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A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry | [Charles Dickens]

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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    Barbara Jacksonville, NC, United States 11-14-11
    Barbara Jacksonville, NC, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful"

    Tim Curry is an exceptional narrator - absolutely perfect for this Charles Dickens classic. The story is, of course, heartfelt & inspiring. Mr Curry's delivery is beautiful and wonderfully entertaining - a real treat to listen to any time of year.

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    Kim Wallingford, PA, United States 10-21-11
    Kim Wallingford, PA, United States 10-21-11 Listener Since 2007

    Kermi

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    "Naturally a great story"

    Who couldn't/wouldn't love this classic story.

    Tim Curry did a great job as narrarator, I'd love to hear him read more.

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    Amazon Customer 06-22-11
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    "Excellent!"

    The lyrical prose of Dickens rolls off Mr. Curry's tongue like honey, the eerie quality of intonation gives the tale a spooky quality quite in keeping with its origins. The tone invokes the smokey, foggy streets of Victorian London, and the chill of a miser's heart. A must-have for any Dickens -or- Tim Curry fan.

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    Bethany Pecoraro Bradenton, FL United States 12-20-10
    Bethany Pecoraro Bradenton, FL United States 12-20-10 Member Since 2015
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    "i really can't say enough good about this book..."

    Tim Curry, WELL DONE! This is such a familiar story to me and YET towards the end I was nearly brought to tears. What a wonderful listen for those who enjoy the beauty of this Dickens story. Tim Curry really gives it all the heart, horror and joy it deserves... a GOOD buy!

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    CatBookMom 12-20-10
    CatBookMom 12-20-10
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    "Well done!"

    Friends urged me to get this recording, and I'm glad they did. Tim Curry does an excellent job with the story, though I'd wish some of his voices were just a bit more different. If you've only watched the movie interpretations, you'll find a different aspect of the story by listening.

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    Marcie North Scituate, RI, United States 12-18-10
    Marcie North Scituate, RI, United States 12-18-10 Member Since 2011
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    ""God bless us...everyone" all year long!"

    I only wish I could give this version of "A Christmas Carol" 10 stars!! I am totally addicted to this story read by Tim Curry, and have found myself listening to it at various times of the year just for a "lift".

    The narration is superb. I've always been a fan of Tim Curry's (since his Rocky Horror days), and he doesn't disappoint with narration. Each character he reads takes on a personality of it's own, something not many readers can successfully pull off.

    This is by far my favorite audiobook of all time. The message is humbling, and the story of redemption truly inspiring. Don't just save it for the holidays, it can be enjoyed the whole year through.

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    cmlmcmillan 09-12-10
    cmlmcmillan 09-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fabulous Performance"

    This is a beautiful performance by Tim Curry. I got the book simply because it was Tim Curry and he brought the story to life in a whole new way. I enjoy this around Christmas time, but who couldn't love it any time of year? It's a fabulous story read by a wonderful actor. I highly recommend it.

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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 09-03-10
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 09-03-10 Member Since 2011
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    "A classic you have to read if you haven't already."

    Everyone knows the story, but not everyone knows Dickens's actual telling of it. It is achingly well written, as humorous and touching and haunting as everything Dickens writes. Tim Curry's read is excellent, as one would expect. There's not much reason to expound--if it's Christmas, listen to this with the family as you visit relatives and see the Christmas lights.

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    RKR Georgia 05-27-10
    RKR Georgia 05-27-10 Member Since 2007

    Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan

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    "Tim Curry!"

    An excellent nugget of Christmas spirit. This Unabridged performance of Charles Dickens' novel is bound to be a part of my annual Christmas celebration. I teach this novel to 7th graders, and hearing Tim Curry perform Scrooge is a treat. Nicely produced.

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    Jerri 05-23-10
    Jerri 05-23-10
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    "Great Christmas Gift"

    Audible offered this recording to members as a Christmas gift in 2009, and I want to say Many Thanks! A very enjoyable preformance of a Christmas Classic.

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