A Tale of Two Cities

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Jim Donaldson
  • 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. It 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.

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Audio Chapters 41 and 42

Would you try another book from Charles Dickens and/or Jim Donaldson?

I would probably read Charles Dickens again as he is a good author, however Jim Donaldson probably not.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would make the first book in the novel (there are 3 books in "A Tale of Two Cities") a bit more exciting to the reader as to capture their interest sooner.


What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Donaldson tries to change his voice for every character but you can't do it all I am sorry to say and it did nothing to help with the mania of words. Also the paraphrasing, rewording, and changing the structure of sentences in paragraphs made it hard to follow in the actual book. I could even go as far as to say butchering Dickens work a bit in my opinion.


Was A Tale of Two Cities worth the listening time?

Not exactly but I had to read it for a class, and it is only worth listening and reading if you make it to the end... that's when things get really exciting!


Any additional comments?

Your audio chapter 41 and 42 were both Book 3, Chapter 12. I was highly displeased with this and had to obtain a book for a time in order to read chapter 11.

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- Sab-E

Don't download this version!!

The narration was over the top. I like Mr. Donaldson's voice a lot of the time but I don't like the voices he used for the female characters.

Also, the audio flips out in Book 3, Chapter 42. You can hear the narrator doing what seems like warm ups or practice exercises. Very weird.
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- Karren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-17-2015
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media