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A Tale of Two Cities [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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Book Description

Novel by Charles Dickens, published both serially and in book form in 1859. The story is set in the late 18th century against the background of the French Revolution. Although Dickens borrowed from Thomas Carlyle's history, The French Revolution, for his sprawling tale of London and revolutionary Paris, the novel offers more drama than accuracy. The scenes of large-scale mob violence are especially vivid, if superficial in historical understanding. The complex plot involves Sydney Carton's sacrifice of his own life on behalf of his friends Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess--the latter memorably caricatured in Madame Defarge, who knits beside the guillotine. The book is perhaps best known for its opening lines, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," and for Carton's last speech, in which he says of his replacing Darnay in a prison cell, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known." -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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Grade 9 Up—Charles Dickens's classic tale of one family's suffering during the French Revolution is brought to life in this audio adaptation. The voice of Audie Award-winning narrator Simon Vance sets the tone for the characters and creates the Dickensesqe mood of the times when the rich and the poor were far apart and no one was exempt from the ensuing wrath during the Revolution. Vance's stone varies from soothing to animated while creating different voices for the characters and using appropriate accents. A bonus feature on the last CD is an e-book in pdf format that can be printed or used as a read-along while listening to the audio. This easily navigated feature would be particularly helpful for struggling readers.—Jeana Actkinson, Bridgeport High School, TX
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'I shall treasure the richly detailed explanatory notes. It's an edition which will surely sell to the general reader; yet many truer Dickens specialists than I will be excited by the scope and subtlety of the introduction.' Dr P. Merchant, Christ Church College, Canterbury

'The large clear print, very full notes, and inclusion of Dickens's number plans make it the best paperback available for student use.' Professor Norman Page, University of Nottingham

`I read it every other year. It is the best story of the best hero. It does not pale.' You (Mail on Sunday Magazine)

Product Details

  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448625025
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (December 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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i would NOT recommend this product because it is abridged and doesn't say so on the cover. It was a big disappointment!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Cities September 29, 2012
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This version was no better than the previous word to text system on the kindle. Disappointing to say the least.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! September 24, 2000
I had a bad experience with Dickens. 2 years ago I tried reading Oliver Twist, after seeing the Disney movie, but after going through 3 chapters that took up 40 pages each - but consisted of only 2 paragraphs each, just for Oliver to be born and named, I gave up. Now I'm in 8th grade and as a language arts assignment, we were to read a Dickens novel. It was either A Tale of Two Cities or Great Expectations. I saw the Wishbone summary of A Tale of Two Cities and thought it had a nice plot but was dreading going through Dickens's lllooooonnnggg drones.
This time however, Dickens secured my interest with the ideal beginning of "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . ." I was immediately drawn into the story of mystery and splendor. The characters didn't suddenly multiply like they did before and I got to understand each and every one - from pretty Lucie Manette to the harsh Monseigneur the Marquis.
Dickens's drifting speeches improved as well: turning out to be quite dramatic and interesting. Maybe the book could have been a lot shorter - but it gives you something to think on. And it's definitely better than just having an author say, "okay, this is the story and that's the end." Instead, he gives you a suspensful novel that you are never bored with. You have to carefully follow the story and see how the threads tie together in the end.
. . . Prepare to be amazed!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ABRIDGED Alert!! December 17, 2013
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How can one of the greatest novels ever written be 236 pages long? It is shameful not to announce this on the cover & in the description. Amazon offers many other full version choices.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different story about a different time August 8, 2012
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I had to read this in HS, I read only first chapter, "recall to life" great recreational read about a terrible period of time. I read the whole thing this time, good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got free from Amazon Books (Kindle) December 8, 2012
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Got free from Amazon Books (Kindle).

Good book, it IS a classic for a reason. Highly recommended reading material for anyone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dickens is great August 7, 2012
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The work is well written, clever and knowing. I read it in 7th grade and did not appreciate much of the humor, insight and lovely use of language. Read it again or read it for the first time. So many of Dickens' insights could apply to the current age and that is what makes it a classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re read of A tale of Two cities June 28, 2012
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I studied this book in great detail while preparing for my GCE exams many years ago. However, re-reading it was quite a different experience, an eye opener for the mature reader. Now I am able to appreciate Dickens' writing far more and I shall certainly re-read more of his books. The details of the French Revolution were very educational and scarey in the sense that the atmosphere of fear and suspicion in France at the time of the Revolution still exist in many parts of the world today. It is a story of courage in the midst of chaos and distrust. It is also interwoven with love between father and daughter, husband and wife and, unforgettably, Sidney Carton's for the heroine.

A Tale of Two Cities is a book than can be read several times and still give renewed pleasure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for a Reason
Since the age of 14, this was my favorite Dickens novel. Having just reread it for the first time in probably 20 years, I recognize the overt theatricality and floridness of the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
This is a classic story of the eternal struggle between good and evil among humans. Excellent writing, the character development is flawless, the period details outstanding. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Linda Hahn Gutierrez
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Cities
As usual for Dickens, a beautifully written novel reflecting the times. Life was complex and navigating the two worlds required courage and strength.
Published 2 days ago by Ninjawriter
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as I remembered
I read this book as a high school freshman 50 years ago. After reading it again, I found it too drawn out. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ted Hessler
5.0 out of 5 stars Events in history repeats.
Reading this reminds me of problems happening today. One of Dickens best books, but I didn't think that when I was younger.
Published 3 days ago by Janet M. Junge
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Classic
This is a Classic, what more can I say. I read it in high school about 60 yrs ago. I have seen the movie a couple of times. I do not remember ordering this book from Amazon.
Published 3 days ago by slowpoke
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book!
This is a very good book. It is a good read. I highly recommend it to others to read too!
Published 5 days ago by Julie Ruth
4.0 out of 5 stars Innocent People Caught Up in the French Revolution
Dickens is always difficult to read but well worth it if for no other reason than the understanding of the time it gives you.
Published 5 days ago by Jeanne Blumhagen
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Cities
Well written and left me in suspense almost until the end of the novel. However,
the writer digressed to often on opinions of his characters.
Published 6 days ago by ssyc
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dickens
I read this some time during High School in my English Class (probably Freshman) and saw the old cheese movies made for schools, like the Hamlet, Odysseus and other films. Read more
Published 7 days ago by FormerMPSGT
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