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.
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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!
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.
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!
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 :)
"A wonderful free Christmas gift"
I loved Tim Curry's humorous and enthusiastic narration of this classic. I don't think anyone needs me to review this well known tale but just to let everyone who follows my reviews that this is currently a free gift available from Amazon local until 30th Dec 2014 and I'd highly recommend it.1, go to Amazon then click on today's deals (in thin black writing at the top of the page), 2, Go to the section for Amazon Local Deals nearer the bottom of the page and locate the offer Free Voucher Free Audiobook of 'A Christmas Carol' Narrated by Tim Curr... and click to get the voucher and then redeem it to get the book. Don't try to get this from the Audible site as you'll probably be charged.
Thanks Audible, great gift.
"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!
"A classic, performed well"
Tim Curry brings this classic alive. Short and sweet. Thanks audible! (It was a gift to us subscribers)
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