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After 18 years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the aging Dr. Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.
(P)2003 Penguin Books Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By VR on 09-22-05

tremendous narration-- dickens words come alive

i've read almost every dickens novel and enjoyed them all. dickens, like no other author i've read, breathes life into his characters.

the one problem i've had is that i read his stories with my american paradigm. i am incapable of experiencing his stories through dickens' own context.

with the narration done on this audiobook, i feel i've been able to hear the proper characterization of his characters and have felt more in tune with the story. the narrator skillfully articulates the voices of the french and english characters, women and men, in a way that absolutely makes them come alive.

i've listed to this audiobook about five times in its entirety over the past year, and love it each time.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ian C Robertson on 12-03-11

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This book needs no review, but I simply could not resist the oportunity to lavish praise upon it and Sir Ian Richardson's narration. The story is superlative. The characters are so memorable. The characterization by Sir Ian is so entirely consistent with each of them. And the moral is so enduring. This Dickensian masterpiece for all ages boasts one of the best first paragraphs in literary history and one of the best last paragraphs, too. It is the best of books and the best of performances I have been privileged to listen too. I could listen to it again, now.

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