A Christian's Carol: A Modern Retelling of Dickens' Classic Tale

Narrated by: Dave Cruse
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Ebenezer Krow is a relentless man who charges through life, holding himself and everyone else to the letter of the law. Krow’s nephew, his employees, his business associates - even mankind in general - all feel the castigating burn of Krow’s glare. One night, on Christmas Eve, Krow is visited by his long-dead business partner, Marley Chastain. The ghost warns Krow that three spirits, one of them a devil, will assail him throughout the night. But will the harrowing experience be enough to tear the scab from his sin-scarred soul? Or will the lessons of Christmas and Krow himself be lost forever? 

In this faithful but modern retelling of Dickens’ classic tale, Batson offers listeners a thought-provoking “ghost of an idea” to haunt our homes and churches pleasantly for many years to come.

©2018 Wayne Thomas Batson (P)2018 Wayne Thomas Batson

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Fantastic Spin on a Classic Story

A Christian's Carol is an insightful, engaging, and important read. This book challenges Christians about what loving others and being Christ to others really means. Batson is daring in how he presents much of our legalistic tendencies, but he doesn't leave us without the solution of living a Christ-like life. I highly recommend this title to add to every Christmas reading list!

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Clever

This is a clever and well-thought out retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas novel. Definitely geared towards Christians, but done very tastefully. I appreciate that Batson focuses on love as the most important principle here. We can disagree with something but still love people. Because truly, love is the only way towards change and reconciliation. Batson does a very good job of drawing the reader in with a compelling, yet familiar story, while weaving this important message throughout. A Christmas Carol has always been an allegory, so don't expect anything different from the retelling. This adaptation offers a slightly new perspective, which I think is insightful and something Christians need in our current day. I also love the narrator in this audio version, and how he uses different voices for each character. He is very animated, which makes it more fun to listen to.

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Good story.

This was a good retelling of a classic story. Enjoyed listening to it while travelling for Thanksgiving.

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Exceptional

Ebenezer is his mean crabby self. His way of thinking is the standard of many in the church, but is he right? The law vs grace and even his perception of Jesus is put before his eyes in this wonderful, present day retelling of a classic tale. The travel through Ebenezer's hopes, dreams, beliefs and hurts will take you on a journey of your own. A journey well worth the time.

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Great adaptation

Batson did a good job of bringing the story into the present by including information about social media and technology. Also he touched on many of the prominent sins of today’s society and how we need to love the sinners while hating the sins. The reading of the story was very well done with the reader giving many intonations where needed. I would recommend this adaptation of the classic Christmas story.

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A reminder that Christians aren't perfect

Ebenezer Crow in A Christian's Carol is painted out to be the most miserable, despicable, judgmental and hateful Christian that you can imagine. That said, I can easily think of people that I know behaving the same way. But being a Christian isn't always easy. Christians easily appear hypocritical or actually are hypocritical. That's because they are trying to better themselves and since it's so obvious to them about the sin in their lives, they can easily see (and point out) what the Bible calls sin in other people's lives. But that's not what Christians are supposed to do. They're supposed to love other people no matter what. That's where Ebenezer Crow fails immensely. Crow is stingy like Ebenezer Scrooge, but he's also blunt and openly judgmental of other people in the book. In today's world there is rampant sin around, according to what the Bible call sin. These issues are open and blatant in A Christian's Carol and Ebenezer Crow deals with them. It was hard to swallow when I first turned the audiobook on. My family and I were listening when we stumbled upon the first major sin that Crow is judgmental about. I quickly turned the book off. However I still listened to it on my own time. I think there are many that will not want to deal with the issues that Ebenezer Crow deals with. However the author, Wayne Thomas Batson, paints a good picture of what can happen in today's Christian lifestyle. In true Christmas Carol form, Ebenezer is shown the faults in his ways and turns out to become one of the most loving people you can imagine. A Christians Carol is a reminder that Christians aren't perfect. No man is, except our savior. However we are called to be like Him and, in that, there's much still to learn! P.s. The audiobook performance is fantastic! The narrator is excellent at his many voices and tells the story well.

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Great adaptation of an old classic!!!

Putting this story into a modern setting with modern issues was an excellent choice by the author. Still with a throwback to the original classic in the way the story was written and narrated. The same sins that haunted Ebenezer in the original classic still ring true in this new adaptation. The addition of Bible verses was a much pleasant addition. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book and look forward to listening to it from years to come around Christmas.

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I loved this rendition of A Christmas Carol

This book was in turns chilling, mysterious, convicting, and heartwarming. The vocalization of the book was exemplary (though my kids did wonder during a speech from Bob Cragitt why Winnie the Pooh was so sad)! Highly recommend this book.

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A Classic Retold Well

Mr. Batson is a talented writer with a lot of heart, and a knack for telling a good ghost story (see his excellent novel Ghost as a further example). I was somewhat skeptical of this book, as A Christmas Carol is a near-perfect story. But Mr. Batson does an admirable job of reworking this tale into something of a reminder for our time, and tackles some sensitive Christian issues in the process. The narrator for the audio book does a great job, and makes me want to listen to more of his performances.

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Wonderful retelling

Great transition to a more modern version. Great voice acting Totally nailed this. New characters but a great mix of the old story.

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