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Tale Of Two Cities


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leumas 10-10-12
    Leumas 10-10-12

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    "Nice Reading of a great classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Tale of Two Cities to be better than the print version?

    Very nice reading of this great classic. I very much enjoyed listening to it.


    What other book might you compare A Tale of Two Cities to and why?

    Excellent classic with fun plot and interesting dramatization with a historical back drop.


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    Terry San Diego, CA, United States 01-02-11
    Terry San Diego, CA, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    "The Master Weaver"

    The genius of Charles Dickens is, in my opinion, most poignantly evident in the mastery with which he weaves ornate tapestries of plotlines like colored thread and the majestic soul of the embroidered product. When reading Dickens, I feel as though I am watching the master draw forth here a thread of one color and there one of quite another that often seems discordant or at least out of place. However, as the inevitability and profound beauty of first the pattern, then the picture, and finally the panorama dawns, one cannot but help rejoicing in the author’s brilliant and steady hands.

    As is true of all great artists, authors, and composers, it is not merely the technical prowess that is honored by posterity, for many may possess it, but rather the soul which it so faithfully preserves. The abilities of Dickens as a writer need not be mentioned, for they are plain enough. While it is easy to lose oneself in the delicate balance and aesthetic perfection of Dickens’ stories, the sooner one moves on from this revery and instead reflects upon the silent impact made in their own heart, the sooner they will begin knowing something about Charles Dickens.

    This impact is unabashedly and undeniably of a spiritual, and primarily of a Christian nature. Convinced secular minds can certainly appreciate the literary talent but, by their very commitment to secularity, will remain unequal to the task of penetrating the most moving innermost themes in this and other novels by Dickens. Either these themes are vacuous drivel or eternal truths. This is no forum for philosophical debate but this is the crossroads all readers must navigate when reading authors of spiritual conviction.

    This book, or shall I say, Charles Dickens himself is worthy of your time and attention. The wisdom he imparts, especially through the character of Sydney Carton, will forever change an open heart.

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    Erika 01-14-13
    Erika 01-14-13
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    "A Long tale of two cities"
    What did you like best about A Tale of Two Cities? What did you like least?

    The story was intersting now and again. I did not like all the strange words in the book and the fact hat things were said over and over in different words. It causes youto loose the just of the story especially if you are not a fast reader.


    What was most disappointing about Charles Dickens’s story?

    It is never ending. The audio book made is seem interesting and it made it a faster read. The change in voice when different characters spoke helped in keeping ideas about characters together. Reading it on my own would have been list a long time ago.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    At least we got the just of it amidst all the words - only due to the audio. Simon Vance did a wonderful job in making the story alive. Without the audio, I would not have finished the book.


    Did A Tale of Two Cities inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vivek Sharma Gurgaon, India 09-17-12
    Vivek Sharma Gurgaon, India 09-17-12

    Practice what you Preach

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    "I am addicted"
    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

    Very well written. Love the narrator's voice. It took me 300 years back so softly and without knowing I am deep drowned in the story.


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

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    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

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

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    Any additional comments?

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    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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