A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 18 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.


Audible Editor Reviews

Charles Dickens's classic of the French Revolution is expertly dramatized by Simon Vance. It's also a grand romance. Charles Darnay, the French émigré who relinquishes his title in disgust at the poverty wrought upon the peasants by the titled class, and Sydney Carton, the world-weary drunken London barrister, both love Lucie, the daughter of the unjustly imprisoned Dr. Alexandre Manette. Vance will have listeners weeping as Carton greets Madame Guillotine with some of the most famous lines in literature. Carton's depression and ultimate redemption are crystal clear; Madame Defarge, with her clicking knitting needles, takes on appropriate menace; and Jarvis Lorry, the reliable "man of business," loves Lucie as if she were his daughter.


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Customer Reviews

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Disappointed with this dickens novel

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I read as it's a classic on the 1001 books to read before you die lists.

After great expectations, I simply didn't enjoy as much. It's a love story of sorts and it simply wasn't for me. I was expecting a grittier French Revolution story.

Has A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] put you off other books in this genre?

Absolutely not. But nobody can enjoy all of the classics.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Good performance

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- janien


What can Say It's great performance.Nice and clear voice.I like it very much.Thanks for everything.
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- Tekin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio