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A Tale of Two Cities (Qualitas Classics) (Qualitas Classics. Fireside) Paperback – January 1, 2016
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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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“[A Tale of Two Cities] has the best of Dickens and the worst of Dickens: a dark, driven opening, and a celestial but melodramatic ending; a terrifyingly demonic villainess and (even by Dickens’ standards) an impossibly angelic heroine. Though its version of the French Revolution is brutally simplified, its engagement with the immense moral themes of rebirth and terror, justice, and sacrifice gets right to the heart of the matter . . . For every reader in the past hundred and forty years and for hundreds to come, it is an unforgettable ride.”–from the Introduction by Simon Schama --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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The horrific portrayal of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution gives this otherwise light-hearted book plenty of gravity. Dickens' characterizations of mad revolutionaries like "The Vengeance" and out-of-control mobs eager for violence present an ugly picture of humanity at its worst. Within this terrible setting the characters from A TALE OF TWO CITIES face real danger in the second half of the book, where one is identified as a member of the previous aristocracy and is targeted for a date with La Guillotine. The emotional roller-coaster that follows his family trying to secure his release provides the only real drama of the story. All in all, this is a book worth reading, but not Dickens' best. For that, I would suggest Oliver Twist.
This Kindle version that I read was exellent. No typos or other problems, and the illustrations were small but visible.
The book is about comparisons of life in London and in Paris during the latter quarter of the eighteenth century. Paris is very visibly corrupt and economically and socially exploitative. London is noticeably better. Whatever the meaning of the comparisons and any intended implications, I did not get any of them.
If you like novels, I have two published on Amazon/Kindle; they are "On Clouds Of Glory" and "It Was All For . . .?" These have story lines, themes, implications, and written in the rising action - climax - falling action format of a novel. I am sure the implications, morals, and so forth will all be much easier to decipher than "A Tale Of Two Cities" was for me.