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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.

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

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
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    With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. It 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.

    Sab-E says: "Audio Chapters 41 and 42"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
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    "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done...." With these words and a superb act of bravery and sacrifice, one of the most badly behaved heroes of all time ends Charles Dickens' great tale of the French Revolution. This is a firework display of a book, a crackling picture of the ravages and excesses of starving, furious men and the astonishing acts of heroism that usually accompany them.

    Scott F Feighner says: "One of the best"
  • 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.

    Wendy Lohse says: "Best of Listens, Worst of Listens"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Richard Pasco
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    A Tale of Two Cities, one of Charles Dickens' most popular works, is highly recognized for its opening line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." The two cities of the title are Paris and London; the time is the height of the French Revolution. From the gripping opening scene of the coach drive to the heroic climax in the shadow of the guillotine, Dickens creates a vivid picture of social turmoil and the unfolding of a dramatic love story.

    Connie says: "almost great"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Adams
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    "A Tale of Two Cities" is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. 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.

  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
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    One of Dickens' most famous novels, this classic is set amid the turbulent times of the French Revolution. The main theme is the rescue of young Charles Darney, a French aristocrat sentenced to the guillotine by the "citizens" of the revolution. Out of the gloomy pall of the guillotine dungeons comes one of literature’s greatest heroes, Sidney Carton, the rescuer of Darney.

    Seeking Truth says: "Very well done"
  • A Tale of Two Cities: A Story of the French Revolution | Charles Dickens

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

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    • 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 [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 | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
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    Dickens' two cities are London and Paris during the time of the French Revolution. 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 eighteen years in the Bastille. As the story opens, the doctor has just been released. He is brought to England where he gradually recovers his health and his sanity.

    Madiantin says: "Classic not to be missed"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
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    Charles Dickens' classic story, A Tale of Two Cities, is set before and during the French Revolution. The people are divided not only by class but by war. It shows the cruelty shown by both sides of French society toward one another and compares these acts to those happening in London in the same time period. Listeners are sure to enjoy this timeless narrative.

    Andre says: "Masterful Storytelling"
  • A Tale of Two Cities: A Reader's Guide to the Charles Dickens Novel | Robert Crayola

    A Tale of Two Cities: A Reader's Guide to the Charles Dickens Novel

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    • By Robert Crayola
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    A Tale of Two Cities is one of the highest-selling novels of all time. With this new guide, you will have an even greater understanding of the book. Included in this guide: a biography of author Charles Dickens, a look at the book's context, its literary elements, detailed chapter summaries, analysis, and suggestions for essays.

  • 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: CliffsNotes | Marie Kalil, M.A.

    A Tale of Two Cities: CliffsNotes

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    • By Marie Kalil, M.A.
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
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    The CliffsNotes study guide on Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

  • 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"
  • Historia de dos ciudades [A Tale of Two Cities] | Charles Dickens

    Historia de dos ciudades [A Tale of Two Cities]

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jesús Rois Frey
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    Tomando como punto de referencia la revolución francesa, Dickens muestra los problemas sociales y políticos de Inglaterra, temiendo que la historia se repitiera en su país natal cuando el escribía esta novela.En el contraste de estas dos ciudades presentadas, Inglaterra se presenta como la confianza, la tranquilidad, el futuro asegurado, mientras Francia se convierte más y más peligrosa a medida que avanza la novela.

    León Délano says: "muy bien"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    Dr. Manette has emerged from eighteen years of unjust imprisonment in the Bastille. By an ironic twist of fate, his daughter Lucie's marriage draws the family into a terrifying web of circumstance which, it seems, can only end in death by the guillotine.

  • 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

    • 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"
  • A Tale of Two Cities (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library | Charles Dickens,Jennifer Bassett (adaptation)

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

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    • By Charles Dickens, Jennifer Bassett (adaptation)
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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.

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