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.
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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Tim Curry is always a versatile narrator. He is excellent is this audio book. Often at times adding flavor to the story with his excellent timber and cadence. The story in my honest opinion has never been told better.
I thought Tim Curry's narration of "A Christmas Carol" was spellbinding. I enjoyed every moment of the story. He brought the story to life. Excellent.
There are so many versions of A Christmas Carol in various media formats. This one works out to be a nice, easy listen and worth the time spent.
I've personally never enjoyed the written version of A Christmas Carol. For some reason I've just never gotten into the writing and I was hoping that as an audiobook it may finally catch my attention. Unfortunately Tim Curry's soothing voice only added to my boredom, and I found his attempts at a female voice grating. If you are however a fan of the story and a fan of Tim Curry then by all means purchase this audiobook. Otherwise I'd suggest saving your money and opting for the various movie productions of this classic tale.
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Tim Curry does a nice job of reading this book. But I found the original story to be too boring to stick with.
More animated narration
Was expecting a performance not a dull re-telling of the story
it could have been better. I must confess that I've read A Christmas Carol every Christmas season since I was in 6th grade nearly 20 years ago. So I'm not positive that any reading could live up to the way it sounds in my head.
I was looking forward to this one because curry does such a beautiful job in other readings (Series of Unfortunate Event books and Peter Pan) playing the humor of the narrator.
I've always read the narrator in A Christmas carol as similarly playful. Curry's reading was drier. It was a solid reading but I would have liked a narrator closer to the Muppet Christmas Carol.
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