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A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry Audiobook

A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

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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.

Publisher's Summary

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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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 07-24-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "Rhinoceros, Laocoon, Spontaneous Combustion"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 01-27-14
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2016

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "Yes, I'm Giving Tim Curry Only Three Stars..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Was A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry worth the listening time?

    As I said, I couldn't finish this version


    Any additional comments?

    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...!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Carmichael, CA, United States 12-17-09
    William Carmichael, CA, United States 12-17-09
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    "Great Dickens"

    This is as good as an audio book gets. Great story, well read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 12-11-09
    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 12-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Tim Curry!"

    You're going to have to listen to more books read by Tim Curry now. Excellent presentation of an old classic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Pittsburgh, PA USA 12-11-09
    Kindle Customer Pittsburgh, PA USA 12-11-09 Member Since 2011
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    "thank you"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Herndon, VA, USA 12-11-09
    Joe Herndon, VA, USA 12-11-09
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    "What's to complain about, it's free!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer Estacada, Oregon 01-06-15 Member Since 2013

    Todd W. Brown

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    "Make it an annual listen."

    This audible title is a must for every Christmas season. It does not take long, and it is so worth the time. Yes, it is a classic, but Tim Curry's narration of the audio book version can't be missed. I will make this an annual event; perfect to enjoy during holiday baking.

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    Malena United States 12-30-14
    Malena United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Not to be missed"

    Even if you think you know this story- which we all do- you should listen to this version read by Tim Curry. He is simply wonderful. I plan to alternate listening to this with Alan Cummings reading of The Blue Carbuncle (Sherlock Holmes) for a new Christmas tradition.

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    Ellie New york, Ny, United States 05-17-12
    Ellie New york, Ny, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing listen--Tim Curry Rocks"

    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 :)

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    David 12-25-11
    David 12-25-11 Member Since 2012

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    "An ideal way to experience the original"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Robert
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    5/22/15
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    "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.

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  • IT Guy
    Nice, France
    4/27/15
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    "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

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  • Darren - UK
    2/9/15
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    "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.

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  • Sweetestmoondust
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    "my fave Christmas story"

    this is my fave Christmas story always worth reading or listening to no matter what

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  • angela
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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 👍👍

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • POS
    County Cork, Ireland
    4/13/13
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    "Very Good Read"

    I thought that Tim Curry did a very good job. Charles Dickens was a very good author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    1/19/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morgan Hughes
    Birmingham, England
    12/23/12
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    "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. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Lisbellaw, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "HoHoHo"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    6/17/12
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    "A classic, performed well"

    Tim Curry brings this classic alive. Short and sweet. Thanks audible! (It was a gift to us subscribers)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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