I own close to 500 audiobooks, and this is one of the most well-performed. It is easy to presume that this is a very light story, because it has become so mainstream that one does not take it that seriously. However, how many of us in adulthood have taken the time to really read (listen) to the original Christmas Carol? It is very well-written, but what really brings it to life is Tim Curry's reading. I think he should narrate every audible book.
Tim Curry not only captured the flavor of Dickens but transported me to the time and place. I felt I was right there with the characters. What a treat to hear a truly memorable performance!
Reading Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" was a Christmas tradition that fell by the way side while I was in college. Tim Kerry's rich and versatile reading was a joy to the ear. The performance brought a deeper understanding and appreciation of the story.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
I couldn't finish this version and dashed over and bought the Simon Vance narration. Get a version that suits your tastes. This one, alas, did not suit mine
Well, I certainly didn't get a chance to like any female characters. Tim Curry, while having an extraordinary voice, simply cannot deliver female characterizations: it made the story unbearably difficult to listen to, even though there aren't many females in the story.
His rhythm and tone just didn't suit me. And I couldn't help it, but there's one part where Scrooge says, "Oh, Spirit!" and Curry delivers it as though he's still in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. ("Ohh, SPIriiit!"). It became laughable.
As I said, I couldn't finish this version
This is a virtuoso performance, I'm sure. They've told me. Plus, Tim Curry has an amazing voice. But really. I'm heading off to listen to Simon Vance right now...!
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Those are all things I was surprised to find here in the text of this book. Other surprising things included 'black swan' and 'smoking bishop.' Every time I read this book I am surprised by things I had forgotten were in there and by how much richer it is than any of the film versions. Tim Curry does a phenomenal job bringing this text to life. One other thing I noticed this time around is that Scrooge is much younger than I am used to thinking of him. There are certain clues that he may be as young as 40 and certainly not older than 50.
Addicted to Audible!
There is no better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than A Christmas Carol, listening to Dicken's original novel is so much better than many of the screen adaptations. His descriptions delight and Tim Curry's reading is wonderful.I am so happy that I purchased this and have already recommended it to family and friends! I will listen every year or whenever I need to remember what is most important in life!