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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: June 2005 ISBN: 9781429585484
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 aj | 1/20/2014

    " Truly Magnificent. Charles Dickens is a master storyteller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/20/2014

    " Masterfully woven, A Tale of Two Cities does not disappoint. Well worth the effort and concentration that reading Dickens requires. This novel has it all! Too many "favorites" to quote, but was touched most by Lucie's thoughts of Sydney Carton, realizing I should adopt them as my own towards others---"I would ask you, dearest to be very generous with him always, and lenient on his faults when he is not by. I would ask you to believe that he has a heart he very seldom reveals, and that there are deep wounds in it...But, I am sure that he is capable of good things, gentle things, even magnanimous things." Love, love, love this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drakeflock | 1/18/2014

    " Yea, I'm going back to Young Adult books... This was a real task to finish. I suppose I'm glad I read it--represents the French Revoltion in stark, personal terms, but I'm going to have do the classics over the summer, not in my first year of teaching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/16/2014

    " Much better the 2nd time around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keilen | 1/14/2014

    " The majority of this book is careful, deliberate, and occasionally slow setup for an intense and emotional last few chapters. I rarely enjoy reading and analyzing books in English class, but I absolutely adore this book. I teared up a few times, I had excited moments of piecing clues together, and I gasped when secrets were revealed. All in all, a very deep and emotional read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rubi G | 1/14/2014

    " While I didn't really like this book, I really enjoyed reading about what felt like a behind the scenes of the incidents leading up to the french revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki Mohamed | 1/7/2014

    " Sydney Carton is my favorite hero ever. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Raquel | 1/3/2014

    " I hated, HATED this book. It was required reading freshmen year. The only assigned book that I resorted to using Sparknotes for that year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selena | 1/2/2014

    " I really adored this book. The whole first half wasn't that great, but I really liked the ending! (: "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Hoyle | 12/13/2013

    " Only book I've read several times. Best Dickens by far (except for A Christmas Carol, of course!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zhuo Zhang | 12/13/2013

    " a permanent reminder of you cj xyn ym... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 novia | 12/7/2013

    " I couldn't pass 30 pages...sorry "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malvika | 12/5/2013

    " Nice Plot...but there was so much live description.it sounded boring at times.End was drastic....loved the end.But still a nice book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Viard | 12/1/2013

    " seriously one of my favourite books by one of my favourite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette shumway | 11/18/2013

    " Haven't cried this hard in a long time. Loved it. The writing is beautiful and the story is captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tabitha Tufts | 11/16/2013

    " When I read this book I didn't like it. I found it confusing and depressing. Looking at it again I like it more. You need to focus on characters instead of plot, gives you a good window into history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Baena | 11/11/2013

    " Excellent read. It has everything: injustice, hope, love, drama, French Revolution, sacrifice. Hats off to Dickens, definitely one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Elliott | 10/26/2013

    " The last third (or so) of the book makes the long setup worth it. Madame DeFarge and Miss Pross, 'nuff said. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph | 10/18/2013

    " This was a library reading group choice and I was trying to read it in a hurry. I didn't get very far; too many characters and too descriptive - typical Dickens! I will try again when my mind is free enough to take it in... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 9/26/2013

    " Well worth a re-read, 40 years or more after I last read this masterpiece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ma | 9/14/2013

    " This is my favorite Dickens. Most memorable line? "It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helaine | 7/8/2013

    " I read this in 9th grade. We had to put together some kind of project with regard to the book and my two friends and I decided on a "You Are There" sketch aiming for humor. It was very successful and I certainly remember it and the book because of the project. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judie | 6/18/2013

    " I read this in high school and couldn't stop crying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/14/2013

    " One of my favorite classics! I've read it twice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Messick-Milone | 5/17/2013

    " The one Dickens classic I can say I truly enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madame Butterfly | 12/13/2012

    " I have very,very mixed feelings about this book. At times I absolutely adored it and then at other times it was the worst book on earth. But all of that laborious reading was worth it in the end. Oh the end!!! It was just so sad!! So beautiful!! Sydney Carton the best character EVER!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 12/4/2012

    " Beautifully written, descriptions. I liked that it was to the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 iprefernot2 | 11/12/2012

    " "These are desperate times and these are unsavory indivduals who will take desperate measures to get what they want." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 10/29/2012

    " I am finally reading this and I am ready to be done because it takes so much concentration, but now that I am within pages of the end, I am really enjoying it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph | 10/5/2012

    " This was a library reading group choice and I was trying to read it in a hurry. I didn't get very far; too many characters and too descriptive - typical Dickens! I will try again when my mind is free enough to take it in... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominic Brandwood | 9/7/2012

    " Not as kaboom as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantelle Finley | 8/7/2012

    " I have no fucking clue what's going on in this book right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Lento | 7/17/2012

    " I can't believe kids would complain about reading this book in high school.....this book was amazing! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Book Addict | 7/1/2012

    " This book was sooooooooooooo dry. Good story line but very dry. It might have had to do with the fact that Charles Dickens was a paid author,so he was paid for each and every word. I'm glad he made a living and everything but this book dragged o and on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merve Tuncel | 1/12/2012

    " dull at first but gets better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roni | 11/27/2011

    " this book took me forever to read and normally i'm a fast reader. It didn't get interesting until the third, and last, section of the book, the majority of the rest of the book was boring beyond belief "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maura | 11/26/2011

    " Just an all time wonderful book. I read this in high school and loved it! I want to read it again now as an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Nolin | 11/23/2011

    " Dicken's more serious side. Occasionally i was bored, but of course a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frederic Pierce | 11/3/2011

    " A book that influenced the course of my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Jo | 10/3/2011

    " In the 8th grade, this book opened my eyes to the unparalleled experience of reading truly great literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 puppitypup | 9/21/2011

    " It takes a while to get started, but the story and the characters are unforgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernardo Sulzbach | 9/1/2011

    " Full review on my blog. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Taylor | 8/4/2011

    " I know it's a classic. I was trying to listen to it while I worked and I couldn't follow it at all. Two hours in and I couldn't tell you what is was about so I gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merrilee | 6/30/2011

    " My all time favorite book!!! Ingenious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lillie | 6/28/2011

    " I read through DailyLit emails, a great way to read or re-read the classics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brenda | 6/26/2011

    " I hate Dickens, and have always had a serious dislike for this book. Wrote a paper on it even. Boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shams | 6/25/2011

    " What a book! What an ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dyah | 6/22/2011

    " need a lot of vocab skill to understand this book.. for me of course. but after all, it's gorgeous! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 6/22/2011

    " One of my faves, read many many times. "

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