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  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    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.

    Teddy says: "Truly a Classic"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"; "It is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"; so the novel begins and ends with some of Dicken's best-known words, and between the two is every Briton's view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.

    K. Hicks says: "A Rediscovery of an Old Friend"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jon Smith
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    In this staple of classic literature, Charles Dickens tells the tale of fueding classes set at the inception and escalation of the French Revolution. Amidst the upheaval, righteous former aristocrat Charles Darnay becomes wrongly tangled in unfortunate events, endangering his freedom and family. Sidney Carton, a cynical lawyer who squandered his life away, seeks to redress his unhappiness through Darnay's beautiful wife, Lucie.

    Linda says: "A Great Classic Performed With Perfection"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    It was the time of the French Revolution, a time of great change and great danger. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty. Against this tumultuous historical backdrop, Dickens’ dramatic story of adventure and courage unfolds.

    Laura says: "A twisting tale"
  • A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Tony says: "Great Literature and Great Narration"
  • A Tale of Two Cities: A Story of the French Revolution | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities: A Story of the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Roger Watson
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    Charles Dickens takes us to the year 1775, where England and France are undergoing a period of social upheaval and turmoil. The forces that are leading to revolution in France are colliding with a circle of people in England, causing their destinies to be irrevocably intertwined. A Tale of Two Cities has helped to shape our understanding of one of the most pivotal events in modern history: the French Revolution and the birth of the new French Republic.

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Naxos] | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities [Naxos]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    "It was the best of times and the worst of times." In one of the most famous openings of any novel, Dickens masterfully presents the turmoil of the French Revolution, which is the backdrop for a novel of love, patience, hope, and self-sacrifice. This version is read by Anton Lesser, whose award-winning Dickens recordings in their abridged form has now resulted in the opportunity to read the full unabridged text.

    G. House Sr. says: "Classic Home Run"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Charles Dance, John Duttine
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    A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Dickens' heart-stopping historical adventure set in the French Revolution and featuring the gentle Charles Darnay and the dissolute Sydney Carton. The action switches between London and Paris during the nightmare of The Terror - and in the shadow of Madame Guillotine - in this Sony award-winning drama that captures the joy and anguish of those corrupt and turbulent times.

  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    The novel is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution and depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. The main characters are Charles Darnay, a French aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Sydney Carton a British barrister.

    Barbara H. says: "Wonderfully read classic"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    As the starving people rise up against the ruling class during the French Revolution, there are vivid descriptions of the storming of the Bastille and the death cells of the aristocrats who have been doomed to the guillotine. The sinister Madame Defarge, charming Charles Darnay and herioc Sidney Carton are but a few of this beautiful novel's unforgettable characters.

  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    The most famous and possibly the most popular of Dickens's novels, A Tale of Two Cities shows a master of dramatic narrative extracting gold from the ore of history. If the bloody tableau of the French Revolution were not in itself sufficient for a dozen novels, Dickens added to it a professional resurrectionist, an authentic ogress, and an antihero as convincingly flawed as any in modern literature.

    Patricia says: "A tale of two cities"
  • The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to A Tale of Two Cities | David Timson

    The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to A Tale of Two Cities

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    • By David Timson
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    David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature.

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books] | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!"
  • A Tale of Two Cities (Dramatised) | Charles Dickens,Mike Walker (dramatisation)

    A Tale of Two Cities (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Mike Walker (dramatisation)
    • Narrated By Robert Lindsay, Alison Steadman, Jonathan Coy, and others
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    From the echo of the first line ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’ to the final ‘It is a far far better thing that I do than I have ever done’, Dickens’ classic novel of the French revolution tells a story of the redemptive powers of love in the face of cruelty, violence and neglect.

  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    With well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period.

    LifetimeRoad says: "Poor quality and narration"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Ian Richardson
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    After 18 years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the aging Dr. Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England.

    VR says: "tremendous narration-- dickens words come alive"
  • More Tales of the City: Tales of the City, Book 2 | Armistead Maupin

    More Tales of the City: Tales of the City, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
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    The tenants of 28 Barbary Lane have fled their cozy nest for adventures far afield. Mary Ann Singleton finds love at sea with a forgetful stranger, Mona Ramsey discovers her doppelgänger in a desert whorehouse, and Michael Tolliver bumps into his favorite gynecologist in a Mexican bar. Meanwhile, their venerable landlady takes the biggest journey of all - without ever leaving home.

    Scott says: "More Real City Life Captured by Maupin"
  • A Tale of Two Cities (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library | Charles Dickens,Jennifer Bassett (adaptation)

    A Tale of Two Cities (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Jennifer Bassett (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffen
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    The Marquis lay there, like stone, with a knife pushed into his heart. On his chest lay a piece of paper, with the words: Drive him fast to the grave. This is from JACQUES. ’The French Revolution brings terror and death to many people. But even in these troubled times people can still love and be kind. They can be generous and true-hearted . . . and brave. An Oxford Bookworms Library reader for learners of English, adapted from the Charles Dickens original by Ralph Mowat.

  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
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    The "two cities" are Paris in the time of the French Revolution, and London. Dr. Manette, a French physician, having been called in to treat a young peasant and his sister, realizes that they have been cruelly abused by the Marquis de St. Evremonde and his brother. To ensure Dr. Manette's silence, the Marquis has him confined for 18 years in the Bastille. The doctor has just been released, demented, when the story opens.

    Ed says: "Great book, most of the time"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Ian Richardson
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