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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Planning a trip to France for the first time. I've read a couple of books about the French revolution, but I felt that Dickens' portrayal of the rebels and aristocrats in this book really put the listener in the thick of what was going through everyone’s head shortly before and during the Reign of Terror. I had a much better understanding than with the other two books. If my brief Google research is correct, Dickens wrote this approx. 70 years after the revolution, and it seems very fresh with his telling. On the downside, the characters can be a bit dated (melodramatic) by today’s standards and I struggled for the first hour with the flowery language, but you get the hang of it. Didn’t keep me from sobbing at the end of this touching tale, LOL. I bet the version narrated by Frank Mueller is killer, but the price was right for this one, and the accents are probably more authentic with Simon Vance. Definitely recommend it.
Artfuk Social Reflection
Both the elegance of the writing and the skillfulness in portraying, describing, and satirically addressing social, historical,moral, common, uncommon events and subjects.
All are masterfully done
Both.there are many heart-wrenching moments, and also many lovely, laudable, and some funny moments.
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!
Dicken's ability to capture the French Revolution was amazing
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.
the connectivity of characters
The escape and death of madame Defarge
A Tale Of Two Cities
A good story. It also starts you thinking more about history and our time and place.
No, too intense, and at times too slow.
I really enjoyed this book, I had always wanted to read it and never had the time to actually sit down with it. Simon Vance is a wonderful narrator and does a splendid job with this story.
Simon Vance does a great job narrating this wonderful book. The madness of crowds is scary, whether it's occupy Wall Street or the French Revolution.
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.
"Disappointed with this dickens novel"
I read as it's a classic on the 1001 books to read before you die lists.
After great expectations, I simply didn't enjoy as much. It's a love story of sorts and it simply wasn't for me. I was expecting a grittier French Revolution story.
Absolutely not. But nobody can enjoy all of the classics.
What can Say It's great performance.Nice and clear voice.I like it very much.Thanks for everything.
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