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Sarah Hadley

I'm a graduate student and English teacher. I've been an audiobook fan all of my life - lots and lots of extremely long car trips!

Murfreesboro, Tennessee USA

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  • Tom Baker Reads 'A Christmas Carol'

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
    Overall
    (17)
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    (15)
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    (14)

    Charles Dickens' story of solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by the three ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, has become one of the timeless classics of English literature. First published in 1843, it introduces us not only to Scrooge himself but also to the memorable characters of underpaid desk clerk Bob Cratchit and his poor family, the poorest amongst whom is the ailing and crippled Tiny Tim.

    Sarah Hadley says: "Tom Baker Brings New Life to Old Xmas Chestnut"
    "Tom Baker Brings New Life to Old Xmas Chestnut"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tom Baker Reads 'A Christmas Carol' to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. While I respect "A Christmas Carol" as a major cultural influence, it has never been one of my favorite Christmas stories. Tom Baker's narration makes it much more enjoyable for me.


    What other book might you compare Tom Baker Reads 'A Christmas Carol' to and why?

    In the '70s and '80s Tom Baker narrated a few ghost stories and abridged sci-fi classics like "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Anyone who has heard those will find that his narration style has not changed. He has a theatrical delivery that fits the Victorian text (portions of which Dickens himself performed to audiences).


    What about Tom Baker’s performance did you like?

    It's so alive! This is not a clipped, "proper" reading of a classic, but a living text. Baker's voice is rich and plummy, with different tones for different characters and a lot of enthusiasm both in happy moments and chilling reveals. This is truly a performance, as if a favorite uncle came over for Christmas and started reading you the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was surprised by the material in "A Christmas Carol" which doesn't get adapted by most filmmakers (we've all seen multiple TV or movie versions, right?). My favorite is when the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge on a tour of London and reveals to him the two children under his robes: the boy, Ignorance, and the girl, Want. "Beware them both, but most of all - beware this boy!"


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read "A Christmas Carol" in over a decade because the story has never been a favorite. I'm so pleased I took a chance on this audiobook and reacquainted myself. I would recommend this performance to anyone.

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  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1964)
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    (1801)
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    (1804)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Fun free story for Halloween"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Click-Clack the Rattlebag to be better than the print version?

    I've never read a print version. However, Neil Gaiman's story seems to have been specifically designed as a fun little "appetizer" for Halloween, and the enjoyment really comes from listening to him read that story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This is basically a narrative vignette, and if you have any experience with spooky stories at all you'll figure out "where it's going." It's not a revolutionary tale and some listeners will be disappointed with how familiar it feels. However, that familiarity also makes the story suspenseful as well as nostalgic (it will reminded me of stories I enjoyed as a child).


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a wonderful, silky storyteller's voice with perfect cadence. He draws you in right away.


    If you could rename Click-Clack the Rattlebag, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't!


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