Believe it or not, this is my first read of the "immortal classic, A Christmas Carol." I've seen 5-6 variations of the Charles Dickens classic starring various personages, including versions with the redoubtable Patrick Stewart and George C Scott-- not in the same version, of course. I've even seen a reimagining of this classic tale (Scrooged with Bill Murray, or some of the Walt Disney versions with Mickey and Scrooge MacDuck).
Truthfully, I was blown away by the clever yet pithy narrative style invoked by Dickens. And Tim Curry, as narrator (I got this as an Audible audio-book) is truly fantastic. This will definitely become part of my annual Christmas celebration.
Not Christmas without this.
Love Tim Curry he is a tremendous actor in everything he does
I love the beginning and the end along with everything in between!
Yes and again and again
I love this story and the book is great and listening to it is a bonus!
I work full time (3rd shift) and go to school full time for accounting. Without much time to sit down and just read a book but a 45-60 minute commute to and from work, I've just started seriously listening to audiobooks lately. They've been a lifesaver.
Yes. Great story and a wonderful narrator.
Tim Curry has this wonderfully smooth voice, which is an absolute pleasure to listen to. Of course, he is known for playing quirky villains so he has the "mean Scrooge" down without even needing to try. His voice automatically goes there. However, he does the laughter of the Ghost of Christmas Present just as well as the chilling descriptions of the Ghost of Christmas Future. I saw him as Scrooge at Madison Square Garden 10 years ago (2002) and he was amazing. He's just as good here.
When the Ghost of Christmas Future is taking Scrooge around the city and Scrooge is trying to figure out who had died. Of course, the listener knew that it was going to be Scrooge that had died, but we went through the process of figuring it out with him.
Tim Curry shines as the narrator of this beloved short story, doing the justice Dickens' tale deserves. His voice acting skills have always been top notch, and here they shine. Unlike abridged versions of this classic tale, he preforms the entire book, giving the story its depth sorely lacking in many other audio book, and most movie/TV adaptations. The Alastair Sim move version comes closest to the story, and remains a favorite of mine year in-year out, but Tim Curry's narration has taken its place as the best "performance" of this story ever. Bravo Mr Curry!
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
This was my first listen by this narrator, and he brought this familiar story to life. He holds your attention despite the familiarity.
Tim Curry is such a great performer. He put the "wow" in a Christmas classic! Would recommend this to all ages. I don't think I really knew the classic tale until I heard Mr. Curry narrate.
The soul of Ebenezer.
This is a great listen for everyone. I highly recommend it!
Curry takes one of the most lovable and best known stories in English literature and makes it better. Superb timing, voicing and expression. Loved every minute of it.
This well-known story was excellently narrated by Tim Curry...and I'm SO glad I decided to pay the extra couple of dollars for the Curry narration! His voice is soothing yet engaging at the same time. His voices for each character are spot on. And his delivery of the humor was so well-timed!
When grumpy and miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his long-deceased business partner, he gets the shock of his life. Apparently, a person's job on earth is to walk among his fellow men and help them. For those who were too selfish to help, they are doomed to an eternity of walking among men and desiring to help, but not being able to. Scrooge is about to be given a chance at redemption. He will be visited by three ghosts. The Ghost of Christmas Past reminds him that although he'd had a rather dreary childhood, he'd had plenty of chances to make people (rather than wealth) his passion. The Ghost of Christmas Present shows him how happy people can be when they are surrounded by the people they love at Christmas. And the Ghost of Christmas Future reveals a dreary future which may come to pass if Scrooge continues on his miserly path. On Christmas morning, Scrooge awakens a new man - someone who knows how important it is to love one's neighbors and to rejoice in their friendship. This is such a great story because it reminds us that wealth does not necessarily make us happy. It reminds us to look at the world through a different perspective. And, it's pretty darned funny. :)
The Best! Amazing performance. Breaths new life into a story that we all know well.
Beginning to end, not a dull moment.
The whole thing is amazing. Tim Curry performs the book, he doesn't just read the words. He lives the words.
Take the time and listen to this audio book. Worth your time.
I've always thought Tim Curry was under appreciated and am glad to see him do this. I know it's been around for a while but this is a great performance. I hope he gets used more for some distinctly British novels or stories. There are many unique voices that I'd love to see preserved with a reading. The A-List series is approaching that idea, but imagine if Sean Connery could be convinced to read something. Anyway, this is an excellent rendering of the story and it is more than I had even remembered as far as size and depth. I'm not a Dickens fan as I think he gets too longwinded due to his episodic/magazine/serialization style, but this is compact and fine.