Tale of Two Cities

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Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities

Read by Anton Lesser


‘It was the best of times and the worst of times’ In one of the most famous openings of any novel, Dickens masterfully presents the turmoil of the French Revolution which is the backdrop for a novel of love, patience, hope and self-sacrifice. It is read by Anton Lesser whose award-winning Dickens recordings in their abridged form have now resulted in the opportunity to read the full unabridged text. His singular characterisations led to him being chosen by Peter Ackroyd to play Dickens himself in the major TV account of the writer. One of Dickens’s most popular novels. The only unabridged version on CD. Stunningly read by Anton Lesser.

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  • Running Time: 14 h 42 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-962-954-499-7
    Cat. no.:NAX35912
    Download size:214 MB
    Released:July 2005
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Anton Lesser reads Dickens’s historical romance about a French-English family caught up in the French Revolution in a voice fraught with incipient emotion, acting out roles with intensity but without becoming tiresome. A one-man ensemble, he distinguishes characters clearly yet effortlessly, without crudely broad strokes. He renders moments of quiet emotion with delicacy, perhaps even more effectively than big emotions, though he gives rioting Parisians their due. He manages, almost without faltering, to keep the novel vivid and intimate, pressing it into the listener’s heart and mind, though at times Dickens’s sentimentality and melodrama are hard to take. This is as fine a performance as one can reasonably expect from a narrator.

W.M., AudioFile

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