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"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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Loved it

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

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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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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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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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Just brilliant

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

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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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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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Beautifully read ..

Andrew Sachs has a lovely voice, and nice to revisit Charles Dickens. recommended audio book

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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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  • 07-11-16

Loved it!

A timeless tale of historic love and hate.
Beautifully performed. A must listen.
Had to listen to some bits more than once.

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  • Scott F Feighner
  • 05-12-16

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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  • yep
  • 31-08-16

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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  • KathrynVB
  • 03-06-18

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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  • Louisiana
  • 30-05-17

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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  • Jim or Julia Taylor
  • 05-10-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-20

Monday 06/22/2020

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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  • I.G.
  • 01-01-20

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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  • Bjorn
  • 24-09-19

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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  • T. Heaton
  • 31-05-19

Andrew Sachs's narration is king.

I listened to sections from every audio version I could find and this was the best. Andrew Sachs deserves all the praise he gets and more.

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  • Edward
  • 18-03-19

Listen to this book. It's a tale of our times.

When I finished this recording I wanted to start the whole thing again from the beginning. It occurs to me, as it did to the narrator in his personal notes that follow the recording (what a splendid job), that "It was the best of times, It was the worst of times" applies profoundly to the current day. While it's easy and clear to see the worst of times, it is a little more difficult to see the best of times. As I listened, I heard the astonishing voice of understanding and heartfelt caring. I realized that "the best of times" was not in glory or victory or wealth or power, but in simple experiences of caring and understanding. It was in the scene where Charles Darnay approaches Dr. Maness to express his love for the doctor's daughter. He wants NOTHING to disturb the sensitive relationship between Lucy and her father. A moment of pure ecstasy. You will never forget this book.