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Brought to you by Penguin.   

This Penguin Classic is performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt, star of Green Wing, also known for his roles in The Madness of King George, and Tomb Raider. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Richard Maxwell.   

After 18 years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the aging Dr Manette, is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • Anonymous
  • 18-06-20

nice intro, but unnecessary addition to audible

the performance was top quality. the introduction to the text makes this the best version of "a tale of two cities" on audible.

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we did not need another "a tale of two cities" on audible. it's not even one of the five best Dickens novels and there are so many versions of this novel, and Dickens in general, on Audible already.

OF ALL THE GREAT WORK PENGUIN CLASSICS has copyright access to, especially their excellent quality translations of works that are either not on Audible or only available as weak public domain translations, it is surprising that this is where they are investing their audiobook classics resources.

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  • CRAIG M.
  • 29-03-21

Great book, great performance.

An engaging story that deserves its reputation. The performance is very entertaining and admirable. .

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  • Dylan Becker
  • 05-01-21

Meh

As a classic it's worth a read. That said, I was not very drawn in. and the narrator made some characters painful to listen to.

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  • Chrissie
  • 10-11-19

Beautifully read classic Dickens.

Loved it as a child, cried at the film version as a young woman, marvelled at the complexity of the writing in middle age, and now a septuagenarian, love it again! So vivid, so raw, what brutality, compassion, degradation and love, it’s marvellous, but then Dickens is and remains powerfully extraordinary.

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  • Jenny Taylor
  • 07-04-21

Fantastic reading

Julian Rhind-Tutt is a five star reader. So many voices available but this version was a good choice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-20

One excellent act and two superfluous ones

An excellent final act tacked onto a long drawn out book that spends more time setting up the characters than having them do anything interesting.

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  • andrew cuthbert
  • 25-03-20

Beautifully read

Perfect. A very movingly read book. C Dickens would be proud of you.

Thank you. A.C.