A Tale of Two Cities

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Charles Dickens

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: December 2010

Duration: 14 hours 17 minutes

Summary:

Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens’s most popular and dramatic stories.

It begins on a muddy English road in an atmosphere charged with mystery and it ends in the Paris of the Revolution with one of the most famous acts of self-sacrifice in literature. In between lies one of Dickens’s most exciting books—a historical novel that, generation after generation, has given readers access to the profound human dramas that lie behind cataclysmic social and political events. Famous for its vivid characters, including the courageous French nobleman Charles Darnay, the vengeful revolutionary Madame Defarge, and cynical Englishman Sydney Carton, who redeems his ill-spent life in a climactic moment at the guillotine (“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done”), the novel is also a powerful study of crowd psychology and the dark emotions aroused by the Revolution, illuminated by Dickens’s lively comedy.

With an Introduction by Simon Schama


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • Phil Grey

    Just when you think the 'masses' can take over and make it all better! Maybe not. This story has so many applications to our present day, although hopefully not as bloody. John Lee makes listening to this classic a delight. Right to the end. In fact, I had to listen to the last few minutes more than once. It was that good. Highly recommended.

Tale of Two Cities

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