• The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to A Tale of Two Cities

  • By: David Timson
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Speech
  • Release date: 02-03-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.4 (144 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to A Tale of Two Cities narrated by Anton Lesser.
"It was the best of times and the worst of times." In one of the most famous openings of any novel, Dickens masterfully presents the turmoil of the French Revolution, which is the backdrop for a novel of love, patience, hope, and self-sacrifice. This version is read by Anton Lesser, whose award-winning Dickens recordings in their abridged form has now resulted in the opportunity to read the full unabridged text. His singular characterizations led to him being chosen by Peter Ackroyd to play Dickens himself in the major TV account of the writer.

Listen to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Slim on 04-26-16

OK book

I've either heard or read a book that'd similar to this book about tails of two cities cities I can't really remember. but this was an alright book to listen to

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2 out of 5 stars
By Karen B on 12-07-14

Disappointing

What disappointed you about The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to A Tale of Two Cities?

I guess I misread the description and to me, the introduction was a total waste of time. A Tale of Two Cities is a book I have read several times previously and I was hoping listening to this would bring it more alive to me. It seemed a very superficial introduction

Would you ever listen to anything by David Timson again?

I didn't have a problem with David Timson's narration; I just have to be more careful in reading the description before purchasing and Timson book.

How could the performance have been better?

It wasn't the performance that was a problem for me; it was the content. There were a few excerpts quoted and the characters just didn't seem real.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I had read a lot about Dickens previously and the introduction did add a little (a very little) to what I already know.

Any additional comments?

A waste of money. Get the complete version of this novel, not the introduction.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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