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A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

1. 01 - Bk1 Ch01 - The Period
2. 02 - Bk1 Ch02 - The Mail
3. 03 - Bk1 Ch03 - The Night Shadows
4. 04 - Bk1 Ch04 - The Preparation
5. 05 - Bk1 Ch05 - The Wine Shop
6. 06 - Bk1 Ch06 - The Shoemaker
7. 07 - Bk2 Ch01 - Five Years Later
8. 08 - Bk2 Ch02 - A Sight
9. 09 - Bk2 Ch03 - A Disappointment
10. 10 - Bk2 Ch04 - Congratulatory
11. 11 - Bk2 Ch05 - The Jackal
12. 12 - Bk2 Ch06 - Hundreds of People
13. 13 - Bk2 Ch07 - Monseigneur in Town
14. 14 - Bk2 Ch08 - Monseigneur in the Country
15. 15 - Bk2 Ch09 - The Gorgon's Head
16. 16 - Bk2 Ch10 - Two Promises
17. 17 - Bk2 Ch11 - A Companion Picture
18. 18 - Bk2 Ch12 - The Fellow of Delicacy
19. 19 - Bk2 Ch13 - The Fellow of no Delicacy
20. 20 - Bk2 Ch14 - The Honest Tradesman
21. 21 - Bk2 Ch15 - Knitting
22. 22 - Bk2 Ch16 - Still Knitting
23. 23 - Bk2 Ch17 - One Night
24. 24 - Bk2 Ch18 - Nine Days
25. 25 - Bk2 Ch19 - An Opinion
26. 26 - Bk2 Ch20 - A Plea
27. 27 - Bk2 Ch21 - Echoing Footsteps
28. 28 - Bk2 Ch22 - The Sea Still Rises
29. 29 - Bk2 Ch23 - Fire Rises
30. 30 - Bk2 Ch24 - Drawn to the Loadstone Rock
31. 31 - Bk3 Ch01 - In Secret
32. 32 - Bk3 Ch02 - The Grindstone
33. 33 - Bk3 Ch03 - The Shadow
34. 34 - Bk3 Ch04 - Calm in Storm
35. 35 - Bk3 Ch05 - The Wood Sawyer
36. 36 - Bk3 Ch06 - Triumph
37. 37 - Bk3 Ch07 - A Knock at the Door
38. 38 - Bk3 Ch08 - A Hand at Cards
39. 39 - Bk3 Ch09 - The Game Made
40. 40 - Bk3 Ch10 - The Substance of the Shadow
41. 41 - Bk3 Ch11 - Dusk
42. 42 - Bk3 Ch12 - Darkness
43. 43 - Bk3 Ch13 - Fifty-two
44. 44 - Bk3 Ch14 - The Knitting Done
45. 45 - Bk3 Ch15 - The Footsteps Die Out For Ever

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Its immortal opening lines, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." set the stage for a sweeping narrative that combines drama, glory, honor, history, romance, brutality, sacrifice and resurrection. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is one of the most widely read and famous works of historical fiction in the English language. Dickens had recently launched his magazine All the Year Round in 1859. In the same year, he began featuring A Tale of Two Cities in 31 weekly installments in his new magazine. The book was eventually combined into a single copy and split into three major sections as it is presented today. In this epic tale of love and tragedy set during the turbulent times of the French Revolution in 1789, the motif of two's appears constantly as opposing sides of the same coin. London and Paris are the two cities, Sidney Carton and Charles Darnay are the two heroes, Lucie Manette and Madame Defarge are the pure and evil women respectively, and these along with shadows and darkness, sacrifice and dishonor, brutality and spirituality form the recurring dual motifs in the novel. Sidney Carton, a young, debauched and dissolute English barrister defends a young French aristocrat Charles Darnay accused of treason in London. The two bear a striking resemblance to each other. Lucie Manette, a lovely young French girl and her father Dr. Manette, who had suffered under the atrocities of the nobility in France, now live a quiet life in London. Charles and Lucie are in love, but Sidney Carton also falls in love with her. Meanwhile in France, the storm of revolution is about to break. A wine store owner and Dr. Manette's former servant, Monsieur Defarge, leads the revolutionaries. His wife, Madame Defarge is a vicious woman who revels in cruelty. She too has suffered under the aristocratic regime and now seeks to destroy all those who persecuted her. Charles Darnay returns to Paris to rescue an old servant of his who has been captured by the revolutionaries. He is captured by the rebels and condemned to be executed by guillotine. The story then takes several dramatic twists and turns before reaching its final and most unexpected conclusion. As one of the most exciting and deeply moving stories penned by a brilliant and gifted story teller, A Tale of Two Cities is indeed a riveting and unforgettable experience for readers of all ages.


Barbara s. K.

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A powerful book read by an expert reader. What a pleasure!


- 5 stars

The narration is really good. Story is amazing too. Highly recommend listening to this book.

Tony R.

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Paul Adams is an excellent reader

Corrin Darcy Casas

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Very timely again in this turbulent political climate.. Paul Adams is superb!!!

Brilliant, so enjoyed the story and Paul Adams was fantastic!


- Review

Brilliant. Loved this book and the narrator Paul Adams. Hope I come across a narrative of his again. Great story. First time I've truly appreciated Charles Dickens talent for writing stories. Brilliant

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- Review

This is a wonderful book and the Paul Adams, the reader, is magnificent! You can tell that Paul loves this story too. He puts so much emotion into it. Great to listen to!


- Tale of Two Cities

Why had nobody tried harder to get me to read (or listen to) Dickens before? Amazingly written. This is what readers talk about when they say they get lost in a book. I was immersed as the wine barrel broke open on the street, held my breath as the Bastille was stormed and couldn't wait for my next commute to hear the contents of the doctor's letter. I'll be listening to more Dickens shortly. To Paul Adams, thank you. Your reading was fantastic. A voice made for the story.


- Review

Wow this is hard. The narrator did a good job overall. His interpretation of this story was interesting. By the end of the book he was wonderful . This story is not like any of the other books Charles D has written. It must have been very trying to have lived in a world such as his. We are so very lucky today. Thank you.


- Wonderful

The only thing better than a wonderful story is a wonderful story read by a fabulous reader.


- thank you

Thank you so much! I really appreciate your readings.


- A Tale of Two Cities

Love the way he puts emphasis on certain words that can be very easy to read over. It makes homework reading somewhat fun and interesting.

David C.

Great book and great reader! I really enjoyed it all.

Karis K.

- Amazing voice

The way he puts more emotion into the reading makes me feel excited and suspicious. Amazing!

Phillip D

I'm quickly becoming a Charles Dickens fan. This book is no exception although it took a while to get into it and like most Dickens books, there is such an array of characters that are introduced, I found myself Googling the character list to figure out who was who. I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the fact that it took me half the book before I "really" started enjoying it. If I divided the book in two, the first half would be 4 stars and the second half would be 5.

K. Ward.

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Loved Paul Adam's narration, no yawning going on here! Thank you.


- A tale of two cities

This was my first audio book. The combination of the writing (it made me laugh out loud and almost brought me to tears) plus Paul Adams' reading made it a fabulous experience. Thoroughly recommended.

I had to stop listening about 1/4 through this book - I just couldn't listen to the reader any longer. Every word spoken is sooo dramatic - way too dramatic...


Great book. The book has a great plot.

Very good.


- Very well done

I've listened to this book over and over again. It is of course a great story. I listen so many times primarily because Paul Adams does the best reading of a book that I have ever heard. He is able to create a one man verbal dramatic performance. He injects nuance into every word and intention into every sentence. Not one stumble, hesitation or mispronunciation. I can only hope Paul Adams lends his talents to a new classic book project very soon. I would gladly listen as he reads the phone book.


- Paul Adams as reader

This was our first audiobook download and what a treat! Paul Adams made the book come alive. Thank you Yawn Guy!

Jessica Can

Great book so far