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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.

Public Domain (P)2007 Silksoundbooks Limited

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One of the best

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's reading is low key and relaxed. It is if he is inviting the listener to join him in witnessing what he is reading. I strongly urge any who loves reading Dickens to listen to Andrew Sachs's reading of this great work. It is a good match.

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Fantastic Reader!

I only wish I could have all of Dickens' books read by Andrew Sachs! He expertly transmitted the warmth, gravity, humor, delicacy, chilling evil, affection, horror, grace, subtlety, cleverness, and love that imbues A Tale of Two Cities. Never overdone, pitch perfect!

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This is the best reader of A Tale of Two Cities

I tried twice to read this wonderful book via the narration of Simon Vance. Alas, his rendition was as dry as toast and I could extract no humanity out of this most humane of stories. I gulped at buying a second version but did so in hopes that I could discover the full glory of Dickens' romantic account of the French Revolution. I am glad to report that it was worth the expenditure. Andrew Sachs more than satisfied. Excellent job!



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Now I understand why this is a classic!

What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities?

The riveting story, & how much I learned about the French Revolution. I never thought I'd enjoy this because I've found Dickens so wordy, but once my ear became attuned to the cadence, I found it easy to listen to & couldn't wait to get back to the story to find out what happened to everyone.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities?

The realization of how horribly violent the uprising was against the nobility in France. I've always liked history & was a French major, so you'd think I would have "gotten" this concept years ago. This book changed how I understand the French Revolution, why the have-nots were so angry.

What does Andrew Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His narration is perfect. Good voice characterizations, inflections, & tone.

Any additional comments?

Thank you, Audible! I doubt I would ever have read this book, but I loved listening & have since recommended it to others.

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Stunning performance of a brilliantly written book

I listened to this performance so I could stay current with my son's reading for his sophomore year BritLit/Exposition class. I am stunned by the beauty of the writing, the story, and the performance. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to have experienced this work by Charles Dickens when I otherwise would have probably never read or listened to it. I am a huge reader also but never had need or was aware of this work of literature before. Everyone should read or listen to it. This audible performance was phenomenal and so engaging...I couldn't wait to clean again so I could turn it back on and hear more. Thank you!

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My all-time favorite

Narrator ,as always, was outstanding. I listen to this timeless tale once every summer. What greatness!!

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fantastic reader, great version of this classic

I have not read the book before. But I carefully selected the audiobook version I chose and I am very happy with Andrew Sachs performance. It was elegant and heartfelt and he performs every character distinctly. Dickens style is often of course a bit overly sentimental for modern tastes-- but in his more descriptive and insightful passages on the human condition, the quality of his prose is truly astonishing. And good writing will never go out of style, at least I hope not. Equally true of the timeless themes in this book. And Dickens is the master of deftly drawn, and often charmingly humorous, characters.

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I'm so glad I finally have listened to this classic. This reader was perfect! I loved hearing him speak about Dickens at the end, after he finished reading the story, it was very delightful :)

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Wonderful Narration and Storytelling

The narration was excellent, and the story, compelling. The themes of the story are timeless, despite being set in particulary bloody time in French history, or maybe because of it. Either way, it is an amazing story and the performance is top-notch. Highly recommended.

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WOW Andrew Sachs Narrator!

The narrator brings so much color to this masterpiece that each individual scene becomes a vessel for transport to misery, love, and hope within the French Revolution, back when times were really tough. Even the horses in the fog with their nostrils exhaling more fog amongst the hopelessness of the humans comprising one of the very first scenes, becomes truly miserable...from the comfort of one's audible medium of course, like a true aristocrat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-17

Loved it

Book was great and so moving at the end. Sachs was simply brilliant in his narration.

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  • S. Tyrrel
  • 11-23-17

A superb reading of a classic story

Beautifully read with clever interpretation that brings the characters to life. Perfectly paced and intoned. I will look for more audiobooks read by Andew Sachs.

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  • Frederik Jacobus Jansen van Rensburg
  • 09-09-18

Simply exceptional

The voice performance takes a timeless classic, and brings it to life brilliantly. I wasn't a fan of Dickens before this, but I fear I have been throughly and irrevocably converted.

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  • Marbo
  • 09-28-20

Don’t judge a book by its cover

The dull cover illustration suggests a third rate reader, but Andrew Sachs is truly magnificent. Powerful story, great characters and moments of Dickensian humour well executed by Sachs.

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  • debbie williams
  • 06-03-20

tale of two Cities

I am listening to some classic books as I struggle to read them as I lose interest in them or find the language hard to follow. with this one it was read well other than I did not like the voice for the main female character, may be a personal choice and it did not detract from the story. the story was based over a number of years in france and England and covered the French revolution and the impact on individual lives. the flow of the narration was good, and it was well spoken with good tone and emotion. there is a bit at the end of the book which is also interesting. the classics are not my favourite however I feel this was well written with a good level of character building and descriptive language that paints a picture. the story does slowly build which is often why I prefer to listen to the classics rather than read them. glad I listened to it so I can stick off list but would not listen or read again.

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  • carolannh11
  • 02-22-19

Just brilliant

Can't believe I've waited 63 years to read this book. A gripping story excellently narrated

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  • Jude, Brickhill.
  • 10-13-21

What a saga!

It has taken me fifty years to get round to this book! I started to read it in my twenties, but it defeated me! I love Dickens, but this book was too full of unnecessary sentimental detail, and was very hard to read.
Best character? Undoubtedly mme Defarge, who came to a well deserved end.
Narration was very good, with just the right amount of expression and characterisation...a difficult job!
Oh well, I set out to hear it all, and now I have.....!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-19

Incredible!!!

Apowerful and gripping story written in beautiful language that is evocative and very visual without being pedantic or difficult to understand. Some very thought provoking historical elements and comments on human nature by Dickens. Andrew Sachs performs it perfectly, giving the story and characters life. Best read I've had in a long time!

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  • Inge Dowden
  • 03-12-19

Utterly beautiful and compelling

One of my favourite books, beautifully narrated by the great Andrew Sachs. A must listen for everyone.

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  • Caroline Brian
  • 03-31-22

Exceptional

Absolutely bloody brilliantly, listened on Audible Andrew Sachs did every word justice!!
Highly recommend it will not disappoint!