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DICKENS, C.: Tale of Two Cities (A) (Unabridged)

‘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.



Disc 1

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   Book The First – Chapter 1 00:06:54
2.   Chapter 2 00:06:39
3.   The sound of a horse at a gallop… 00:06:21
4.   Chapter 3 00:04:58
5.   Tellson’s Bank had a run upon it in the mail 00:06:03
6.   Chapter 4 00:05:32
7.   Rounding his mouth and both his eyes… 00:04:40
8.   The likeness passed away… 00:03:26
9.   Mr Lorry opened his hands… 00:04:29
10.   After this odd description of his daily routine… 00:05:18
11.   As he said the words he looked down… 00:06:47
12.   Chapter 5 00:04:57
13.   Hunger. It was prevalent everywhere 00:05:28


Disc 2

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   This wine - shop keeper was a bull - necked… 00:04:46
2.   The three customers pulled off their hats… 00:05:17
3.   There was yet an upper staircase… 00:07:06
4.   Chapter 6 00:06:36
5.   Now that he had no work to hold… 00:05:20
6.   It happened, at length… 00:06:21
7.   She held him closer round the neck… 00:05:00
8.   In the submissive way of one long accustomed… 00:04:37
9.   Book The Second – Chapter 1 00:05:22
10.   Outside Tellson’s – never by any means in it… 00:04:57
11.   Here he addressed his wife once more… 00:04:33
12.   Chapter 2 00:04:52
13.   Making his way through the tainted crowd… 00:05:04
14.   ‘Silence in the court!’ 00:05:08


Disc 3

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   Chapter 3 00:04:31
2.   When the Attorney - General ceased… 00:05:13
3.   The blue - flies buzzed again… 00:04:21
4.   In the midst of a profound stillness… 00:06:08
5.   Mr Attorney - General now signified to my Lord… 00:07:02
6.   There was much commiseration for her as she was removed… 00:04:39
7.   Chapter 4 00:04:41
8.   The friends of the acquitted prisoner had dispersed… 00:05:28
9.   ‘Now your dinner is done,’… 00:05:26
10.   Chapter 5 00:06:47
11.   Two or three times, the matter in hand… 00:07:15
12.   Chapter 6 00:05:43
13.   There were three rooms on a floor… 00:05:35
14.   ‘As we happen to be alone for the moment…’ 00:06:00


Disc 4

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   Miss Pross was a pleasant sight… 00:05:48
2.   The floor was examined very carefully… 00:06:35
3.   Chapter 7 00:04:19
4.   A sumptuous man was the Farmer - General 00:05:43
5.   The exquisite gentlemen of the finest breeding… 00:05:32
6.   At last, swooping at a street corner… 00:06:43
7.   Chapter 8 00:05:55
8.   ‘What was he like’ 00:06:26
9.   Chapter 9 00:05:49
10.   When coffee had been served… 00:05:36
11.   ‘Repression is the only lasting philosophy…’ 00:05:46
12.   The ringing of the bell… 00:05:17
13.   The fountain in the village flowed unseen… 00:05:19


Disc 5

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   Chapter 10 00:05:08
2.   ‘I have had the happiness, Doctor Manette…’ 00:05:00
3.   Her father sat silent… 00:05:16
4.   Her father considered a little before he answered… 00:05:22
5.   Chapter 11 00:03:35
6.   Sydney drank a bumper of the punch he had made… 00:04:25
7.   Chapter 12 00:04:07
8.   ‘Oh dear me!’ cried Mr Lorry… 00:06:18
9.   ‘Well, Mr Stryver…’ 00:05:34
10.   Chapter 13 00:05:33
11.   I wish you to know… 00:06:24
12.   Chapter 14 00:04:19
13.   At length, a person better informed… 00:04:23


Disc 6

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   Mr Cruncher did not assist at the closing sports… 00:04:59
2.   Mr Cruncher beguiled the earlier watches… 00:05:18
3.   From his oppressed slumber, Young Jerry… 00:04:21
4.   Chapter 15 00:05:15
5.   Defarge closed the door carefully… 00:05:41
6.   Defarge and the three glanced darkly at one another 00:04:33
7.   The mender of roads looked… 00:04:38
8.   Nothing more was said… 00:05:27
9.   Chapter 16 00:05:36
10.   The night was hot… 00:05:38
11.   A figure entering at the door… 00:05:38
12.   As the keeper of the wine - shop entered… 00:05:09
13.   Madame Defarge knitted steadily… 00:05:02


Disc 7

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   Chapter 17 00:03:49
2.   It was the first time… 00:04:22
3.   His collected and calm manner… 00:03:56
4.   Chapter 18 00:05:07
5.   It was a hard parting… 00:04:22
6.   Two things at once impressed themselves on Mr Lorry… 00:05:29
7.   Chapter 19 00:04:43
8.   Mr Lorry saw that they understood one another… 00:04:17
9.   Doctor Manette sat meditating… 00:06:56
10.   The Doctor shaded his forehead with his hand… 00:04:49
11.   Chapter 20 00:04:55
12.   When he was gone… 00:03:42
13.   Chapter 21 00:04:49
14.   Mr Stryver shouldered his way through the law… 00:03:26


Disc 8

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   On a night in mid - July… 00:05:27
2.   With a roar that sounded… 00:05:12
3.   Through gloomy vaults… 00:04:01
4.   In the howling universe of passion… 00:04:01
5.   Chapter 22 00:04:30
6.   The men were terrible… 00:04:11
7.   ‘Bring him out! Bring him to the lamp!’ 00:04:03
8.   Chapter 23 00:06:33
9.   As the road - mender plied his dusty labour… 00:06:08
10.   As the rider rattled down the hill… 00:04:41
11.   Chapter 24 00:04:44
12.   ‘My dear Charles,’ said Mr Lorry 00:04:56
13.   It was too much the way of Monseigneur… 00:06:20
14.   Mr Lorry and Charles Darnay were left alone… 00:06:28
15.   With this uneasiness half stifled… 00:05:54


Disc 9

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   Book the Third – Chapter 1 00:05:44
2.   He stopped in the act of swinging himself out of his saddle… 00:05:21
3.   When he had sat in his saddle some half - hour… 00:05:16
4.   Charles Darnay felt it hopeless to entreat him further… 00:05:39
5.   It struck him motionless 00:05:08
6.   Chapter 2 00:04:45
7.   Soon afterwards, the bell at the great gate sounded… 00:04:46
8.   The grindstone had a double handle… 00:05:49
9.   Chapter 3 00:06:07
10.   Defarge looked gloomily at his wife… 00:05:10
11.   Chapter 4 00:05:52
12.   This new life of the Doctor’s was an anxious life… 00:07:04
13.   Chapter 5 00:07:39


Disc 10

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   These occupations brought her round… 00:04:46
2.   A footstep in the snow 00:03:08
3.   Chapter 6 00:04:45
4.   ‘Charles Evremonde, called Darnay!’ 00:05:29
5.   All the voices were in the prisoner’s favour… 00:05:25
6.   Chapter 7 00:06:06
7.   Mr Cruncher, in an access of loyalty… 00:05:46
8.   Chapter 8 00:05:15
9.   Miss Pross only shook her head… 00:05:48
10.   Carton’s negligent recklessness of manner… 00:03:57
11.   Mr Lorry’s business eye read in the speaker’s face… 00:04:22
12.   It was a poorer hand than he suspected… 00:03:53
13.   While he was at a loss… 00:04:33
14.   Sydney Carton, who, with Mr Lorry… 00:03:51
15.   Chapter 9 00:05:26
16.   Mr Cruncher knuckled his forehead… 00:04:52


Disc 11

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   ‘Yours is a long life to look back upon, sir’ 00:05:06
2.   As the grinning little man held out the pipe… 00:05:05
3.   Now, that the streets were quiet… 00:03:55
4.   Every eye then turned to the five judges… 00:05:08
5.   Chapter 10 00:05:27
6.   ‘The patient was a woman of great beauty…’ 00:04:56
7.   ‘On some hay on the ground…’ 00:05:29
8.   ‘Nothing human could have held life in the boy…’ 00:06:17
9.   ‘She lingered for a week.’ 00:05:41
10.   ‘She was a good, compassionate lady…’ 00:05:51
11.   Chapter 11 00:04:06
12.   When they arrived at the gateway… 00:05:01
13.   Chapter 12 00:03:53
14.   Carton followed the lines and words of his paper… 00:04:20
15.   Both her hearers derived a horrible enjoyment… 00:05:06


Disc 12

  A Tale of Two Cities
1.   Carton stooped to pick up the coat… 00:06:48
2.   Chapter 13 00:05:17
3.   When he lay down on his straw bed… 00:03:56
4.   The door was quickly opened and closed… 00:04:31
5.   As if his memory were impaired… 00:05:11
6.   As he stood by the wall in a dim corner… 00:04:34
7.   It is Jarvis Lorry who has replied… 00:04:35
8.   Chapter 14 00:05:10
9.   The question was addressed to the wood - sawyer… 00:04:46
10.   Now, when the journey of the travelling coach… 00:05:25
11.   Mr Cruncher was so bewildered… 00:04:51
12.   Madame Defarge was not likely to follow… 00:04:18
13.   In the first fright and horror of her situation… 00:03:15
14.   Chapter 15 00:05:32
15.   The clocks are on the stroke of three… 00:05:37
16.   She kisses his lips… 00:04:37

Total Playing Time: 14:40:04






Author(s):
Dickens, Charles

Reader(s):
Lesser, Anton

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: NAX35912

Barcode: 9789626343593

Physical Release: 09/2005

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