- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reissue edition (May 27, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141439602
- ISBN-13: 978-0141439600
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5,781 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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I hope Amazon will publish the rest of Dickens' works as serials. They really are better this way.
"After musing for some minutes the old man walked, with the same meditative face, into a back anteroom opening from the yard; and there, retiring to a corner, called up before his mind's eye a vast amphitheatre of faces over which a dusky curtain had hung for many years."
"He wandered over them again. He had called them into view, and it was not easy to replace the shroud that had so long concealed them. There were faces of friends, and foes, and of many that had been almost strangers peering intrusively from the crowd; there were faces of young and blooming girls that were now old women; there were faces that the grave had changed and closed upon, but which the mind, superior to its power, still dressed in thier old freshness and beauty, calling back the lustre of the eyes, the brightness of the smile, the beaming of the soul through its mask of clay, and whispering of beauty beyond the tomb, changed but to be heightened, and taken from earth only to be set up as a light, to shed a soft and gentle glow upon the path to Heaven."
Reunited in the Communion of Saints.
Thank goodness for Sydney Carton, the hero of the story. His opportunity to find God and redeem what had been a wasted life, to sacrifice himself for his good friend and for the one he clearly was in love with, and then to help a fellow innocent prisoner meet her fate with peace and faith (and who gave him, in his last moments, what his good friend Charles had with Lucy) is what made the book one the best I've ever read.
I highly recommend this book, but encourage you to be patient. It takes awhile to get rolling.