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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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.
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!
When Mr. Scrooge really laughed for the 1st time.
Empathy in the voices of the characters.
I'm having a bromance with coffee!
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.
I don't usually listen to this genre of books, so I have none to compare it to.
Tim was spot on throughout the read. His accent was wonderful. His vocal mannerisms added to each character.
I laughed many times while listening to this book.
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!
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 .
I enjoyed the Ghost of Christmas past and the nephew of Mr. Scrooge, Fred.
I enjoyed the scene where Scrooge with the Ghost of Christmas present visit Scrooge's nephew,Fred, Christmas party.
I was particularly moved when the story focus on the Cratchit
I would highly recommend this edition of Christmas Carol.
Absolutely. It's a wonderful classic that is made infinitely better by the fantastic Tim Curry.
Probably Fred, Scrooge's nephew. I like his good nature and determination.
Everything? I can honestly say he's the reason I bought the book and probably the reason I finished it.
Neither, perhaps because I've seen so many incarnations of it.
Fantastic classic. I'm no Dickens fan, but it was well worth reading this.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
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.
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.
I would put it in the middle, something I would come back and listen to next Christmas.
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!
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?
Oh, please, so many versions of this story. Tag line: It's never too late!
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!
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!
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.
I HATE the classics, really not a big fan. I find the writing and language difficult to follow and usually end up giving up not finishing them if I even try them at all (which is more likely the case). We all know this story though (and love it) and I thought I would give this a try as it is the season, though I was nervous as I know my history with them. Tim Curry's performance makes this one enjoyable which is a great complement coming from me. I still had a hard following some of the language at times but am really glad I did this. I actually finished it! Happy Christmas and highly recommended!
I absolutely would and will. I have always been a fan of "A Christmas Carol". One of my favorite passtime of mine during the Holidays is to read it etc. In fact for many years (sadly it has ended) KTAR-a radio station in my state- would put on a live radio broadcast of it and many local celebrities and news anchors would perform the roles and I was lucky enough to be apart of it thanks to our dear family friend. Such a fun tradition. Anyway, yes I would and will listen to it again. It is a timeless classic that never gets old and is one of the best Christmas traditions!
My absolute favorite thing about "A Christmas Carol" is Charles Dickens' way with the English language. His use of language and descriptive words as a means to tell a tale and set a scene are, dare I say, better than or at least comparable to William Shakespeare. With "A Christmas Carol", you cannot help but get lost in the story. It immerses you and you feel the cold, see the fog of London, you can taste the meals practically. Some of the most brilliant literature around!
I have been a fan of Tim Curry for YEARS now. He is as brilliant as ever narrating this and I cannot believe he doesn't have more awards and accolades-particularly where his brilliant voice-over work is concerned. He brings such charm, drama, and a sparkling brilliance to this narration. Let's start with the way he so effortlessly will be narrating, than slip into a character voice for a line/scene/dialogue and back to his narrating voice again. He just makes everything he does so effortless. That is one thing you would not get just reading it by itself is characterization and voicing. The way he makes macabre words sound macabre, the way he describes what the characters are seeing and feeling, he makes you feel like you were there and has an amazing way of bringing new life to this classic. The way he voices each spirit sends shivers up my spine, it's so breathtaking. His voice is so perfect, clear, crisp, articulate, deep, smooth. Just absolute velvet! I really just cannot imagine anyone else narrating this story!
As corny as it sounds I really just cannot think of a better way to some up the story or what the feeling of Christmas means. For me the tag line would be: "Keep Christmas in your heart". Short and sweet.
I just highly recommend this audiobook! You will not regret it and it is something you and your family can snuggle up and enjoy listening to all the rest of the Holiday season and many Holidays to come. A timeless treat given even more brilliance as narrated by a timeless legend. What could be better? Merry Christmas!
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