A Tale of Two Cities

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Andrew Sachs
  • 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done...."
With these words and a superb act of bravery and sacrifice, one of the most badly behaved heroes of all time ends Charles Dickens' great tale of the French Revolution.
This is a firework display of a book, a crackling picture of the ravages and excesses of starving, furious men and the astonishing acts of heroism that usually accompany them.


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I have read Tale of Two Cities as well as listened to audio versions of the book. My favorite telling was done by Frank Muller. I found this version quite by accident, just scrolling and "window shopping" if you will. I was drawn to the telłing immediately. Andrew Sachs reading is low key and relaxed. It is if he is inviting the narrator to join him in witnessing what he is reading. I strongly urge any who love reading Dickens to listen to Andrew Sachs reading of this great work. It is a good match.m
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- Scott F Feighner

Listen to this recording to appreciate Dickens

Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

Yes. This is the best narration of the ten books on Audible I have listened to. Andrew Sachs is SPECTACULAR at bringing the characters to life (even better than George Guildall). You feel like you are in a London street listening to the conversations of real-life people. Since one of Dickens's great qualities is his ear for language, a narrator like Sachs is essential to making the book enjoyable, or even easier to understand.

What did you like best about this story?

I've read this book several times and taught it regularly over the years. I think what I appreciated this time through were the pacing and the balance, which make this big novel go by surprisingly quickly. Dickens devotes just the right amount of time to each stage of the narration; the story never becomes tedious. All the narrative elements are wrapped up elegantly at the end. The characters are also great. I particularly enjoyed the vengeful revolutionaries.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm so sorry to hear Sachs has passed away. I would have loved to hear him narrate every other major Dickens novel.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- NC38

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2015
  • Publisher: silksoundbooks Limited