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  • The Man Who Invented Christmas

  • How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
  • By: Les Standiford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist. The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Told!

  • By JodyB on 12-01-17

A History of Charles Dickens & "A Christmas Carol"

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Narrator has personality in imparting information. Book reads like an academic history book - (spotted with interesting trivia). Too dry to be left feeling in a "holiday mood" after reading/hearing, but rather leaves you with thorough knowledge about the history of Dickens, his writing of "A Christmas Carol" and the story's contribution to how Christmas is currently perceived.

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