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Dickens, Charles. A tale of two cities.

DICKENS, Charles. A tale of two cities. BBC Radio 4 full cast dramatization. 6 cds. 6.33 hrs. BBC Audiobooks America. 1989. 0-7927-3982-5. $64.95. Vinyl; plot, author notes. JSA *

For either a first-time reader or someone who fondly remembers the story, this full cast dramatization is absolutely excellent. The story is presented with sound effects and fantastic acting, including that of Charles Dance as Sydney Carton, making the listening experience seem like an evening in the British theatre. Dickens's shortest novel is long enough to contain some of his remarkable lowbrow characters, who give a comedic flavor to the story where appropriate, but most of his characters are either noble, pure of heart or nefarious. The French Revolution also has a major role in the story, which will prove educational to YA students. The tale of one man giving up his life for a friend, the story of poor Dr. Manette who was unfairly imprisoned and driven insane, only to be brought back to life by his daughter, and the love of his daughter for a descendent of French nobility who is unfairly persecuted by the revolutionaries, will lead to wonderful classroom or family discussions. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.

*--The asterisk highlights exceptional books.
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Date:Jul 1, 2006
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