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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (401,129 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Ian Richardson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” 

The famous opening words of Charles Dickens's most exciting and popular novel perfectly capture the essence of the French Revolution. Swept up in the tide of cruelty and bloodshed are Charles Darnay, the innocent victim condemned for the crimes of his aristocratic uncle, and Sidney Carton, his mysterious and disreputable double. Linked by their love for the same woman, fate hurls them into the dangers of Paris, where they must fight for their lives against the citizens’ thirst for revenge.

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  • [A Tale of Two Cities] has the best of Dickens and the worst of Dickens: a dark, driven opening, and a celestial but melodramatic ending; a terrifyingly demonic villainess and (even by Dickens’ standards) an impossibly angelic heroine. Though its version of the French Revolution is brutally simplified, its engagement with the immense moral themes of rebirth and terror, justice, and sacrifice gets right to the heart of the matter . . . For every reader in the past hundred and forty years and for hundreds to come, it is an unforgettable ride. from the Introduction by Simon Schama

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan | 2/11/2014

    " and by finished i mean im done with this book for class and i wont be touching it again for a while. The bits i read were fantastically written, but class deadlines were impossible to meet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim | 2/10/2014

    " crazy how different my reading of this was this time from years ago when i read it. brilliant stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dr. Michael Galvin | 2/2/2014

    " The problem I have with Dickens (and Hardy for that matter) is the wordiness. My God, it takes Dickens three pages to say what Hemingway would say in two sentences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bobd | 1/23/2014

    " It was the best of times. I had a dickins of a time with some padded sections. Still a good read of a novel no one reads for pleasure any longer. "

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