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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My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Those are all things I was surprised to find here in the text of this book. Other surprising things included 'black swan' and 'smoking bishop.' Every time I read this book I am surprised by things I had forgotten were in there and by how much richer it is than any of the film versions. Tim Curry does a phenomenal job bringing this text to life. One other thing I noticed this time around is that Scrooge is much younger than I am used to thinking of him. There are certain clues that he may be as young as 40 and certainly not older than 50.
You're going to have to listen to more books read by Tim Curry now. Excellent presentation of an old classic.
During my four-hour drive through a snowy landscape yesterday, this was the perfect story to listen to. Tim Curry's excellent narration made the classic tale come to life. I enjoyed it. Thank you, Audible.
Everyone knows the story of A Christmas Carol, but I admit I had never read the original. Most of the story I knew came from Mickey's Christmas Carol or Scrooged. I was a little surprised at how effective, and sometimes scary, the story was. I was also pleasantly surprised that even though the themes and memes of the story have been run into the ground by now, they didn't seem at all cliched upon listening to the original (apparently, listen to Dickens has me using the word 'upon').
Tim Curry does a great job. Even though he uses essentially the same voice for most of the characters, a few of them, particularly Marley's ghost and the Ghost of Christmas Past, were extremely effective.
If you have an Audible account I can't see any reason why you wouldn't download and listen to this tale.
So, of course, around Christmastime when this novel came out, I thought it would be fun to listen to, since I hadn't read the book itself in a very long time. And WOW, this listen is fantastic! Tim Curry is a master reader and does amazing voices for all the characters. I loved it and I would *highly* recommend this book for anyone who loves Charles Dickens and/or Christmas :)
I probably read Dickens's A Christmas Carol when I was a child, but after seeing so many different film versions, like everyone else, it was hard to remember what I had read and what I remembered from a cartoon or old classic movie or Muppets version. So this was a good time to revisit the original.
A Christmas Carol is a short book- very short by Dickens standards. Dickens makes the most of his gift for language in bringing Ebenezer Scrooge alive in all his misanthropic glory, condemning the heartlessness of Victorian England, and rallying the sentiments of his readers by invoking the image of Tiny Tim's crutches leaning alone in a corner.
I like Dickens but have often critized him for padding his stories out. Not so in this one, and A Christmas Carol is a fun, sentimental read. It may not quite have the epic majesty or breadth of social critique in Dickens's longer works, but it's no less a Dickens work, and there's no excuse for anyone not to partake of the original.
Definitely one of my favorite Dickens, and not just because it's so short!
Tim Curry's narration was perfect: his deep, rich voice made the reading pleasant, and his rendition of Scrooge was exactly as I might picture the old miser sounding, This is a good book to make a Christmas listening tradition.
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Because everyone knows this story whether from reading it or seeing one of the 100's of movies based on this book I will just be reviewing the audiobook version I listened to narrated by, Tim Curry. I must admit to being a huge Tim Curry fan I will watch anything if he has a role in it so when I found this audiobook at audible I had to get it. I was not disappointed!
Tim Curry’s narration is absolute perfection ‘nuff said!
I own close to 500 audiobooks, and this is one of the most well-performed. It is easy to presume that this is a very light story, because it has become so mainstream that one does not take it that seriously. However, how many of us in adulthood have taken the time to really read (listen) to the original Christmas Carol? It is very well-written, but what really brings it to life is Tim Curry's reading. I think he should narrate every audible book.
Tim Curry not only captured the flavor of Dickens but transported me to the time and place. I felt I was right there with the characters. What a treat to hear a truly memorable performance!
"A superb audiobook"
Tim Curry's narration of this timeless classic is simply brilliant.
"Thank you Audible"
Many thanks to Audible for this kind gift. Dickens great story is wonderfully brought to life as Tim Curry readies us for Christmas.
I cried in all the appropriate places as Dickens conjoured up his wonderful familiar characters.
Tim Curry reads well, with the exception of his characterisation of Mrs Cratchet which was a little odd. But now I am being picky and Scroogelike. Forgive me.
Thanks Audible. God Bless you every one.
"Excellent naration of a well loved tale"
Thankyou Audible for this free book, loved every minute of it. Tim Curry really brought it to life and got me in the Christmas mood. His voices to the characters made it more so.
"Great story, wonderously told"
Listening to this fabulous story in its entirety took me back to my childhood! Tim Curry's performance is superb. The voices true to the characters with passion and humour abound. A perfect way to start the Christmas season!
"a classic narrated superbly"
I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Tim Curry, but having received a version with Tom Baker I originally decided not to go through with my order for this.
I listened to the Baker version and was truly disappointed. I have always found that the words of this story stand by themselves with no need for the assistance of mood music and sound effects. The inclusion of which spoilt the Tom Baker narration for me so this week I went for this one.
I started listening, hoping that the same thing had not been done; and to my relief I found it was a clean narration, with good pronunciation.
This is a superbly narrated classic and well worth your consideration. I am so incredibly happy that I purchased this.
"It was very good"
I've seen the story too many times on TV and hate the story, but some how this was really good. I don't know how but the TV adaptations are just cheesy, but this was emotionally engaging, I think because it was the story as told by Charles Dickens and not reinterpreted it was able to keep closer to its original meanings and flavours. It made the story actually fun again. Scrooge has come to mean miserliness when, if the story is effective (as I believe this one is) it should mean generosity and benevolence.
"The Ultimate Christmas Tale"
This audiobook of "A Christmas Carol" is told with great appeal by Tim Curry. This is arguably Dickens' most famous and popular novella, and listening to the original audiobook for the first time, shows it to be superior to the many versions that have appeared on either film or television.
Dickens shows why he is considered one of the greatest authors to have lived, with beautiful descriptive prose and imagery, classic characters and many underlying themes. This is a wonderful Christmas story on the surface, but scratch a little deeper, and you will be exposed to many subtle themes that held resonance with Dickens himself.
"Fantastic reading by Tim Curry"
Entertaining from start to finish. Tim has such a great voice and uses it to best effect. I recommend this book
"A classic and free."
Not much I can say about this story as everyone will know it well so I will just say the narrator was excellent and the audio quality was good.
"my fave Christmas story"
this is my fave Christmas story always worth reading or listening to no matter what
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