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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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    Amazon Customer 05-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great on our road trip"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]?

    the entire book was riveting


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

    great accents, good tone and timing, pleasant voice, enthusiastic and expressive


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

    loved it


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    Corby Annapolis, MD, United States 01-09-15
    Corby Annapolis, MD, United States 01-09-15
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    "Most Excellent!"

    Long ago (60+ years), there was a vinyl record of Ronald Coleman reading this most affecting of stories. It was abridged, of course, but never failed to bring a tear. How much the more this presentation, full length, and read so expertly. Thanx for this!

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    Melissa Anchorage, AK, United States 01-04-15
    Melissa Anchorage, AK, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow to unfold but worth it"

    The recording is a bit quiet and the story is slow compared to modern works but very rewarding if you stay tuned in to the details. In the end I enjoyed the pace and the narrators skills.

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    Memphis Graton, CA, United States 01-12-14
    Memphis Graton, CA, United States 01-12-14
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    "WOW WOW WOW"

    Great story, great narration. A bit hard to follow mind you but once you get in the groove my goodness. Interesting fun fact, this book was released in parts and people (often illiterate) would pay to have it read to them, so an audiobook is perhaps its truest form! I even think there is some saying or catchphrase that has derived from this practice can't remember what it is though. It's not a history book but the general feelings and events described I believe give a better understanding of the times than any historical book, and in terms of the readership and long lasting effect this book will be what defines humanity's remembrance and understanding of the French Revolution, excepting films. Don't mind the haters, I guess its just above their heads or something.

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    neat 10-15-13
    neat 10-15-13
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    "Read too fast and not enough drama in voice"
    What disappointed you about A Tale of Two Cities?

    Too fast and the tone was so boring.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Could not finish but i guess the story is still a classic


    Any additional comments?

    No

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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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    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 Listener Since 2009
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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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