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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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    Lauren Breault 12-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    After seeing this story performed as a drama, a musical, by cartoons, by the Muppets, and by Mr. Magoo, I suddenly realized that I had never actually read it. I was delighted to find that it was narrated by one of my favorite actors, and Tim Curry did a magnificent job. Listening to this is going to be an annual tradition.

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    Terryn Middletown, Connecticut United States 12-04-15
    Terryn Middletown, Connecticut United States 12-04-15 Member Since 2011

    I like Star Wars, Foundation series, Redwall Series, Bloody Jack series, and westerns for fiction. In nonfiction, I like books about Catholic theology, American history and government, and economics.

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    "The Classic Tale comes alive with Tim Curry!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry the most enjoyable?

    I can see why this story has become a classic. Dickens really captures the spirit of Christmas. He does an excellent job showing how being a miser has really made Scrooge unhappy, and how the people he initially considers poor fools (Bob Kratchit, his nephew Fred) really are happier than he is. But it is finally when he can put a face to those in need through Tiny Tim that Scrooge's heart melts and he turns a new leaf. Hearing this in Dickens' original language, and not just a screenplay adaptation, gave the story more depth. I could actually feel the rebirth Scrooge experienced when he woke up in his room on Christmas morning.


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

    I have seen many adaptations of this classic tale, but never actually read the book until now. Tim Curry's narration is excellent. He really makes the characters comes alive. Each character has just the right accent, and his diction and cadence are great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me cry during the part when Tiny Tim's potential death is portrayed. It made me laugh and smile when Scrooge was "reborn".


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book and enjoy the story again, or really for the first time.

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    Candice 11-23-15
    Candice 11-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't be better!"

    Loved this book! Well read and easy to listen to. I enjoyed it very much and would definitely recommend it to others.

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    AKowalczyk 11-19-15
    AKowalczyk 11-19-15
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    "Narration is excellent!!"

    Tim Curry's narration is wonderful!! It makes this timeless classic fresh and entertaining! I would highly recommend it!!

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    Rachel Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 11-09-15
    Rachel Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 11-09-15 Member Since 2012

    Lover of books and fictions reads.

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    "Great Christmas Gift!"
    If you could sum up A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry in three words, what would they be?

    Spot on, Sir!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

    When the Sherlock told the poor guy who lost his goose that they ate the bird...


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

    The accents, and the 1900 Britain feel. I actually felt cold in certain moments and almost saw snow, and live in a hot country which has a temperature reading between 28 to 32 all year round.


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

    When Sherlock kicked the thief out without arresting him.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd listen to more of Tim Curry's performance.

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    K. Doerr 10-19-15
    K. Doerr 10-19-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Tim Curry is amazing in this!"

    This became an immediate Christmas classic in my house. We like it better than any of the movies.

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    Cynthia 08-05-15
    Cynthia 08-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "More Tim Curry titles are needed"

    Loved the performance! Excellent book by Dickens. My whole family enjoyed this. A nice gift from Audible.

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    Marla 05-16-15
    Marla 05-16-15
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    "great classic!"

    I have not read this one before.....have only seen movies. Loved it! Thank you Charles!

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    💖luvsPrime🌟 Phoenix, AZ 04-09-15
    💖luvsPrime🌟 Phoenix, AZ 04-09-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Best book on Audible!"

    Tim Curry breathes life into the character of Ebenezer Scrooge!
    This narration is so amazing that it is like being with the characters as the story happens. Truly the best book (for its story) and narration combination on audible.com.

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    CourtneyWNY 03-16-15
    CourtneyWNY 03-16-15

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    "Genius!"

    Tim Curry + Charles Dickens = fabulous, entertaining!! Beginning to end, a thoroughly enjoyable production!

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