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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness."
The most famous and possibly the most popular of Dickens's novels, A Tale of Two Cities shows a master of dramatic narrative extracting gold from the ore of history. If the bloody tableau of the French Revolution were not in itself sufficient for a dozen novels, Dickens added to it a professional resurrectionist, an authentic ogress, and an antihero as convincingly flawed as any in modern literature. Here, too, are all of Dickens's recurring themes: imprisonment, injustice, and cataclysmic violence; resurrection and the renunciation that makes renewal possible.
Public Domain (P)2011 Listening Library
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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 04-29-11

A tale of two cities

John Lee is a masterful narrator whose rich British voice is perfect to bring this classic novel to life. It would have been fabulous to have this technology available during my misspent youth. It would have offered a much deeper appreciation for the story and the language . I'm putting many books read by John Lee on my wish list now!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Don Abrán on 05-01-14

John Lee Tells A Tale Most Wonderfully Told

Few could be the comparisons of a more remarkable tale - and fewer still the comparisons of those able to tell it...

Of course, the story itself needs no defense - the genius of the author will forever stand upon its own merit. But, for those of the persuasion that this wonderful classic deserves the best of narrators, I must declare that I am of the unshakable opinion that John Lee is just the man. His performance is truly exhilarating - even addictive. The ease with which he flows through the French pronunciations, the many colorful individuals he personalizes and brings to life, his ability to freely switch between characters (not to mention his precision and accuracy of "staying true" to the dialect he invents for each of them!), as well as the intrinsic quality of his deep, strong voice, all barely begin to give a glimpse of the incredible talent of this narrator. To listen to this man tell this tale is to enjoy with the greatest of pleasure...

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mr H. on 06-06-15

Educational Story

I've read other dickens novels. I knew nothing about this one in advance.

I learnt a great deal about the French Revolution. Wiki'd certain items to help me follow the story.

Very enjoyable, but sad story. So alien to the times we know now. A warning too, for how cruel revolutions are.

I wasn't keen on the narrator to start with, but I got used to him.

Overall, good.


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