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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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!
Reading Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" was a Christmas tradition that fell by the way side while I was in college. Tim Kerry's rich and versatile reading was a joy to the ear. The performance brought a deeper understanding and appreciation of the story.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
I couldn't finish this version and dashed over and bought the Simon Vance narration. Get a version that suits your tastes. This one, alas, did not suit mine
Well, I certainly didn't get a chance to like any female characters. Tim Curry, while having an extraordinary voice, simply cannot deliver female characterizations: it made the story unbearably difficult to listen to, even though there aren't many females in the story.
His rhythm and tone just didn't suit me. And I couldn't help it, but there's one part where Scrooge says, "Oh, Spirit!" and Curry delivers it as though he's still in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. ("Ohh, SPIriiit!"). It became laughable.
As I said, I couldn't finish this version
This is a virtuoso performance, I'm sure. They've told me. Plus, Tim Curry has an amazing voice. But really. I'm heading off to listen to Simon Vance right now...!
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.
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There is no better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than A Christmas Carol, listening to Dicken's original novel is so much better than many of the screen adaptations. His descriptions delight and Tim Curry's reading is wonderful.I am so happy that I purchased this and have already recommended it to family and friends! I will listen every year or whenever I need to remember what is most important in life!
"Slightly biased review, its my favourite story!"
Absolutely. I try and read the book every Christmas. I loved it as a child and I'm now enjoying reading the book to my sons.
A wonderful performance by Tim Curry bought this production to life!
Scrooge!The he way he turns from mean old skint flint to Christmas personified is wonderful!
The end of the book always has me filling up. Especially where he sets out righting the wrongs of his life.
I've waited to listen to this book for nearly 12 months! It was worth the wait. I can see that listening to this brilliant production will be an annual event on the run up to Christmas!
"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
"My favourite story's"
This is one of my favourite story's of all time and to have Tim Curry reading it made it all the better. Could and will listen to it over and over again 👍👍
"Very Good Read"
I thought that Tim Curry did a very good job. Charles Dickens was a very good author.
"Excellent narration of a classis"
We listened to this as a family while driving 8 hours to Scotland for Christmas. It made the miles pass quickly and made the kids put down Nintendo's for a change.
Really enjoyed it and will listen again in the future.
"A fantastic version of a yearly read..."
I absolutely love this book, but what I'm reviewing, really, is the audio recording. Tim Curry was the main selling point for me as there are cheaper versions I had listened to before. It is WELL worth the extra few quid, as Curry's voice lends itself well to bringing Dickens alive. If you're a stranger to dickens, this is the way in, a great place to start, and a fantastic version. :-)
An excellent gift from Audible/Amazon. Characters were performed brilliantly as one might expect, though TC struggled with the narrative, I felt, so that it felt like a chap reading it rather than the narrator of a story giving it voice from his own imagination or recollection. Complaining though seems churlish and against the spirit of the book, however I empathise with the early Scrooge so.....Baah humbug!
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