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A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] Audiobook

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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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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    KENNETH bristol, CT, United States 10-29-12
    KENNETH bristol, CT, United States 10-29-12
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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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RONALD Bellevue, Wa, United States 10-02-12
    RONALD Bellevue, Wa, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth listening to."
    Where does A Tale of Two Cities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A good story. It also starts you thinking more about history and our time and place.


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

    No, too intense, and at times too slow.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Deskins 11-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!!!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Portland, OR, United States 04-09-15
    Tim Portland, OR, United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for me"

    I listened to this because it was a "classic" and I have been wanting to listen to more of those types of books. However, I just didn't find this book all that great. I guess if you easily buy into wanting the "good guys" to win then it might be more enjoyable. But Charles Dickens gives me very little reason to care more for the main characters than any of the others. Also he doesn't explore the side characters near enough and expects me to apply a lot of common traits to them that I wouldn't assume would be there. I am glad I listened to it because it helps me further refine my tastes but it was not all that enjoyable.

    The narrator also narrated Dune which I listened to all of the books. It was a decent performance, but I feel it was lacking a but of emotion which might have helped with the characters in some slight way? But the narration was not distracting and was good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher C. Cole Cincinnati, OH United States 03-25-15
    Christopher C. Cole Cincinnati, OH United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great narration of a great book"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 3 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.

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    Amazon Customer 01-02-11
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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.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-09-16
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    "Great!"

    I loved it! The ending was a surprise and I thought a very good one. The story to me is one that shows a lot about human nature. It shows the good and the bad.

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    Callie 02-08-16
    Callie 02-08-16
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    "a classic tale read for you"

    the classic tale divided into three books is a difficult lesson at first. But eventually the tail weed self together into an enjoyable listen. Set in revolutionary France, the story of a family swept up in the revolution

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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tekin
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    What can Say It's great performance.Nice and clear voice.I like it very much.Thanks for everything.

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