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A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version] | [Charles Dickens]

A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]

This is Jim Dale's incomparable telling of the beloved A Christmas Carol, a "little book," as Charles Dickens himself called it, which has been treasured by generations since December of 1843. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled as they meet for the first time, or are reunited with, that miser of all misers, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge.
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Publisher's Summary

This is Jim Dale's incomparable telling of the beloved A Christmas Carol, a "little book," as Charles Dickens himself called it, which has been treasured by generations since December of 1843. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled as they meet for the first time, or are reunited with, that miser of all misers, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge; his cheerful and long-suffering assistant, Bob Cratchit; Scrooge's mysterious visitors on a wintry Christmas Eve, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future; and the other characters in the timeless story which is sure to touch a chord in all of us.

Let a master reader beguile you with this universal reminder of what the holiday season can and should mean in this unique production of Dickens' classic and ever-timely tale.

©1965, 1986 Bantam Books; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of The Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Classics, 2005

"The versatile British actor’s performance of Scrooge as he discovers that his body is left abandoned on a denuded bedstead is as raw and real as when the classic tale was written in the closing weeks of 1843. Dale makes us believe in the Scrooge whose spark has been quenched and carries us along as we watch the various spirits blow the ashes into embers, and the embers into a merry blaze of timeless Christmas cheer." (AudioFile)

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    a mom 08-09-05
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    "Excellent"

    Excellent narration. Jim Dale is the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rune Roskilde, Denmark 12-04-04
    Rune Roskilde, Denmark 12-04-04 Member Since 2006
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    "Best christmas story ever"

    This clasic christmas carol, has been thrilling people for over a century. And it is surely, a masterpiece of a fairytale. The story of the old greedy mr. Scrooge who gets a visit from three spirits. is surely a carol that will never die and never grow to old to read.

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    Kalepa Ta Kala 01-17-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent!"

    I found this version of "A Christmas Carol" to be very well done. The reader breaths life into the sometimes meandering prose of Dickens. Also, I found that this well-done classic really helped me get into the Christmas spirit this season. My small children did find it a bit difficult to listen to in the car. But that is more the fault of Dicken's writing style than the reader's. I have recommended this version to all my friends for next Christmas!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Three greats combined!"

    With a wonderful story, compelling author and superb narrator, this is a perfect choice for renewing ones enthusiasm for life and goodwill toward others. It's also simply a great listen.

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    Kaye 08-24-14
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    "Jim Dale RULES!"

    Read on December 20, 2013


    A perfect rendition of a classic Christmas story which kept me entertained on my drive home for the holidays. Jim Dale is and will remain my favorite audiobook narrator of all time. Though, it's hard to get out of the world of Harry Potter whenever I hear him, and I recognized some of the voices/accents he used in the HP books. But it didn't detract from the story---in fact, it added to it because it gave A Christmas Carol a totally new dimension for me as I imagined it taking place in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Livermore, CA, United States 01-19-14
    Kelly Livermore, CA, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Part time artist - Like to listen to audiobooks when I am working and creating.

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    "It's jim dale...need I say more!"
    What did you love best about A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]?

    A Christmas carol is one of my all time favorite stories add to that Jim dales narration and I absolutely loved it.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    I just love Jim Dale. His narrations are always so entertaining


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    brian 11-27-13
    brian 11-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "No humbug here."
    Where does A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not sure where to rank it honestly.


    What other book might you compare A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version] to and why?

    I can find none.


    What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voices and excellent narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A great version of a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Donath LaFayette, NY USA 01-08-13
    K. Donath LaFayette, NY USA 01-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Jim Dale doing Christmas Carol? Yeah, I'm there"

    Listen, don't mess with A Christmas Carol - just read it and Dickens will do all the rest. No retelling, no special gimmick - just give it do me in an English accent. I loved Dale in the Harry Potter series, and he does a great job here. There are times when I hear Dobby the house elf, but that's okay, he does a great job with the spirits and Scrooge. So enjoy Christmas and have a go with this edition, you won't regret it.

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    Bonnie United States 01-06-13
    Bonnie United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Always a good holiday read."
    If you could sum up A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version] in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the read.


    What other book might you compare A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version] to and why?

    I've just listened to "A Tale of Two Cities" at this point. I would not chose to compare.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Remorse & determination to change Schrooge felt as the lessons the spirits revealed became clear.


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

    Was well entertained. Experienced moments of humor, sadness, sympathy and joy.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Gleesda 12-25-12
    Gleesda 12-25-12
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    "Great Version"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version] to be better than the print version?

    Jim Dale has a hypnotic voice that puts you into the story from the very beginning, and leaves you wanting more at the end.


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