A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Free Audio Book)
A TALE OF TWO CITIES by CHARLES DICKENS – A free audiobook
Narrated by Kara Shallenberg
A Tale of Two Cities was a novel written by Charles Dickens and was published in 1859. The story is set in the backdrop of the events leading to the French Revolution and tackles issues of equality as well as themes of guilt, redemption and patriotism. The story follows several characters mainly that of Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton who are physically similar yet are very different in personality and morality. The story is a stark reminder of how society perceives those in power and those without. In this case, the French peasantry and the French aristocracy which treat each other with such scorn. Charles Dickens not only portrayed the arrogance of the aristocracy but also the brutality of the revolutionaries in vivid detail to show that acts of hate can only lead to more hate.
The characters of the story parallel each other, hence the title, the two cities wherein one side lives in excess and decadence while the other lives in poverty and suffering. These two cities that are totally different yet somehow twisted reflections of each other. Dickens has written a powerful social commentary that resonates throughout history. Read by Kara Shallenberg, A Tale of Two Cities is given life with her strong performance and the emotions that she pours down to each character. This is one free audiobook that is a must listen not only because of its significance but for the narrator’s performance.
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