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A Christmas Carol

Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
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'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!'

Charles Dickens' ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

Starring: Sir Derek Jacobi as Dickens, Kenneth Cranham as Ebenezer Scrooge, Roger Allam as Jacob Marley, Brendan Coyle as The Ghost Of Christmas Past, Miriam Margolyes as The Ghost Of Christmas Present, Tim Mcinnerny as The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come, Jamie Glover as Bob Cratchit, Emily Bruni as Mrs. Cratchit, Jenna Coleman as Belle, Joshua James as Young Scrooge And Hugh Skinner as Fred

©2016 Audible, Ltd. (P)2016 Audible, Ltd.

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A Christmas classic

Excellent quality production. The well known story was brought to life by these talented narrators. Lovely to listen too.

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Fantastic

Listening to this beautiful production of A Christmas Carol was the perfect way to kick off my festive listening season. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the incredible cast bring this classic to life; it was very much like being at a play without the visual aspect. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this audio drama to other listeners.

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Classic

Classic story, one that hopefully every generation can at least enjoy once in its original form. Timless & still enjoyable

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  • Highlight
  • 12-14-16

THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

This was an Audible.uk free Christmas Gift for 2016. A full cast drama with a perfect cast acting out a splendid production of Charles Dickens Classic ghost story. This production is so atmospheric and stays true to the storyline with Dickens wierd and wonderful characters we all love. Thank you Audible.

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  • Lo
  • 01-17-17

Great Christmas treat

This was a great retelling of a classic.
The cast did a great job of bringing the story to life.
Thank audible for the free gift. :)

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  • David
  • 12-09-17

Not the best version

I wouldn't recommend this version - there are far better versions out there that keep to the original words of Dickens.

A few things irritated me about this version:
- Why was a female cast for the voice of the Ghost of Christmas Present?
- The Ghost of 'Christmas Future' ('Yet to Come' in the original) speaks in this version. Never talks in the original or any other version I have read, watched or listened to before.
- Should have stuck to the original Dickens words and not used improvised dialogue.

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  • Welsh girl
  • 12-15-16

A Christmas treat

What an excellent retelling of this story. Performances were as you would expect from such performers .Although the tale is well known it was a joy to listen to and I would thoroughly recommend it to almost anyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-14-16

beautiful

Read , heard , seen the story before and still I am moved once more , it made me smile , it brought a tear in the corner of my eye ...thanks

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  • TRACY Q.
  • 12-14-16

Delightful

Wonderfully performed and really enjoyed revisiting a Christmas Carol with a hot toddy and my feet up, Merry Christmas 😊

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  • Christopher Mitchell
  • 12-24-17

A mixed bag

I've read, listened to and watched A Christmas Carol a hundred times and in over a dozen different variations, and know its story very well, as I would hope we all do. While I appreciate - to some degree - the need for modernisation so that younger readers, listeners and viewers, might understand the more "old fashioned" phrases Mr Dickens enjoyed employing, I always feel a little sad when classic lines are changed for the sake of a recording or adaptation. Still; I will not begrudge the need for change, provided of course we acknowledge the original work. In regards to this adaptation; I could find little to complain about, albeit my own innate need to read the lines and quote the book along with the performance sometimes had me babbling nonsense as I tried to recite and listen simultaneously. However, I believe that giving a voice to the Ghost of Christmas Future was a mistake. Meaning no ill will towards the performer that provided the voice, but that particular spirit is meant to remain silent and unknowable, an entity we cannot fully understand or comprehend, and giving it a voice humanises it in a way that is not altogether pleasant, and begs the question of why it does not answer Scrooge's questions when he gives voice to his concerns, for if it can speak; it must surely understand speech, and thus understand Scrooge's plight, and is able to give an answer. A silent spirit needs no such explanation and presents a more ethereal visage, so I am I think understandably disappointed with that particular choice. Other than that point though, it is a reasonably good adaptation.

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  • P J Faulkner
  • 12-14-16

A Christmas Present

Everything about it was good; in fact it was very good. Thank you Audio for a wonderful Christmas present.

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  • Richard Bibby
  • 12-14-16

great adaptation

very engaging will probably listen every Christmas 🎄. enjoyed the spirits. Not a bah humbug in sight.

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  • Telboy
  • 02-22-17

A not so Christmas Carol

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I believe this to be the very worst of all the Books I have downloaded intoto...

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The story was the old and bold one... but the Narrated team members completed destroyed it...

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  • C.P.
  • 12-29-16

Great Listen

Thank you for the free download. A great story of course, performed perfectly by all.

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  • mrsvee
  • 05-06-19

An outstanding production.

This wonderful tale by Charles Dickens is beautiful produced by Audible with outstanding performances by a casy ably led by Sir Derek Jacobi. A definite must listen. You will be visibly moved!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-14-18

Dickens at his best

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The characters came alive when beautifully read by Sir Derek Jacobi. A wonderful story and I highly recommend it.,

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  • NOREEN
  • 03-06-18

A Christmas Carol

love it it's like a little play just let your imagination go sit back and relax.

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  • Annaliesa Rose
  • 04-23-17

Amazing!

I always love dramatised versions of books and this was brilliantly done all the way down to the music, singing right through to the credits at the end. Love the cast! Brilliant!

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  • Natalie
  • 03-19-17

Very enjoyable

What did you like most about A Christmas Carol?

The performances and characterisations were charming. I really enjoyed the narration and cannot believe that I'm in my 40s and hearing/reading this tale for the first time!

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Very glad that I picked up this little book!

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  • melanie
  • 02-05-17

Wonderful rendition of a classic

i loved this version. Kenneth Cranham add Ebenzer was just right. I really enjoyed all the voices. definitely worth listening to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-24-17

Absolutely enjoyed this! Exceptiona!! :))

This version of A Christmas Carol was absolutely fantastic in every way!

Would highly recommend this audible book to any listener.

Highly entertaining, engaging, nostalgic and full of a talented cast, sound effects, music score and more!

I was amazed I listened to this book from start to finish in one sitting. This I never do?! Congrats to all who brought this together. Thank you! :))

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  • Amy
  • 01-07-17

Fantastic!

Such a great cast, and so well done, AND thank you for making it free!

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  • amanda
  • 01-04-17

Absolutely Wonderful

I wish they would produce all of Dickens books this way...an absolute delight and for free 😀

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