Like with other classic texts such as The Three Musketeers, my experience with A Christmas Carol has mostly been filtered through the dozens if not hundreds of movie adaptations (Muppets, Mickey Mouse, Mr. Magoo, Jim Carrey, Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammer, and more!). While most of these tales try to stay faithful to the original narrative, they, of course, are not the original. Perhaps the best way to encounter the tale itself is to, you know, actually read the book.
So I tried. I really tried. Several times. I'd start the book, usually around Christmas, and then quit before I was through the first stave. It's not because the book was boring. It's just that with all of the film adaptations out there, I didn't feel it was necessary to actually read the book--I knew the story by heart already without having to read it!
Well, this audiobook seems to have been the answer for my dilemma. It's a short work, and was much easier to engage with (for me) by listening rather than reading. There are several details, such as Scrooge's thoughts, which can't be represented on the screen, and therefore to get the complete picture of the story, it's essential to engage with the actual text. I gained new insights into the tale now that I've listened to Dickens's original words, and would highly recommend that other recalcitrant readers give this one a shot, too.
Tim Curry as a narrator is great. He's an excellent actor and a very talented voice actor. However, I felt like he overdid some of his impressions at times, particularly that of Scrooge, in parts where I felt could have been a little less forced. (Thus my four-star rating). But other than that, his rendition was very well-suited to the atmosphere that is A Christmas Carol.
Fantasy All Day Every Day!
Best Christmas Story Of All Time!
Everyone deserves second chances.
When he realizes that he has another chance.
A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite story's of all time. I watch the many versions of it on TV every year in and around Christmas. This year I started listening to a lot of podcasts and remembered Audible.com. I subscribed to it before and am not sure why I stopped. Books in my opinion are always, most of the time anyway, better than the TV because there's so much more detail. Anyway, I bought A Christmas Carol with my first credit and instantly fell back in love with Audible.Com and all the narrators that are on here. Although this is a short read and a short story it was a great first title to get me back into books. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys A Christmas Carol. It can be a hard read and this helps a lot. If anything use this to supplement your reading.
Every year I make it my duty to read this story during the Christmas time and even though I have read or watched this story more than perhaps 10 times, it never gets old. Then to have it read by a very signature voice such as Tim Curry just puts the icing on the cake. A wonderful story with a moral we can all draw from. A must have in my collection.
I love this story and make a point of watching at least 2 or 3 versions of it every year! But I love the book the most!! Tim Curry is just the most perfect reader for this story! Love it!!
the story is classic and paired with Tim Curry's performance was amazing! I loved the characterization and expressions. the story too is wonderful! I feel a renewed enthusiasm for the joy in life and fellowship.
It's an enchanting story and beautifully narrated by Tim Curry.
As the story progresses Scrooge starts to get aware of all his flaws and becomes a really lovable character.
His warm voice just added to the experience.