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A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook

A Tale of Two Cities

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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.

(P)1983 HNP, Produced by Felix Fisher

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    Connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-27-08
    Connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-27-08 Member Since 2017
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    "almost great"

    To me, this just missed being a great listen. Although others have said they liked the narrator, I found him a touch too melodramatic in many places, highlighting that weaker aspect of the novel. I wish that I had downloaded the F Davidson version instead.

    Some of the online "product descriptions" call this Dickens' only "not comic" novel -- I thought 2 Cities contained much excellent ironic humour.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dee Aledo, TX, United States 01-16-09
    Dee Aledo, TX, United States 01-16-09
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    "Very good reading of a great book"

    A Tale of Two Cities has always been a favorite book, the tragedy, the intrigue, the sweep of fate. But I didn't realize how much of the book I was skimming over when reading it until I listened to the audio. The narrator is excellent. His use of different voices is seamless and well done, adding much to the understanding of the book. The portrayed emotion also is excellent. I enjoyed this recording immensely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J B Tipton Minneapolis, MN USA 09-23-07
    J B Tipton Minneapolis, MN USA 09-23-07 Member Since 2017
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    "Historical Dickens"

    A Tale of Two Cities seems to me one of the least Dickensian of Dickens' novels. It is my least favorite of his completed later works. Richard Pasco does a good job reading the book, but the female voices are a bit of a problem. The recording is fine.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    HikeBikeCampKayak United States 09-14-17
    HikeBikeCampKayak United States 09-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Unbelievable!"

    What a great story! What an awesome performance by the narrator! I see now why "A Tale of Two Cities" is regarded as a timeless literary classic. Well done!

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    J. Rowberg Roanoke, VA USA 08-10-17
    J. Rowberg Roanoke, VA USA 08-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great performance of a timeless classic"

    Recorded in 1983, this audio is as clear as yesterday. The reading is dramatic without being excessive and the voices are mostly good. There were a few places where two-party dialog was hard to follow when the voices were similar, and sometimes Lucie and Jerry were almost a whisper. Miss Pross is the best.

    The story is a little slow in places during the first two books but if you appreciate Dickens' satirical humor it's still a fun listen. I found the story itself was somewhat predictable because of Dickens' use of foreshadowing and metaphor, but that made it stronger.

    In summary, this book is a classic for obvious reasons. It is deep, but not too deep. It is about suffering, but filled with love and life and hope. It was the best couple bucks I've spent at Audible yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. R. Paschen 12-28-15
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    "Great"

    The reader, Richard Pasco, is one of the best I have ever heard. His performance was outstanding.

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    Glen More 12-05-15
    Glen More 12-05-15
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    "Wonderful. Trust me"

    It's an exemplary production of a classic story, told by a terrific narrator. It's an exemplary production of a classic story, told by a terrific narrator.

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    Kristina 05-20-15
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    "Stupendous!"

    World class performance by Richard Pasco! A heart wrenching, hope inspiring novel full of the best heroes; the brave, pure-hearted and sacrificial strongmen we all hope to be!

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    mariah huntington beach, CA, United States 11-03-09
    mariah huntington beach, CA, United States 11-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    "THRILLING!"

    Dicken's deep intuition into human character and thought and the sophistication of his powers of observation are so exciting. The narrator, a Shakespearean actor of wonderful skill, gives a thrilling performance. His characterization of Cruncher is especially delicious! Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebekah 12-25-08
    Rebekah 12-25-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Best opening sentence in litterature"

    In listening to this book, I am reminded why it is a classic. Somehow hearing the story read gave me a new appreciation of the beauty of Dickens use of language. I read it many years ago when I was in high school and have seen good and not so good movie versions of it. The characters have almost become stereotypes in my mind; Mde Desfarges knitting at the Guillotine, the craggy lost Dr Monette, prisoner of the Bastille. Listening to Dickens words made these complex, fascinating characters come alive. We are transported into 18th century England and France and relive the events of the French revolution through their eyes. The atmosphere of the times is brilliantly evoked and the motivations of the actors involved detailed. His description of the storming of the Bastille makes the reader feel she was there. The many plot twists keep the reader wanting more. This work, as do his others, reveals Dickens as a commentator on social conditions. This is a historical novel with much to contemplate for today's reader.Of course you must also get part 2 to hear the best closing sentence in literature. A great read!

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