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A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 0 (400,573 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Jon Smith Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

In this staple of classic literature, Charles Dickens tells the tale of fueding classes set at the inception and escalation of the French Revolution. Amidst the upheaval, righteous former aristocrat Charles Darnay becomes wrongly tangled in unfortunate events, endangering his freedom and family. Sidney Carton, a cynical lawyer who squandered his life away, seeks to redress his unhappiness through Darnay's beautiful wife, Lucie. This seminal story of love, chaos, and redemption is expertly read by Jon Smith, who infuses excitement using a variety of voices. Revisit a favorite or fill in a literary gap with the timeless A Tale of Two Cities.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Mark Payne | 2/16/2014

    " Found it quite gripping actually. Not read much Dickens, but he grabbed me with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Maryann Diedwardo | 2/14/2014

    " My list of favorites includes this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Lauren Beck | 2/13/2014

    " It was the best of books, it was the worst of books, it was a book some loved, it was a book others abhored, it was filled with sentences of eloquence, it was filled with sentences of tediousness, its chapters brought pure clarity, its chapters brought pure confusion, reading it was painless, reading it was agony, we had an entire novel before us, we had nothing before us, English teachers were going direct to paradaise, some students were going direct the other way -- in short, the book was so far unlike the present books, that some of the noisiest authorities insisted on it being read, for enjoyment or for suffering, in the superlative degree of education only. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Raquel | 2/8/2014

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

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About the Author
Author Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.