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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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Wonderful storycraft

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A wonderful performance of a treasured classic. The readers voice lifts the prose for the page, bringing dickens to life once again.

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Incredible

An awesome performance of a stunning work of literature. So glad I listened to it.

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must read

should be part of everyone's library. this is my favorite audio recording, first thing in the morning last thing at night. .

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Slow and Tedious

Would you consider the audio edition of A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] to be better than the print version?

I began reading this because it's a classic and every now and again I try to throw in a few of those.<br/><br/>I almost gave up on this, but I'm glad I hung in there. I listen to this book and used cliff notes to understand some the time-period references.

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Wow!

Amazing performance of an amazing title. I can't believe I've never read this one before, and I am very glad I did so with this recording. Simon Vance is my hero. I highly recommend any book he reads - especially the Sherlock Holmes series!

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A long wait for enjoyment

I had a couple of long journeys, with not much else to do. Without this I doubt I would have finished this book. The first three quarters of the novel are hard going. However it completely redeems itself in the run to the finish. The final few hours of listening were a joy. Was it worth the slog? I think so, but only just......

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A Classic Masterpiece

What made the experience of listening to A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] the most enjoyable?

I had not read this book since high school, but I remembered enjoying it then. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this classic again. The story and narration were great. Of course, this is a classic book, so expect more detailed descriptions and longer periods between action than you typically find in a modern book.

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

Simon Vance is one of the best Audible readers. He is good at bringing to life both the male and female voices without sounding too distracting.

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I just love this story!

What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]?

I never realized how utterly entertaining Charles Dickens is...the characters are so well developed and SUCH characters! I will be listening to this one many times.

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

The disgusting picture of the women knitting as they counted heads being chopped off. But the dramatic and exciting ending was the best.

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great

read this in high school and have quoted the lines:: it was the best of times..... and.... it is a far far.... Listening to it again at 65 have it more meaning as life experiences along the way make the characters feeing so much mite real. at this age one can so much better understand. great book. everyone should have the experience of reading when young and then later in life!

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Powerful story.

The beginning was a little hard to focus on, but once the story got around to focus on the main characters, it was gripping.

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