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A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books] Audiobook

A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

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Audible Editor Reviews

Among the most talented and influential voices to grace the audiobook format, Shakespearean actor Frank Muller delivers an electric performance of a story that demands it. Urgency and tumult seem to bellow forth from the indefatigable Muller as he untangles the web of conflict that drives Dickens' historical epic. The French aristocracy’s self-satisfied arrogance is set in contrast with the outraged militance of the downtrodden peasantry. Muller gives a unique voice to each member of the warring classes while nevertheless betraying the selfish motives that bind them all. Dickens' competing lovers, the aristocratic Charles Darnay and his jealous doppelgänger, Sydney Carton, are by turn endowed with desperate passion and tender selflessness as they grapple with historical forces beyond their control.

Publisher's Summary

"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...

(P)1986 by Recorded Books, Inc.

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    Randy 06-14-13
    Randy 06-14-13
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    "Well Worth Sticking with it"
    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

    Although I fell asleep many times while listening to the first half of the book and in fact had abandoned listening altogether, I did give it a second try and was very glad I did. I will listen again if for no other reason to pay closer attention to the character development.


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

    The action in Paris during the revolution was all very compelling -sad but very memorable/


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say without giving up part of the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration is superb!

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    Andrew MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, United States 05-25-13
    Andrew MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrific Performance of a Classic!"

    Charles Dickens is, as we all know, a fantastic author of several classics, and A Tale of Two Cities is surely one of his greatest. Frank Muller's excellent performance of this work added even more quality to the book, so he must be praised for his clarity and eloquence, even when portraying characters in sorrow or rage - very well done, indeed.

    It's hard for me to decide which character I enjoyed best until the last few chapters. I read the book in my teenage years, so I knew that Sydney Carton was a person of some significance; I just couldn't recall why. His actions were very inspiring, especially because of the lack of necessity in them. He really could've just tipped off Dr Manette as to Madame Defarge's plan, telling him to get Lucie and her daughter out. They would've been safe in their flight, though grieving for Charles Darnay. Carton's passion for Lucie is so great that he decides to take the place of the man who, in the quest for Lucie's love, could be considered his nemesis. The words running through his mind as he is preparing to be guillotined are profound, to say the least, and they are a way of comforting himself as he dreams of the future happiness of his love. But I also enjoy the short but comforting chat he has with the Seamstress, a young lady (who he addresses as his 'gentle sister') who is to be guillotined just before him, assuring her that there is no Time in the afterlife, so she will not be troubled in waiting for her younger cousin where she believes she and Carton will be 'mercifully sheltered.'

    A great work of art that is well-performed by an excellent narrator. I look forward to more works by both Dickens and Mr Muller again!

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    Richard 04-02-13
    Richard 04-02-13
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    "Sydney Carton's words are beautifully rendered"
    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

    Yes, parts of it many times. Dickens use of imagery and his insight into human emotions make him one of my favorite authors. His dialogue is not always natural, but is almost always wonderful. Makes you wish that people really talked that way.


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

    The end of the story shows Dickens at his best. In addition, the scene between the released prisoner and his daughter is masterful.


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

    Mr. Muller does a great job with the character's voices. His reading of Sydney Carton's last thoughts on the scaffold is stunning. (Yes, this it the "It's a far, far..." monologue.) You'll want to hear that part over and over again.


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

    This is not much humor in this story, and it is basically dark and grim. It will take you a while to warm up to it. Dickens' shows the French peasants in their abject poverty and misery and in their pitiless revenge against the ruling class and the aristocracy.


    Any additional comments?

    As with most Dickens' writing, some parts are too long, there are too many coincidences, digressions are often too long and come at bad times, romantic love is...well...over-romanticized, etc. Some devices are more artful that realistic e.g. the elaborately written story found in the prisoner's cell. However, everything else is so well done that I find it easy to overlook the parts that work less well.

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    Joange Rice, VA, United States 03-22-13
    Joange Rice, VA, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just too difficult of a listen"

    I tried, I really did, to listen to this classic. I read it many years ago in high school and thought I'd like to revisit it. The reader was very hard to understand - partly because of the way the thing is written.....long, windy sentences relating to things not of the immediate story. I realize Dickens isn't a feel good writer but this was just a downer.

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    Clayton Bosler Kettering OH USA 03-15-13
    Clayton Bosler Kettering OH USA 03-15-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Magnifique!"
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    It's such a wonderful insight into the people, the times, the motivations underlying the French Revolution.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bitter-sweet ending...


    Any additional comments?

    Just another fabulous, can't recommend it enough offering from Dickens on Audible.

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    Elisheva Gordon 03-04-13
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    "Finding it hard to keep track"
    Any additional comments?

    I had previously tried reading the book, but just couldn't get into it. So I thought I'd try listening to it instead. While this Frank Muller is much better than the previous version I tried listening to, I still haven't gotten through it and am not really sure what's going on. I'm an avid classics reader, but somehow this one just doesn't speak to me.

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    Drake United States 02-25-13
    Drake United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic story, compelling narrator"
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    I loved the story and the history about the French Revolution. Also the main characters were fascinating people.


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

    The ending was the most moving and memorable.


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    Scott LAS CRUCES, NM, United States 02-20-13
    Scott LAS CRUCES, NM, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Well done"
    If you could sum up A Tale of Two Cities in three words, what would they be?

    suspenseful, wordy, dark


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

    The final escape sequence.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Dr Monett


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

    The ending was emotional and pulled at my heart strings.


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    Tinker Craighall, South Africa 02-19-13
    Tinker Craighall, South Africa 02-19-13
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    "A must read for all ages."

    What more is there for me to say. Read it at school, again when older but it was marvellous to have it read to me by such a marvellous narrator. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    Elizabeth Middletown, DE, United States 02-11-13
    Elizabeth Middletown, DE, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story and narrated so well."
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    The narration of Frank Muller was wonderful with French and English accents that brought the story to life.


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

    The twists and turns the story takes at the end!


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No... this was the first one, but I do have Great Expectations to listen to next.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was so well read.


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