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Extended Audio Sample A Tale of Two Cities (Dramatised) (Unabridged), by Charles Dickens
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (400,573 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Robert Lindsay, Alison Steadman, Jonathan Coy, Andrew Scott, Paul Ready, Karl Johnson Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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From the echo of the first line 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times' to the final 'It is a far far better thing that I do than I have ever done', Dickens' classic novel of the French revolution tells a story of the redemptive powers of love in the face of cruelty, violence and neglect.

Set in London and Paris, it shows the plight of the French people under the brutal oppression of the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, and the corresponding savage brutality of the revolutionaries towards the former aristocrats in the years immediately following. Among the memorable characters are Charles Darnay, a French former aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister who tries to redeem his ill-spent life out of love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette. In this moving, intricate tale spanning eight tumultuous years, Dickens orchestrates the wider political picture behind the story of Lucie, Darnay and Carton with his customary brilliance.

This epic production, dramatised by Mike Walker, stars Robert Lindsay as Dickens, with Alison Steadman, Jonathan Coy, Andrew Scott, Paul Ready, and Karl Johnson.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 2/20/2014

    " This book is a great book to start your dickens journey as its not very long but totally gripping from start to finish. If you don't think you 'do' dickens then try this . A love story but not of the usual kind but the love between a father and daughter and friend with friend . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin (AJ) Webster | 2/17/2014

    " I thought that this was one of Dickens' least impenetrable works. Engrossing, exciting, and compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 2/5/2014

    " First read this in high school and had a rough time with it, though I remember gaining a little bit from my teacher's discussions. What I wouldn't give to go back and listen (and read) well. Re-read in 2011, I think, and was completely engrossed. If it was tough work a couple times, it was MORE than worth it to finish this book and soak in the rich plot and outcome of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 c a t h e y | 1/29/2014

    " Rather slow in places, but it all ties up beautifully towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Artemis | 1/28/2014

    " I'm in love and always will be in love with Sydney Carton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/25/2014

    " A book that improves infinitely upon rereading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Woods | 1/20/2014

    " As far as I'm concerned, this book has everything one could potentially want in a novel, it has romance, revenge, redemption, revolt, and revolution. It doesn't get any better than that! Oftentimes novels that are about or take place during big historical events can get caught up in the scope and scale of the time and neglect the character element. This is not so in A Tale of Two Cities. In fact the time period itself becomes a character in the story. Dickens does an amazing job of making all the characters seem "real" even though some are exaggerated versions of real people. He also has an uncanny ability to make you understand the characters psychological states and the way of thinking that lead to the brutal and bloody revolution in the first place. If nothing else by reading this book you will learn a thing or two about the French Revolution, I certainly did. (Read in summer of 2011). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sidra | 1/16/2014

    " I remember reading this book back in 2002, have to reread and see if it will awe me again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia Abbott | 1/11/2014

    " I had to read this book for a class, so that took out some of what could have been enjoyable. But by the end I loved it a lot! At first it can be dull and slow moving, but if you carry on and force yourself to keep reading it will be well worth it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rydra | 1/11/2014

    " it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marwan Alabassiry | 1/7/2014

    " I've read that book four years ago ... And I think that I must read it again . Tremendous story and great characters , Inquisitive non-like experience . In short ; Best of Dickens' novels ever . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Brunner | 1/1/2014

    " Seriously, is there a more famous combination of opening and closing lines in literature? What a wonderful read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellydarryl | 12/30/2013

    " WOW is all I have to say! I was forced to read this story in high school, thought I would hate it but I really did enjoy it! I still own the book and I read it a 2nd and 3rd time since! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Jarvis | 11/7/2013

    " Grade 11 english. It was my first experience of the movie being so disappointing after reading the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darla Stumpp | 11/5/2013

    " Thank goodness for Spark notes - Enjoyed the experience of this epic novel but would not have had the pleasure without the support of background. Will tackle "Great Expectations" next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 11/2/2013

    " Absolutely excellent. Not much else to say about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom | 4/4/2013

    " I've tried to read this book 4 times and have never made it past half way. I even tried reading it on audio. This is one classic that in not for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 3/25/2013

    " Each time I read it there is something new I notice, and then I realize there is even more to understand. It's quite deep. I'm not a history person but the writing style makes it feel as though you're living it - so its not even the past. Worth the read each time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Agena | 3/2/2013

    " A really great storyline. If only Dickens wrote the book in a way people could understand better... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/12/2012

    " Hard language, but an overall good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gemma | 12/4/2012

    " When I started this book, I thought that it was going to be tough going. I was so wrong. The story in this book just carries you through. I wish this book had been in my life before but now it is here, it's stuck. Wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marwa Ahmad | 6/29/2012

    " Such a miserable story about the French Revolution. The F.R was unfair. During this Revolution, many innocent people were killed just for being one of the aristocratic families! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Ann | 1/24/2012

    " A great book. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Leclaire | 1/12/2012

    " Quintessential novel ... shady characters, murder, true love, sacrifice, and a surprise ending. Biblical themes throughout. "

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