A Christmas Carol

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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.

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A must listen

This is by far the best rendition of A Christmas Carol I have heard. Excellent narration and superb dramatization. Most everyone has read the story, but this dramatization brings it to life. One will feel as if they are actually there and experiencing the action as it happens. So glad I gave this one a listen.

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Wonderful production

Can’t be any better. Perfect timing for the holidays. Enjoying every minute of it. Thank you Audible!

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I love it

Thank you, Audible, for making this free for its members. For starters, I've seen a couple of movie adaptations of A Christmas Carol, but I don't have a clear memory of reading the book itself. This js why I couldn't help but anticipate how the scenes were really written by Charles Dickens. While all movies have same plot, being adaptations, I think that the book remains the best version. I really love the ending with Scrooge and Cratchit. It really was heartwarming

Why only 4 stars?
Well, as much as I love the production, the narration, and the effects, I find the narration volume of some characters too soft at the first scenes during the First Stave. The narrator's and Scrooge's volumes were okay, but the visitors in the counting house had low volume. It was good though that the next scenes had normal volume, so I had a good time listening to it.

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This is a great telling of the classic story.

My only gripe, and a small ones, is the voice used for Christmas Present does not match what I have come to expect.

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Very nice radio drama

Like most people, I've watched, read, listened to, endured, and enjoyed many versions of this famous story. While there's nothing ground breaking in this version, it is quite enjoyable. Recommended.

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Great adaptation, poor delivery

This is a great adaptation of A Christmas Carol, second only to Patrick Stewart's. However, the program is split between five different files so it interrupts the immersion into the story when I had to manually start the next file when one ended. If Audible fixes that, then this would be a five star highly recommended listen.

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Am above average experience

A completely serviceable Christmas Carol. The performance of Scrooge left something to be desired. However, the audio effects were compelling.

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Wonderful!

This is so well done! The production is superb and the story timeless. I will be listening to this again and again.

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not a bad retelling

The performances are good, the dramatization is less successful. Still full of holiday spirit, but it's hard to top the original.

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Always Fun

Wonderful Christmas story. I have always liked A Christmas Carol, this version did not dissappoint me.