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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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Public Domain(P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Jenna 03-15-14
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    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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    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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    Karyn 02-15-14
    Karyn 02-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "WHO DOESN'T LIKE DICKENS"

    Again, the book is better than the movie. The word pictures and the series of events is better. I liked this also, not better, but as good as the movie with some things different from the movie.

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    Janae Pearland, Texas, United States 02-04-14
    Janae Pearland, Texas, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2012

    I love to travel and train dogs. I can't seem to find the time to sit down and read so I listen while I'm on my way to...well...anywhere!

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    "A Wonderful Christmas Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


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

    When Mr. Scrooge really laughed for the 1st time.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Empathy in the voices of the characters.


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    Michael 01-24-14
    Michael 01-24-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm having a bromance with coffee!

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

    I could sum up Tim Curry's performance with these three words: Classy, Rich, and Smart! He did an outstanding job bringing this classic story to life.


    What other book might you compare A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to and why?

    I don't usually listen to this genre of books, so I have none to compare it to.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Tim was spot on throughout the read. His accent was wonderful. His vocal mannerisms added to each character.


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

    I laughed many times while listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Since the book was free at Christmas, it was a no-brainer. I'm glad that I took the time to listen to this book!

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    Celia 01-08-14
    Celia 01-08-14
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    "Classic for all ages"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to be better than the print version?

    I believe that they are very comparable but the audio edition is perfect for this story. It gives it a magical and fairy tale like quality .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the Ghost of Christmas past and the nephew of Mr. Scrooge, Fred.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene where Scrooge with the Ghost of Christmas present visit Scrooge's nephew,Fred, Christmas party.


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

    I was particularly moved when the story focus on the Cratchit


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this edition of Christmas Carol.

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    Mary San Jose, CA, United States 01-04-14
    Mary San Jose, CA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It's a wonderful classic that is made infinitely better by the fantastic Tim Curry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Fred, Scrooge's nephew. I like his good nature and determination.


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

    Everything? I can honestly say he's the reason I bought the book and probably the reason I finished it.


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

    Neither, perhaps because I've seen so many incarnations of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic classic. I'm no Dickens fan, but it was well worth reading this.

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 01-01-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 01-01-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Expressive reading of a Classic"

    I read this story every year at Christmas and I really like this version. Tim Curry brings the well-known story to life through his expressive reading and the voices he uses for the characters, particularly Scrooge himself.

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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 12-30-13
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 12-30-13

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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

    I would put it in the middle, something I would come back and listen to next Christmas.


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

    I know the story from the many retellings done, but my favorite part is always when Scrooge wakes up Christmas morning and buys the big Turkey for the Cratchits!


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

    Scrooge. The story gives you so much more than any movies and Scrooge is a very believable person who because of slights caused him in his early days becomes a miser and distrusts everyone but money. When the spirits show him what this has done to his life he realizes that not everyone is mean spirited and out to cheat him and he becomes a dear old man. What's not to love?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Oh, please, so many versions of this story. Tag line: It's never too late!


    Any additional comments?

    I am still wanting to listen to Patrick Stewart's version of this story to compare them but I really enjoyed this wonderful story told by Tim Curry!

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    Troy 12-23-13
    Troy 12-23-13

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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    "New Life for a Classic"

    One of the most timeless stories ever written, performed with finesse by a truly great narrator. It's been the better part of 3 decades since I last read this. It was a true joy to revisit it after so many movie versions. Tim Curry's personal style lends so much power and character to this great work that, at least for me, it was as new as it was familiar. It's easy to see why this performance kicked off Audible's Signature Performance line.

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