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A Tale of Two Cities

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Charles Dickens

Narrated By: Paul Adams

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: December 2010

Duration: 15 hours 32 minutes

Summary:

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, it is among the most famous works of fiction.

The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several protagonists through these events. The most notable are Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. Darnay is a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Carton is a dissipated British barrister who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of his unrequited love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.

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  • Russ Metge

    Hard to follow because it's overly written. Tried to read this several times in college and couldn't get through the first chapter. Pushed through with the audio version and found it interesting, but never did finish it.