Audibly Speaking: Listening to History

Audibly Speaking: Listening to History

Latest Episodes

Book the Third, Chapter 14 of A Tale of Two Cities: “The Knitting Done”
April 05, 2021

Madame Defarge discovers that her prey, Lucy, Little Lucy and Dr. Manette, have fled her clutches and are on the country roads of France, fleeing for England, What she does not know is that her most important enemy, Charles Darnay, is with them,

“The Substance of the Shadow” from Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities
March 21, 2021

In this chapter, Dr. Manette’s long-buried message, found in the Bastille by Ernest Defarge, is used to condemn Charles Darnay, son-in-law of the good doctor and husband of his fair daughter, to death at the Guillotine!  In vain does Dr.

“The Game Made,” a “Tell” Chapter from A Tale of Two Cities (Book the Third, Chapter Nine)
March 19, 2021

In this chapter of A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Darnay is sentenced to death on the accusations of the Dafarges and, incredibly, Dr. Manette, in the form of an old condemnation by the prisoner in the Bastille long before he knew Charles.

A Most Difficult Chapter from “A Tale of Two Cities”
March 12, 2021

“A Hand at Cards,” Book Three, Chapter Eight of A Tale of Two Cities.  Here many of the characters in the novel are on stage in one chapter.  Carton reappears and must “turn” the spy John Barsad to his purposes.  Pross and Cruncher are “over the top,

Chapter Six, Book Three, “Triumph,” from A TALE OF TWO CITIES
March 06, 2021

In this chapter, Charles Darnay is saved. Or is he?  The good Doctor Manette works his magic.  But the Defarges will not give up on their quest to send every member of the Evremonde family to the guillotine.

My Reading of Book Three, Episode Five of "A Tale of Two Cities," “The Woodsawyer.”
March 02, 2021

Here is a sample of my ongoing recording for Librivox of this classic work by Charles Dickens. From Hijacking History, my podcast series. Get on the email list at

Book Three, Chapter Five of “A Tale of Two Cities:” THE WOOD-SAWYER
March 01, 2021

Dickens’s most atypical novel grows still darker, even for him, in this terrifying chapter from A Tale of Two Cities.  Lucy travels into the chaotic streets of revolutionary Paris to try to catch a glimpse of her beloved Charles in the Bastille.

“Calm in Storm,” from “A Tale of Two Cities”
February 26, 2021

Book Three, chapter Four of Dickens’s classic novel. Doctor Manette is off to La Force to try to save the life of Charles Darnay. Will he succeed?  Stay tuned, as they say, and “Listen to History” on

“The Grindstone,” from A Tale of Two Cities
February 20, 2021

Another entry in my evolving audio narration of Charles Dickens’s magisterial novel, A Tale of Two Cities.  This chapter is called “The Grindstone.”  It is a difficult chapter to read because it involves characters of different sexes exchanging dialogu...

Newest Episode: “Fire Rising,” Chapter 29 from A Tale of Two Cities
February 12, 2021

In this episode, the mansion of the Marquis St. Evremonde goes up in flames as the Revolutionary mob torches the ancestral home of Charles Darnay (secretly the new Marquis).  The old Marquis’s functionary, Gabelle, is, in consequence,