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

  • by David Timson
  • Narrated by uncredited
  • 0 hrs and 25 mins
  • Speech

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.


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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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- Slim

No point to this -- don't get it.

This "introduction" tells one very brief story about Dickens --- that in middle age he abandoned his wife and six children for an 18-year-old actress -- and then goes directly into two short passages from Tale of Two Cities, the beginning part and one much further along. These are well read, though confusing since there is nothing to identify them, but they are not read by David Timson but by Anton Lesser, who is not credited. Anton Lesser is a wonderful reader, of course, but this excerpting seems plagaristic. I suspect the whole thing is some sort of a mistake.
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- Phebe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2012
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks