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
"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)
Jim Dale takes a favorite classic to a new level. Excellent voice work on an excellent tale.
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.
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.
Dickens meets Harry Potter's narrator, and what a wonderful world!
I laughed and cried. I've never heard an audio edition of A Christmas Carol that I really enjoyed before.
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!
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.
this is my favorite redemption story, and it always makes me cry and laugh
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!
No Christmas without A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and combined with the voice of Jim Dale, makes it perfect.
I have recently listened to Around the World in 80 Days also read by Jim Dale and that was a great experience too!
Don't think it hasn't been an little slice of heaven, 'cuz it hasn't.- Bugs Bunny
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.
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.
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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