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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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    Ashley United States 12-19-12
    Ashley United States 12-19-12
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    "Too Bad They Don't Make Books Like This Anymore"
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    I loved the character development. Granted, it took a while before I became attached to the characters, but once the plot began to thicken, I suddenly found myself looking forward to my commute so that I could hear what happened next, and knowing the background of all the people involved made what was going on in the story so much more meaningful.


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

    When the letter was read that tied everything together.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the last half of the book, every scene was my favorite. The early chapters were a bit slow going (I think it was Chapter 9 that hooked me), but toward the end I couldn't stop listening. The ending was everything that it should be.


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

    No laughing or crying, but many "heart-swelling" moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book much better than I remember liking Great Expectations, which I read in 9th grade. This book had a good story and had me rooting for the characters, and it reached it's destination in a fantastic climax.

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    Brian 12-18-12
    Brian 12-18-12 Member Since 2015

    Engineer & Artist -- Learning to use all my senses to enrich the journey of life

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    "Engaging, sad, compelling story"
    If you could sum up A Tale of Two Cities in three words, what would they be?

    Resurrection, Beauty, and Vengeance


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

    Mr. Lorry, the impeccable businessman, and steady companion through it all


    Any additional comments?

    I had never read the book before, so the audiobook took me on a wonderful journey. The language is highly descriptive yet lyrical leaving me sometimes in a daze while other times with my heart in earnest. I've always known the French Revolution was a momentary departure from reality by a strong people, but this book puts both the aristocratic arrogance and the unrestrained vengeance of the populace in perspective.

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    Toni 12-08-12
    Toni 12-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "You are THERE! - the Reign of Terror"

    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.

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    JP Albuquerque, NM, United States 12-04-12
    JP Albuquerque, NM, United States 12-04-12
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    "First audible book on kindle"
    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

    The narrator Simon Vance was terrific and A Tale of Two Cities is a classic.


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

    Simon Vance did excellent accents for different characters. He was so fun to listen to and brought the story to life in a way that wouldn't have happened had I read it.


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

    No.


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    H. Fulcher 11-29-12
    H. Fulcher 11-29-12
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    "great -- little tough with old-world language"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, I had times I wanted to stop at because of the language used. Great book but a little tough in some of the spots describing the rebellions.


    Any additional comments?

    I would totally listen to it 3 or 4 times.

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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 2015

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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.

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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.


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  • janien
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    "Disappointed with this dickens novel"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Has A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] put you off other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not. But nobody can enjoy all of the classics.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Good performance


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  • Tekin
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    6/14/13
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    "Great"

    What can Say It's great performance.Nice and clear voice.I like it very much.Thanks for everything.

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