Tom Baker reads Charles Dickens' timeless seasonal story.
Charles Dickens' story of solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by the three ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, has become one of the timeless classics of English literature. First published in 1843, it introduces us not only to Scrooge himself but also to the memorable characters of underpaid desk clerk Bob Cratchit and his poor family, the poorest amongst whom is the ailing and crippled Tiny Tim.
In this new recording, Tom Baker delivers a tour-de-force performance as he narrates the story. The listener joins Scrooge on Christmas Eve, witnesses the visitation of Marley's ghost, and is given a glimpse of the many homes and lives which Scrooge has touched in his wretched life to date. This ultimately uplifting tale is a festive delight to be treasured and listened to again and again.
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"A Christmas Clasic"
I will listen to this again, at Christmas time. A classic tale read by such an renowned English actor.
A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas. It has, at times, the same lyrical quality. A kind of poetic rhyme that is evocative and descriptive all at once.
Tom Baker has such a lovely tone to his voice. He acts the various characters well throughout the book.
Several, I love the classic well know lines that have grown beyond the book. For example 'God bless us, everyone!' but their is also enough descriptive content to hold your interest even if you've previously read the book, or you are familiar with the story.
A great find. Well recorded voice from a world renowned actor. What's not to like!
"A Christmas Classic"
The right person to read this book, his voice is perfect
Loved listening to this book, it was read brilliantly and captured my imagination wonderfully
"A Christmas Cracker"
Tom Baker does justice to Dickens' Christmas masterpiece. The pace zips along and the quality of the writing shines through. I really recommend this to you!
What a great story told again. This is a great version read by Tom Baker, whose voice adds to the ambience of the time. Still a spooky story, even by today's standards and a must have to add to your collection.
"Worthy Of the Great Writer Himself"
Is there ever a more obvious and perfect match: Tom Baker and Dickens?
From a purely auditory level Tom Baker is ideally suited to the exquisitely wrought language that Dickens is rightly famed for; his deep resonant voice wraps around the lengthy sentences with velvety, consummate, ease. Each character is perfectly performed, each descriptive sentence is delivered with verve.
Even better this reading benefits from a select choice of incidental music and sound effects. The production uses these wisely, if perhaps too sparingly, and they add a real depth and drama to proceedings that elevate it beyond the more staid talking book format we're used to. I only hope this becomes the norm for audiobooks.
A marvellous release that any fan of Dickens, or Baker, or good audiobooks, should own.
Pick out andI read a couple of chapters every Christmas time. To yer Tom Baker read it this yer was hauntingly wonderful.
"Spooks in the night. Christmas Carol"
Everyone knows this novel! It is the famous Christmas Carol. I think that the narrator really tells it well. With a spooky voice or a fast pace. A picture forms, so when I close my eyes, I feel like I am there watching every move.
Scrooge, the main character, is a horrible, not merry at all person. Everything will change for him, after one night. It wont be a “BA HUMBUG” in anything. Any more…
"excellent reading of an excellent story"
Dickens' writing is magnificent, and the reading only helps enhance its quality and bring the story to life. Full marks!
Very festive but found voice actor a little boring. Also didn't like the sound effects, but did get me in the mood.
Tom Baker is excellent in this version of 'A Christmas Carol'. He brings the story to life and it was a pleasure to listen to.
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