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A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

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Novel by Charles Dickens, published both serially and in book form in 1859. The story is set in the late 18th century against the background of the French Revolution. Although Dickens borrowed from Thomas Carlyle's history, The French Revolution, for his sprawling tale of London and revolutionary Paris, the novel offers more drama than accuracy. The scenes of large-scale mob violence are especially vivid, if superficial in historical understanding. The complex plot involves Sydney Carton's sacrifice of his own life on behalf of his friends Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess--the latter memorably caricatured in Madame Defarge, who knits beside the guillotine. The book is perhaps best known for its opening lines, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," and for Carton's last speech, in which he says of his replacing Darnay in a prison cell, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known." -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

Language:

English

Narrators:

Frank Muller

Length:

13h 31m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:47


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

06:12


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

11:10


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

09:58


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

25:14


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

24:38


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

24:47


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

13:39


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

14:06


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

28:06


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

12:40


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

12:34


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

26:25


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

20:46


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

11:18


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

24:42


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

17:24


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

07:20


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

14:03


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

10:42


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

21:48


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

23:46


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

22:35


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

12:03


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

14:15


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

18:46


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

07:53


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

26:47


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

12:18


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

15:40


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

26:04


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

25:11


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

14:03


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

10:30


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

12:34


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

13:39


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

14:21


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

11:02


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

27:42


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

29:49


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

36:35


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

08:47


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

19:07


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

26:05


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

26:38


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

15:24


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

01:12