Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Dickens lesser-known Christmas novella, The Chimes, read by the actor Geoffrey Palmer. Toby Trotty; Veck, a downtrodden ticket-porter, is struggling with a decision. Will a visitation from spirits help him see the light? Scathing, dark, but also heart-warming, The Chimes is a thought-provoking Christmas read for fans of Dickens’ social commentary.
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Public Domain (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
Sure, I enjoyed this book and don't regret the listening time. I just won't be listening to it again. To me, a three-star review doesn't mean it's a bad book, it's just... average.
I have no complaints with the narrator, but he couldn't raise this above a three-star. This is Dickens going for a not-so-subtle social commentary on poverty, of course. It's just a bit heavy-handed in this one, and I finished the story not uplifted so much as feeling I'd had a narrow escape from a very, very hopeless tale. I'm sure that's what he was going for but, really? There are so many other ways to say the same thing, and Dickens does it well in other books.
Geoffrey Palmer beats the "Dickens on Dickens" version hands down, as that rendition is over the top. At least I didn't feel I was being beaten over the head with the "hopelessness" in an already fairly bleak tale.
Sure, listen to it. It's, after all, NOT "A Christmas Carol," so if you need something different at Christmas, there's this. But I wouldn't recommend spending a credit on it, or spending full price.
This is NOT a bad book, how can Dickens ever be, really? But there's a whole helluva lot out there that is worth listening to. If you want something GREAT? Oh, DO get "Jacob T. Marley!" Now there's another, more delightful way to spend your Christmas!
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
This was a bit of a chore to listen to and seemed to push Dicken's political cause at bit too clumsily. I really wanted to like this and hoped it was a good fit with the Christmas Carol. It was okay at the start but then it just seemed to drag. The supernatural parts, which I guess were to be like Scrooge's visit by the 3 ghosts, weren't that great, to me. It just seemed to lack the same magic, which may explain why this book is not as popular as his others.
This is one of my favorite audiobooks to listen to at Christmas Time( along with Daniel Massey's reading of A Christmas Carol-sadly not yet available on Audible- Tolkien's The Father Christmas Letters read by Sir Derek Jacobi and The Christmas chapters from The Pickwick Papers as read by Patrick Tull which are available on Audible)and is actually the unabridged reading of Dicken's The Chimes.Mr.Palmer does a wonderful job of breathing life into all of the characters especially Trotty Veck .The Chimes is Dicken's second Christmas Book after A Christmas Carol and most people who enjoyed one will enjoy the other.
Author, reader, listener... interested in Great Books of the Western World, historical fiction, Victorian poetry, and some fiction.
The reader is quite talented and he reflects the richness and character of the writing. Trotty Veck is a quintessential Dickensian character. The dreams or visions that Dickens describes confused me at times, but my reading may have been too disjointed. I suggest reading this tale all at once, in front of a New Year's Eve fireplace, without stopping.
Emotional and full of lessons, Dickens instructs the reader with the words and actions of his characters. Trotty Veck (Toby) is lovable and friendly, strong, weak, and most of all, humble. He's a little bit of the good and naïveté in all of us. He reminds me of Pickwick in his gentleness and Sam Weller in his humorous philosophy. Even though he sees ghosts, there is no humbug in him. Yet he manages to display the post-conversion gratefulness and hilarity of Ebenezer in 'A Christmas Carol'.
"A right riveting read !!"
Hard to say. Must say Mr Palmer does a sterling job, and the success of an Audiobook, in reality, is determined by the Narrator. AND- I can't really imagine reading this book now without conjuring up images of Mr Palmer ! .So, therefore,after much deliberation (and beating around the bush) yes, I think the audio edition is better !!
Hard question .Alderman Cutes repulsive attitude to the poor. As with all Dickens novels-So much in common with today. And of course like Ebeneezer before him, Trottys redemption at the end.
I'm a fan of Mr Palmers anyway. As a result of reading this, I would like to hear him read more Audiobooks. A successful Narrator brings his characters to life, and as i've remarked previously, I couldn't read this book now without "seeing" Geoffrey Palmer !
ALL TROTTY COULD SEE WAS THE DARKNESS............ UNTIL HE WAS DRAGGED INTO THE LIGHT !
Great Audio-book. And as a Bonus, it's Un-Abridged !
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