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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (400,237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. . . we were all going to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period. . . "

So begins one of the best loved novels by one of the most beloved writers of all time. This audiobook, "A Tale of Two Cities," by British author Charles Dickens, begins on a cold, dark evening in 1775. Mr. Jarvis Lorry, a prominent London banker, finds himself with a mission. He must inform the lovely, young Lucie Manette, who is also his ward, that her father, whom she thought long dead, had been found. The next step is to enter politically-torn pre-Revolutionary Paris and bring him home.

Thus is set in motion a story of intrigue, unfaltering devotion to family and a love story that pits two men vying for the hand of one woman, two men so destined by the hands of Fate that t heir lives will be irretrievably changed because of their love for Miss Lucie Manette.

This audiobook is much more than a love story. Set in Paris and London in the years leading up to the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the narrator takes the listener through a series of events leading up to the French Revolution. The excesses of the French aristocracy, the growing discontent of the commoners, the revolutionary spirit of much oppressed people and the horrors of La Guillotine – all are presented in rich detail. The story continues long after the rebellion and the New Republic has taken charge of the government. The Manettes and their loved ones are caught up in the heat of political change, their lives hanging in the balance.

Charles Dickens was a British novelist who lived in Victorian England from 1812 -1870. His writings included over 30 titles, with over 20 being novels. His works were first published in serial form with each installment being highly anticipated by audiences both in England and across the ocean in America.

His works called attention to social issues during the Industrial Revolution, including the harsh lives of impoverished children of his time, often forced to work in appalling conditions. His books helped bring about much-needed child labor laws and social change. He was a master storyteller. His vivid imagination introduced the world to characters ever since known by their names: Ebenezer Scrooge, Oliver Twist, Tiny Tim and dozens of others.

Whether you are revisiting books you regard as old friends that you first met in high school, or are reading "A Tale of Two Cities" for a college course, you’ll appreciate the convenience of its being available for easy downloading in audiobook format. Not only can you review the story and its events while commuting, you can listen to it while on your daily walk, while exercising at the gym or as you prepare your evening meal. Classic novels became classics because they have added inestimable value to people’s lives and continue to be assigned by teachers, professors and parents who want to pass down certain values to their own children. These are timeless books that remain in high demand.

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 eighteen 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gerry | 2/20/2014

    " One of the best books ever written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie Klingensmith | 2/19/2014

    " This is a wonderful, thought provoking book. It takes quite a bit of effort, as the style of English is unfamiliar and lots of seemingly unimportant details turn out to be significant later. But it is a great story, with all kinds of theological themes woven in. This story will stay with me for a long time, especially Sydney Carton and his unrequited yet redemptive love for Lucie Manette. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert | 2/19/2014

    " I finally came around to reading this book and really enjoyed it. I had no idea what it was about. Yes, I supposedly studied it in school, but the Clif's Notes did not give me the same feeling as the real text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sɑɳɗrɑ☼ | 2/19/2014

    " I loved this book but I felt like I would have loved it more if I hadn't had to read it for class. Still a great book "

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