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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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    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 12-11-09
    Jean 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    12/28/10
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    "A superb audiobook"

    Tim Curry's narration of this timeless classic is simply brilliant.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chriss Stringer
    6/6/10
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    "BRILLIANT"

    It sounds a bit cheesy to say it but this was brilliant. Curry has brilliant tone in his narration and the story passes easy to the ear. You may think you know this story - but how well I would ask? I had never actually read the book but knew the story from TV adaptations. They do not do it justice. I saw the 3D movie Christmas 2009 and then downloaded this free book and was so pleased I did. I think you will not only be pleased you did, but start to wonder about other Dickens novels as well - I know I did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr David Newton
    12/17/09
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Rotherham, United Kingdom
    12/16/09
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Woking, United Kingdom
    12/23/11
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • nicole
    United Kingdom
    12/26/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Su
    England
    11/15/12
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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Super Carrot
    London, United Kingdom
    3/4/11
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    "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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hoerbuch-fan
    1/27/16
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    "Great"

    This is great, I'm writing a test review to see what happens when I post this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farniboy
    Wirral, UK
    12/9/15
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    "Slightly biased review, its my favourite story!"
    Would you listen to A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

    A wonderful performance by Tim Curry bought this production to life!


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favourite?

    Scrooge!The he way he turns from mean old skint flint to Christmas personified is wonderful!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The end of the book always has me filling up. Especially where he sets out righting the wrongs of his life.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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