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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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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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A TALE OF TWO CITIES

A STORY OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

By Charles Dickens

CONTENTS

Book the First Recalled to Life

Chapter I The Period Chapter II The Mail Chapter III The Night Shadows Chapter IV The Preparation Chapter V The Wine shop Chapter VI The Shoemaker

Book the Second the Golden Thread

Chapter I Five Years Later Chapter II A Sight Chapter III A Disappointment Chapter IV Congratulatory Chapter V The Jackal Chapter VI Hundreds of People Chapter VII Monseigneur in Town Chapter VIII Monseigneur in the Country Chapter IX The Gorgon's Head Chapter X Two Promises Chapter XI A Companion Picture Chapter XII The Fellow of Delicacy Chapter XIII The Fellow of no Delicacy Chapter XIV The Honest Tradesman Chapter XV Knitting Chapter XVI Still Knitting Chapter XVII One Night Chapter XVIII Nine Days ... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 9, 2014
Subject: Amazing voice
The way he puts more emotion into the reading makes me feel excited and suspicious. Amazing!
Reviewer: - November 7, 2013
I'm quickly becoming a Charles Dickens fan. This book is no exception although it took a while to get into it and like most Dickens books, there is such an array of characters that are introduced, I found myself Googling the character list to figure out who was who. I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the fact that it took me half the book before I "really" started enjoying it. If I divided the book in two, the first half would be 4 stars and the second half would be 5.
Reviewer: - October 28, 2013
Subject: A Tale of Two Cities.
Loved Paul Adam's narration, no yawning going on here! Thank you.
Reviewer: - September 11, 2013
Subject: A tale of two cities
This was my first audio book. The combination of the writing (it made me laugh out loud and almost brought me to tears) plus Paul Adams' reading made it a fabulous experience. Thoroughly recommended.
August 11, 2013
I had to stop listening about 1/4 through this book - I just couldn't listen to the reader any longer. Every word spoken is sooo dramatic - way too dramatic...
Reviewer: - March 5, 2013
Great book. The book has a great plot.
February 15, 2013
Very good.
Reviewer: - January 6, 2013
Subject: Very well done
I've listened to this book over and over again. It is of course a great story. I listen so many times primarily because Paul Adams does the best reading of a book that I have ever heard. He is able to create a one man verbal dramatic performance. He injects nuance into every word and intention into every sentence. Not one stumble, hesitation or mispronunciation. I can only hope Paul Adams lends his talents to a new classic book project very soon. I would gladly listen as he reads the phone book.
Reviewer: - December 23, 2012
Subject: Paul Adams as reader
This was our first audiobook download and what a treat! Paul Adams made the book come alive. Thank you Yawn Guy!
Reviewer: - December 11, 2012
Great book so far

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