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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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    PeachPecan South Georgia, USA 09-25-12
    PeachPecan South Georgia, USA 09-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jim Dale takes a favorite classic to a new level. Excellent voice work on an excellent tale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]?

    Always a favorite of mine, Scrooge in his pre-reformation self saying about the poor & infirm, "If they are going to die, then let them die and decrease the surplus population." This line says so much about Scrooge's character, and gives a glimpse of just how far, so far this human being has to go to become the Scrooge at the end of the book.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Having just finished the "Harry Potter" series prior to the Christmas season, I kept seeing the characters I had created in my mind from the Potter books in the roles of "A Christmas Carol." But Jim Dale's work makes this book truly come alive.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dickens meets Harry Potter's narrator, and what a wonderful world!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Springfield, MO, United States 01-24-12
    Amy Springfield, MO, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Yea! Well done."
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. I've never heard an audio edition of A Christmas Carol that I really enjoyed before.


    Any additional comments?

    I lost my print edition of A Christmas Carol, and it is a must read for me every Christmas. Jim Dale is one of my favorite audio book performers, so I was thrilled when I found this audio version of the story. Good stuff!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary H. Halvorson Portland, Oregon USA 01-11-12
    Mary H. Halvorson Portland, Oregon USA 01-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Make your Christmas perfect!"

    Jim Dale has an uncanny ability to be multiple characters while delivering a classic story and making it come alive. If you have never listened to A Christmas Carol make this your present to yourself. It is the best rendition that I have ever heard. Jim Dale is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Gilbert, AZ, United States 01-09-12
    Dr. Gilbert, AZ, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "a Dicken's of a tale"
    Would you listen to A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version] again? Why?

    yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,yes,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scrooge


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

    drama


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

    this is my favorite redemption story, and it always makes me cry and laugh


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Martinsville, NJ, United States 12-29-11
    Ron Martinsville, NJ, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Jim Dale never disappoints"

    This is my favorite Christmas story, and I have a few versions of the story in movie form, but I always enjoy Jim Dale's performances and this reading was excellent. The unabridged form is a pleasure to listen to, and my children enjoyed hearing details that never come through in an acted stage performance. Extremely well done, we listened to it twice before Christmas!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tenna Ringe, Denmark 12-26-11
    Tenna Ringe, Denmark 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The best combination"
    Would you listen to A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version] again? Why?

    No Christmas without A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and combined with the voice of Jim Dale, makes it perfect.


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

    I have recently listened to Around the World in 80 Days also read by Jim Dale and that was a great experience too!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Springfield,, KY, United States 12-13-10
    Amazon Customer Springfield,, KY, United States 12-13-10 Member Since 2010

    Don't think it hasn't been an little slice of heaven, 'cuz it hasn't.- Bugs Bunny

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    "Jim Dale is WONDERFUL!"

    He did a great job and I will be listening again. He brings this old story alive in ways I haven't experienced in years.

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    Paula Milwaukee, WI, USA 12-03-05
    Paula Milwaukee, WI, USA 12-03-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful! Make it an annual tradition!"

    Harry Potter fans will know Jim Dale as the reader of the American edition HP audiobooks; he has also had a distinguished movie and Broadway career (Tony winner for "Barnum"). His audiobooks are always delightful. Diction clear and beautiful in the classic English style, great narration and characterizations.
    Dale's reading of "A Christmas Carol" is a wonderful way to reacquaint yourself with the Dickens original (after so many reworkings, still the best)- or introduce or kids, grandchildren, etc, to the classic.
    We often forget that, in addition to the heartwarming story of Scrooge's conversion, what a compelling plea for social engagement Dickens intended this story to be, and it's as relevant in today's America as it was in England of 1848.
    I suggest making it a yearly tradition in your home, just as Barrymore's radio "Christmas Carol" was a tradition in the 1930's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 01-07-05
    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 01-07-05
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    "A classic"

    I bought this book primarily because I LOVE Jim Dale, his narration is always excellent (He has narrated all of the Harry Potter books to date). Of course, who doesn't love "A Christmas Carol?" It is a wonderful story and we enjoyed listening to it on Christmas Eve.

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    mary United States 11-18-10
    mary United States 11-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "its horible"

    Worst book ever i fell a sleep it was so boring Don't read this plese

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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