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A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version] Audiobook

A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]

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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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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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    Oriana 07-19-16
    Oriana 07-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "300+ listens"

    One of my favorite books by my favorite narrator. I listen to it every night while I fall asleep. I would listen to Jim Dale read cereal boxes though.

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    LovelyMyeya Atlanta, GA 04-15-16
    LovelyMyeya Atlanta, GA 04-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my absolute faves!!!"

    I listen to this story over and over again and it still keeps me entertained!!!

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    Literary D. Vice 02-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This is the ONLY version I will listen to"

    I have heard half a dozen readings of A Christmas Carol by different people. Neil Gaiman for the New York Public Library, Tim Curry for Audible, my own dad for a few years but the Jim Dale reading is so right and so rich that I have lost my ability to hear this story told by others without comparing the performance to Dale's.
    It is not the character voices that sell it but the deft handling of Dickens' occasional literary flourishes and the bringing to life of flat metaphors or turns of phrase that are easily missed or quickly passed over in favor of more active passages.
    I am glad to yearly let this ghostly little book haunt my house pleasantly and smile with each listen.

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    Proud Nerd New York, NY 01-18-16
    Proud Nerd New York, NY 01-18-16
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    "Dickens's "Christmas Carol." Jim Dale reading."

    Enough said. This was a perfect delight - whether it is a holiday season or not.

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    Nancy & Greg Florida, USA 01-02-16
    Nancy & Greg Florida, USA 01-02-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Best recorded version of all"

    I've listened to Jim Dale's rendition of "A Christmas Carol" countless times since it was first published. His awesome voice brings a unique sound to each character, Ebeneezer Scrooge in particular. This is a flawless production that should be high on the listening list of any Dickens fan.

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    Bruce Dimon Post Falls, Idaho USA 12-22-15
    Bruce Dimon Post Falls, Idaho USA 12-22-15
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    "Great unabridged narration by Jim Dale"

    This is my favorite book and Jim Dale brings it to life. The movies do not get the story or the characters right.

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    akovac1981 12-13-15
    akovac1981 12-13-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Was expecting better"

    I purchased this book because I love the story. It's tradition to watch and read a Christmas Carol every December. When I saw that Jim Dale was narrating this book I got all excited because his narration in the Harry Potter Series was phenomenal (a all time favorite).
    I was disappointed though. Not because I thought Jim Dale did a poor job, as a matter a fact he's still superb I'm my book. My problem was the character voices given and Jim's style. All I could hear were the characters from the Harry Potter Series. Scrooges voice sounded like Sirius Black and others could easily be compared to other characters from the Harry Potter Series.
    I would've given more stars but I just couldn't get past the narration. I'm sorry Jim Dale, I love you and your work but this just didn't work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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