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A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry Audiobook

A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Renowned actor Tim Curry’s voice is warm, deep, and arch to the point of campiness. Curry is an actor’s actor. His voice is so distinctive as to be unmistakable. Fans of this Dickens classic will enjoy hearing Curry manifest the coterie of pithy characters that inhabit this novel, ranging from small boy to old man to dire ghost. Curry’s knowing tone suits this fable well. His dramatic but nuanced performance highlights the emotions of loss, fear, hope, and joy that inform this text. Curry takes delight in the macabre aspects of this gothic tale. His irreverent take on this famous novel heightens the drama even for listeners who know the story inside and out.

Publisher's Summary

This version of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, masterfully narrated by Tim Curry, was available for a limited time last year, and now it's back. This one-of-a-kind performance puts a unique spin on a treasured classic, and served as the inspiration for the exciting new line of Audible Signature Classics, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Elijah Wood, and Heart of Darkness with Kenneth Branagh. Tim Curry performs this timeless holiday story in a deliciously dark tone, returning it to its Dickensian roots with a vivid imagining of Victorian London and just the right touch of outrageous fun.

A Christmas Carol has constantly been in print since its original publication in 1849, and has been adapted for stage, television, film, and opera. It has often been credited with returning the jovial and festive atmosphere to the holiday season in Britain and North America, following the somber period that emerged during the Industrial Revolution.

The story opens on a bleak and cold Christmas Eve as Ebenezer Scrooge is closing up his office for the day. As the story progresses and Christmas morning approaches, Scrooge encounters the unforgettable characters that make this story a classic: Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and, of course, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

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    Wendy H. 12-24-14
    Wendy H. 12-24-14
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    "Perfect!"

    This was such a great reading of a wonderful Christmas story. My 7 year old got into the story too. It will now be a tradition to listen to this every year.

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    Skipper 12-24-14
    Skipper 12-24-14

    A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.

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    "Bon Appétit!"

    Dickens, seasoned with a little Curry and served with well-aged spirits. Bon appétit! This audiobook is simply scrumptious — not merely "an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a fragment of underdone potato." We savoured each word as Scrooge came vividly to life in our horseless carriage. With Curry's expert cadence setting the pace we devoured the distance for a holiday visit.

    Honestly, it almost feels like a sacred text. Dickens must have been inspired. The language is gorgeous. There is no real comparison to the varied Scroogy movies, but occasionally we'd catch a line or two that's a precise match with a film version. That's jolly good fun.

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    David Glowen Kent, WA 12-21-14
    David Glowen Kent, WA 12-21-14 Member Since 2015

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    "A great performance of a classic."

    Tim Curry's voice is perfect for this tale. His performance is also wonderful, it is so nice to drink hot chocolate in front of a winter fire.

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    Todd LAKE BALBOA, CA, United States 12-17-14
    Todd LAKE BALBOA, CA, United States 12-17-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful story and Tim Curry does an awesome job!"

    I have been listening to this version of A Christmas Carol for a few years now. This is delightful and Tim Curry is a great reader. Not too long for a family to listen of an evening a week long.

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    M. McCann 11-25-14
    M. McCann 11-25-14

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    "Curry is the best"

    Tim Curry gives the best reading to this Christmas classic I have ever heard. I re-read (listen) every Christmas and I never tire of his interpretation.

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    Cookie STAMFORD, CT, United States 06-18-14
    Cookie STAMFORD, CT, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Audible Perfection!"

    This is really just a great listen. We all know the story, so this is really just a review of the narrator. I can't say enough good things about it. My favorite way to enjoy this story now. Better than all the movies! Thank you Tim!

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    Peregrina Portland, OR USA 05-27-14
    Peregrina Portland, OR USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2016

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    What did you love best about A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

    Tim Curry brings the story to life. His acts more than narrates. Each character is clearly delineated and completely believable. His diction is perfect. I have listened to this story as told by Tim Curry at least a dozen times. If you love this story, as I have loved it for years, you will not be disappointed by this version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ebeneezer of course.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    All the characters are beautifully performed.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this one if you love Dickens.

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    jag El Dorado Hills, CA United States 03-30-14
    jag El Dorado Hills, CA United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Get This book"
    Where does A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fantastic job for this classic. Tim Curry does a wonderful job with his narrative


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    A classic book and is now one of my favorites of all time.

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    Jenna 03-15-14
    Jenna 03-15-14
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    "Disappointing"
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    2.5/5

    I listened to this audiobook over Christmas. While the story was as wonderful as ever, I have to say I was disappointed with Tim Curry's narration. I expected amazing things so that didn't help. It just didn't feel right, and some of his voices were ridiculous and distracting. I think this year I'll just reread it again rather than listen to it (or at least this version).

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    Andrea 03-05-14
    Andrea 03-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic"

    After hearing this performance of the original I was struck by it's darkness. More Halloween than Christmas. Anyone who loves this story will enjoy the contrast between this and the modern day take.

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