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A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] Audiobook

A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

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Charles Dickens's classic of the French Revolution is expertly dramatized by Simon Vance. It's also a grand romance. Charles Darnay, the French émigré who relinquishes his title in disgust at the poverty wrought upon the peasants by the titled class, and Sydney Carton, the world-weary drunken London barrister, both love Lucie, the daughter of the unjustly imprisoned Dr. Alexandre Manette. Vance will have listeners weeping as Carton greets Madame Guillotine with some of the most famous lines in literature. Carton's depression and ultimate redemption are crystal clear; Madame Defarge, with her clicking knitting needles, takes on appropriate menace; and Jarvis Lorry, the reliable "man of business," loves Lucie as if she were his daughter.

Publisher's Summary

This novel provides a highly charged examination of human suffering and human sacrifice, private experience and public history, during the French Revolution.

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. Finally released, he is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, who despite her French ancestry has been brought up in London. Lucie falls in love with Charles Darnay, another expatriate, who has abandoned wealth and a title in France because of his political convictions. When revolution breaks out in Paris, Darnay returns to the city to help an old family servant, but there he is arrested because of the crimes committed by his relations. His wife, Lucie, their young daughter, and her aged father follow him across the channel, thus putting all their lives in danger.

©1923 Public Domain; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Sandra 11-28-13
    Sandra 11-28-13 Member Since 2012

    I was educated into oblivion but have overcome and am having a wonderful life

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    "the french revolution"
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    The extraordinary insight into the French Revolution


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

    When Mr Curtin, unable to recognize Lucy as good, beautiful, and desirable accepted his wasted life with bitter, painful resignation. The remainder of Sidney Curtin's tale is what he is to later become through Lucy and Charles -- what he had only once seen and had not been able to lay hold of -- it was only a mirage for him. I love the influence that Lucy had on him. It shows the power of friendship and love.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Charles. Charles, the son of a perverse father and a compassionate mother. I love what he became - a man who worked for a living, fell in love, and always served the best interests of those around him.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jenn 06-07-13
    jenn 06-07-13
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    "Charles Dickens is funnier now that i'm an adult."

    i am not sure i finished this book when i was suppose to read it in high school. but i have to admit that listening through it this time has made me appreciate the subtle humor that i didn't get previously. far more enjoyable when not required, not to mention (God forbid) the mental maturity i have gained since my teenage years. while the narration isn't by any means terrible, it's not fantastic either. i find i get tired of the voices before i get tired of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Northport, AL, United States 04-22-13
    Andrew Northport, AL, United States 04-22-13
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    "The Rewards of Sacrifice"
    What made the experience of listening to A Tale of Two Cities the most enjoyable?

    I loved everything after the year 1789. I did not quite understand where the novel was heading until that year in the novel. Up until this point the novel contains a lot of details that the reader assumes come into play later, but it wasn't until the last third that the intention became clear to me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carton. I also liked the Manettes too.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Simon Vance is a rock star. No particular character stood out to me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not exactly, but the last third was about as intense as you'll find in a classic of this sort.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 02-11-13
    Sharon 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Rereading after High School"
    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

    I would read this book again because there were parts of this book that I missed. I actually went to Sparksnotes to confirm that I heard it correctly. I did. It was Dickens and the way he wrote. Knowing that the book was written as a serial made it more intriguing.


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

    When the prisoner switch took place. No, when Madam Defarge was killed. It was very exciting and I remembered why I loved this book in High School.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Dr Manette was my favorite. Even with his fragile mind he stepped up for his daughter and her family, a true hero.


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

    I really enjoyed the part where Miss Pross killed Madam Defarge. Miss Pross protected Lucy because she loved her. I think Madam Defarge was just interested in vengeance, not really due to loyalty to her family. It may have started out as loyalty but went too far.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in High School and enjoyed it. I questioned my opinion when the reading started. Shortly into book two I was hooked. When the book was finished I missed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    debsbully Farr West, UT, US 01-15-13
    debsbully Farr West, UT, US 01-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing classic!"
    If you could sum up A Tale of Two Cities in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, heart wrenching, and and inspiring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sydney Carton


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Charles Darnay wakes up and realizes what has been done for him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beautiful story of love and sacrifice.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley United States 12-19-12
    Ashley United States 12-19-12
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    "Too Bad They Don't Make Books Like This Anymore"
    What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

    I loved the character development. Granted, it took a while before I became attached to the characters, but once the plot began to thicken, I suddenly found myself looking forward to my commute so that I could hear what happened next, and knowing the background of all the people involved made what was going on in the story so much more meaningful.


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

    When the letter was read that tied everything together.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the last half of the book, every scene was my favorite. The early chapters were a bit slow going (I think it was Chapter 9 that hooked me), but toward the end I couldn't stop listening. The ending was everything that it should be.


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

    No laughing or crying, but many "heart-swelling" moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book much better than I remember liking Great Expectations, which I read in 9th grade. This book had a good story and had me rooting for the characters, and it reached it's destination in a fantastic climax.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 12-18-12
    Brian 12-18-12 Member Since 2016

    Engineer & Artist -- Learning to use all my senses to enrich the journey of life

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    "Engaging, sad, compelling story"
    If you could sum up A Tale of Two Cities in three words, what would they be?

    Resurrection, Beauty, and Vengeance


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Mr. Lorry, the impeccable businessman, and steady companion through it all


    Any additional comments?

    I had never read the book before, so the audiobook took me on a wonderful journey. The language is highly descriptive yet lyrical leaving me sometimes in a daze while other times with my heart in earnest. I've always known the French Revolution was a momentary departure from reality by a strong people, but this book puts both the aristocratic arrogance and the unrestrained vengeance of the populace in perspective.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Toni 12-08-12
    Toni 12-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "You are THERE! - the Reign of Terror"

    Planning a trip to France for the first time. I've read a couple of books about the French revolution, but I felt that Dickens' portrayal of the rebels and aristocrats in this book really put the listener in the thick of what was going through everyone’s head shortly before and during the Reign of Terror. I had a much better understanding than with the other two books. If my brief Google research is correct, Dickens wrote this approx. 70 years after the revolution, and it seems very fresh with his telling. On the downside, the characters can be a bit dated (melodramatic) by today’s standards and I struggled for the first hour with the flowery language, but you get the hang of it. Didn’t keep me from sobbing at the end of this touching tale, LOL. I bet the version narrated by Frank Mueller is killer, but the price was right for this one, and the accents are probably more authentic with Simon Vance. Definitely recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon 11-05-12
    Brandon 11-05-12
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    "Beautiful story! Beautiful Narration!"
    If you could sum up A Tale of Two Cities in three words, what would they be?

    Artfuk Social Reflection


    What did you like best about this story?

    Both the elegance of the writing and the skillfulness in portraying, describing, and satirically addressing social, historical,moral, common, uncommon events and subjects.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    All are masterfully done


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

    Both.there are many heart-wrenching moments, and also many lovely, laudable, and some funny moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the few works of literature that are deemed 'classics' that I have thoroughly enjoyed! And listening to the narration of Simon Vance helped bring this work alive. <br/>READ IT! LISTEN TO IT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Durant, FL, United States 11-05-12
    Samuel Durant, FL, United States 11-05-12
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    "Great Story"
    If you could sum up A Tale of Two Cities in three words, what would they be?

    Great Listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dicken's ability to capture the French Revolution was amazing


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Sidney


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book while sitting in traffic on the way to and from work. Driving in Manila traffic is normally the worst part of my day. However, I found myself looking forward to the drive so I could listen to more of Dicken's tale. Also, Simon Vance did a great job reading the story, he made the characters come alive.<br/>

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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