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  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens, Simon Callow - introduction
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Exclusively from Audible. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' So begins Charles Dickens' most famous historical drama: a gripping tale of war, social injustice and the choice between darkness and light. After being unjustly imprisoned for 18 years, French doctor Manette is released from the Bastille jail in Paris and embarks upon a journey to London in the hope of finding the daughter he never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic story, by a master storyteller

  • By Phil Culmer on 07-03-18

Great narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Great narration and production 5 stars.
I just don't think ATOTC is Dickens strongest novel. There are powerful sections on the Paris revolution and his writing on the recurring mental breakdown of of one of the key protagonists is both moving, insightful and very modern. It's just not as good as Hugo on this subject. perhaps because he's writing outside his usual context of 19th England and lacks his detailed contemporary social commentary. One of the greatest opening passages and final scenes in literature though, and with the outstanding narration I'd recommend it.

  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • The Dickens Collection: Original Audio Show
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 36 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

When 19-year old Nicholas Nickleby is left destitute after his father's death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister. But Ralph Nickleby offers little help and proves to be both hard-hearted and unscrupulous, leaving Nicholas to make his own way in the world. Nicholas' adventures take him to Yorkshire boarding school, Dotheboys Hall, and then back to London, meeting an extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics along the way. Like many of Dickens' novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterised by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, revealing his comic genius.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic melodrama and a wonder of character acting

  • By Adam on 31-10-18

Outstanding narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-18

It’s a Dickens tale that sags into melodrama towards the end, but the Yorkshire characters around Do The Boys Hall are enduringly grotesque.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is outstanding at bringing it all to life and holds the listener’s attention for over 40 hours of rich narration. Loved it.