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A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry | [Charles Dickens]

A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Nanci San Jose, CA, United States 12-11-09
    Nanci San Jose, CA, United States 12-11-09
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    "Superb story and reading!"

    Although I've known the story of "A Christmas Carol" since I was a child, my knowledge of it came mostly from Mr Magoo and Disney; I had never actually read the book until now. This audio reading was a special treat: The story itself is excellent in all its descriptive detail, and Tim Curry does an outstanding job as the reader. There were many times I had to remind myself that all the characters were 'played' by one actor. Highly recommend listening to this book!

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 12-14-09
    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 12-14-09
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    "Great reading!"

    Tim Curry is one of the last people I would have thought of in connection with "A Christmas Carol": my image of him is more the snivelling villain type, a kind of Uriah Heep. To my surprise, he does a bang-up job. The narration is clear and well-paced, and the characters are all given distinctive voices. Curry's reading of Scrooge himself is one of the best I've heard; and his Marley wheezes and gasps like a real ghost. (Not that I've ever actually encountered one outside this story.) Small things matter too: the five "staves" of the tale are labelled as such rather than being turned into "chapters" as on some other recordings.

    I've built quite a collection of performances and adaptations of this tale over the years, starting with Mr Magoo. This version will definitely be one of the ones I return to in future.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Susannah McBride Raleigh, NC USA 12-20-09
    Susannah McBride Raleigh, NC USA 12-20-09

    Wordsmith Jen

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    "Thank You!"

    I'm already a fan of Charles Dickens, and of A Christmas Carol--unabridged edition. The whole book has so much heart and detail that can never fit into even the best movie version. I'm also a big fan of other readings of this book. But Tim Curry did a wonderful job. His rattling voice of Jacob Marley is not to be missed, plus he brought out the humorous parts very well. Thank you, Audible, for this wonderful gift!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 12-23-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 12-23-12

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Can't Imagine a December without Ebenezer Scrooge"

    I absolutely love Dickens. This is one of those stories where it has moved almost into the soul and center of Christmas. Dickens' style is sharp, his wit is evident, and the story flows like a crisp, step waterfall. I could imagine a December without Ebenezer Scrooge, like I could imagine a December without lights, peppermint, Nativity scenes or Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas'. This was the first year I shared the story with my kids and they enjoyed it as much as I did.

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    Philip Youngstown, OH, USA 12-08-09
    Philip Youngstown, OH, USA 12-08-09
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    "Get This!"

    You have heard this story a thousand times before but you have not truly heard the story until you listen to Tim Curry. He is a genius. Get this book for the holiday season!

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    Alia Rochester, MI, United States 12-11-09
    Alia Rochester, MI, United States 12-11-09
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    "Wonderful!!!"

    I'll admit I was a bit skeptical about whether or not I would enjoy such an oft-told literary classic (and I have heard disappointing versions before), but Tim Curry's fantastic narration grabbed me right from the first minute and didn't let go until the end! The emotions of the characters and Dickens' humorous wit really come through in his compelling rendition. I didn't pause it once from start to finish. I laughed, I cried (well, just a little!), and I enjoyed it completely. Recommended!!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Winterrowd Bluffton, IN USA 12-22-09
    Alan Winterrowd Bluffton, IN USA 12-22-09

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    "A classic story read with joy"

    While there are a myriad of TV and movie versions of this wonderful tale, most eliminate the darker and more thoughtful parts of the story. Hearing it read in its entirety, and by a favorite actor of mine, is truly a joy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mardie Casper, WY, USA 12-16-09
    Mardie Casper, WY, USA 12-16-09
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    "A Christmas Carol"

    Tim Curry is a fabulous reader. I thoroughly enjoyed his rendition of the timeless story!

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    Linda Seattle, WA, United States 12-13-09
    Linda Seattle, WA, United States 12-13-09
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    "Riveting!"

    I've been completely enthralled by this audio book. It is so well done as to feel much more like a dramatic production than a simple narration. I'm not a great fan of Tim Curry normally, but his portrayals of Dicken's characters is full-hearted and spot-on (but not over the top or in any way goofy, which is what I had feared). Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda UT 12-23-12
    Melinda UT 12-23-12

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    "Often Copied--Never Bettered"

    Like setting the star on top the tree, Christmas is complete when we've heard at least some version of Dickens's A Christmas Carol -- and as much as I've enjoyed every one of the many homages to Dicken's Carol, (from Alastair Sim to Mr. Magoo to Bill Murray to Scrooge McDuck) nothing warms the cockles like the original icy Scrooge..."tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner, hard and sharp as flint"... without Mr. Scrooge, there is something missing in Christmas. "Marley was dead..." those opening lines send shivers of memories and delight through me each year I hear them anew. Stupendous production, Curry's expressive and distinctive voice alone is an ensemble; for 3 1/2 hours I was as mesmerized as the first time I read the story. Dickens is always a favorite, but perhaps at his wisest and timeless best here.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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