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A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry Audiobook

A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

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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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    JTS Burlington, KY USA 12-22-15
    JTS Burlington, KY USA 12-22-15 Listener Since 2007
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    "Tim Curry is the best narrator."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There are many versions of A Christmas Carol. Tim Curry by far is the best narrator. As an actor, he has come a very long way since Rocky Horror Picture Show. As the narrator of this Christmas Classic, he is superb. I would recommend this version to everybody.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a classic which carries a message that never gets old or outdated.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Tim Curry's accent is perfect for the setting. His performance is clear and precise. You can understand every single word.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would be a very good book to listen to while traveling for the holidays.


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    Suzan Huntsville, UT, USA 12-21-15
    Suzan Huntsville, UT, USA 12-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    The story is an all time classic and the reader/narrator has an enjoyable voice.

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    Eric 12-21-15
    Eric 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Always excellent"

    Tim Curry has done it again. Phenomenal reading. A great Christmas present. We'll listen to it as often as possible.

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    James Walmsley 12-21-15
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    "Masterful rendition by Tim Curray"

    Will warm the cockles of your heart at Christmas time. You owe it to yourself. Give yourself a gift.

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    Amazon Customer 12-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Now It Feels Like Christmas"

    Hearing this book helps the Christmas season come alive. This is a great performance of a classic novel. There is not much to be said about this great book that has not already been said. A Christmas Carol provides the origin of many of our modern conceptions of Christmas. It is worth listening to this every year to set the mood for the season.

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    Nancy & Greg Florida, USA 12-18-15
    Nancy & Greg Florida, USA 12-18-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Tim Curry as Ebenezer Scrooge"

    My favorite Christmas story narrated by one of my favorite actors. It does not get much better than this. Only Jim Dale's rendition is better. I highly recommend.

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    Phyllis Plymouth, MN, United States 12-16-15
    Phyllis Plymouth, MN, United States 12-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic"

    I love A Christmas Carol and Tim Curry just elevated it to a new level of enjoyment! Will be an annual listen for me.

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    J.J.M. 12-16-15
    J.J.M. 12-16-15
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    "Timeless Classic"

    I absolutely loved Tim Curry ' s performance of one of my favorite holiday classics.

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    SHAWN 12-14-15
    SHAWN 12-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Listening to this has become a holiday tradition"
    What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry the most enjoyable?

    The first enjoyment must come from the soul of Dickens to have written this masterpiece.
    The second enjoyment--and not following far behind the first--is Tim Curry's phenomenal performance: his rich voice is such a pleasure to listen to. And to that end, the recording of Curry's voice is so close and good that this audio book is a true delight.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The moment Scrooge's nephew laughs. Curry's laugh is just as affecting as the nephew's is described to be. We all chuckle to hear it-- "as it [is] impossible to keep the affection off."


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Tim Curry's performance makes this one of my favorite audiobooks.


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    Gracia 12-11-15
    Gracia 12-11-15
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    "Awesome"

    I really enjoyed this audible book. Tim Curry is amazing. I have no complaints at all.

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