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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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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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.
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.
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".
Get this book and enjoy the story again, or really for the first time.
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Spot on, Sir!
When the Sherlock told the poor guy who lost his goose that they ate the bird...
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.
When Sherlock kicked the thief out without arresting him.
I'd listen to more of Tim Curry's performance.
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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