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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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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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  • Ms
  • 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 reading is low key and relaxed. It is if he is inviting the narrator to join him in witnessing what he is reading. I strongly urge any who love reading Dickens to listen to Andrew Sachs reading of this great work. It is a good match.m

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-18

Andrew Sachs is masterful.

I really enjoyed this book and the actor could not have been better. Really his character voices take you and they are so well defined. Hats of to that gifted talented man

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  • ThoughtfulListener
  • 06-11-17

forgiveness and vengeance

It starts out a bit slow, but all of the the pieces presented in the first half come together over the second half to complete an incredible story of love and forgiveness, hate and vengeance.

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  • NC38
  • 19-08-17

Listen to this recording to appreciate Dickens

Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

Yes. This is the best narration of the ten books on Audible I have listened to. Andrew Sachs is SPECTACULAR at bringing the characters to life (even better than George Guildall). You feel like you are in a London street listening to the conversations of real-life people. Since one of Dickens's great qualities is his ear for language, a narrator like Sachs is essential to making the book enjoyable, or even easier to understand.

What did you like best about this story?

I've read this book several times and taught it regularly over the years. I think what I appreciated this time through were the pacing and the balance, which make this big novel go by surprisingly quickly. Dickens devotes just the right amount of time to each stage of the narration; the story never becomes tedious. All the narrative elements are wrapped up elegantly at the end. The characters are also great. I particularly enjoyed the vengeful revolutionaries.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm so sorry to hear Sachs has passed away. I would have loved to hear him narrate every other major Dickens novel.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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  • Sonja Y. Baxter
  • 19-01-17

Clear and Engaging!

The reading brought each character to life. This was my most enjoyable audible text so far.

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  • Mary A. Palausky
  • 08-04-16

A Tale of Two Cities

I loved this book. It was so much easier to listen to than to read.