A Tale of Two Cities (version 3)

Read by Bob Neufeld

(4.7 stars; 264 reviews)

A Tale of Two Cities is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several protagonists through these events. The 45-chapter novel was published in 31 weekly instalments in Dickens' new literary periodical titled All the Year Round. From April 1859 to November 1859, Dickens also republished the chapters as eight monthly sections in green covers. Dickens' previous novels had appeared only as monthly instalments. The first weekly instalment of A Tale of Two Cities ran in the first issue of All the Year Round on 30 April 1859. The last ran thirty weeks later, on 26 November. (Summary by Wikipedia)

(15 hr 5 min)


Very well read. Thank you.

(5 stars)

Exhausting work. Totally drained, moved, and edified. Thanks to "Revolutions" podcast for prompting me to come experience this intensely significant, masterfully crafted tale illuminating the historic essence of the French Revolution. Headed back to the podcast to continue with the history of the era and the event.

A Tale of Two Cities

(5 stars)

The Marvel of Charles Dickens writing, clearly shows itself in this book. How He connects small details in different chapters. It is such an insightful book on the French revolution and how the seeds of oppression will rise up in equal and perhaps worse force. The reader was great He gave the book the soberness it deserves to be listened with.

Excellent reading

(2 stars)

This is one of my favorite books and was very nicely read, although the character voices were similar enough that it was sometimes difficult to determine who was speaking. Unfortunately, the book stops 35 minutes short of the end, asks me to review it, and won't let me listen to the end.

Great Narration on the World's Favorite Classic

(5 stars)

Thank you Mr Neufeld! excellent narration, perfect cadence. I enjoyed every minute listening to this book. I love all Dickens' work and you made it come alive with your excellent narration. I highly recommend this version.

More than just the best of times and worst of times

(5 stars)

Redemption comes in many forms, but is a single act of extreme courage enough to compensate for a lifetime of debauchery?


(5 stars)

Thoroughly enjoyable. Read flawlessly by Bob Neuberger. (I listen to anything he narrates). I wasn't a Dickens fan at the start, I appreciate his intricate, layered style and episodic cliffhangers now.

(5 stars)

I'm so glad to be able to experience this classic story. It was extremely well-read. I appreciate the talents of the author and the reader.

Great Book, Perfect Reading

(5 stars)

The book itself, I think, requires no commentary. It is an essential classic. Bob Neufeld delivers a perfect rendition.