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From the echo of the first line ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’ to the final ‘It is a far far better thing that I do than I have ever done’, Dickens’ classic novel of the French revolution tells a story of the redemptive powers of love in the face of cruelty, violence and neglect.

Set in London and Paris, it shows the plight of the French people under the brutal oppression of the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, and the corresponding savage brutality of the revolutionaries towards the former aristocrats in the years immediately following. Among the memorable characters are Charles Darnay, a French former aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister who tries to redeem his ill-spent life out of love for Darnay’s wife, Lucie Manette. In this moving, intricate tale spanning eight tumultuous years, Dickens orchestrates the wider political picture behind the story of Lucie, Darnay and Carton with his customary brilliance.

This epic production, dramatised by Mike Walker, stars Robert Lindsay as Dickens, with Alison Steadman, Jonathan Coy, Andrew Scott, Paul Ready, and Karl Johnson.

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An excellent radio adaptation of Dickens classic

This is an evocative and sharp-paced adaptation of Dickens' classic novel, which many rate to be one of his best. The plot is full of twists and turns, and generates real suspense. Robert Lindsay is good as the narrator Dickens, while the main role of Sydney Carton is played with real sophistication; we get a sense of a genuinely tormented protagonist, struggling with alcoholism and depression. The adaptation brings out the core ideas in Dickens' text; the conflict between personal loyalty and loyalty to the state.

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  • County Cork, Ireland
  • 09-01-15

Good Production

It was a very fine production and the cast were all top notch. Would recommend it to anyone considering getting it.

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Extraorsdinary tale

it's an exhilarating and priceless experience to read this book. it's a must read for everyone.

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  • Sean Betts
  • 17-04-18

Great if you've read the book!

Started listening to the audio but was a little lost - then i read it first, then listened to it again and loved it more!! it's a great audio! wonderful performance!! perfect casting...