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Publisher's Summary

"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.

Public Domain (P)2016 Audible Ltd.

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The Best Version!

It’s not just a narration, but full production with sound effects and many voices! Brings the story to full life! My grand children loved it!

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Excellent dramatization!

Kudos to Audible for this wonderful dramatization of THE Christmas classic. I tend to be a purist when it comes to literature. I shy away from adaptations or dramatization because they often change the source material to the point that it is unrecognizable. This project is the exception. I would venture to say that 90% of the original books remains, and the additional material adds to it. Toss in a narrator of the likes of Sir Derek Jacobi and you have a wonderful recording that you will listen to over and over again.

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Great story wonderful performance.

Loved it. This has always been my favorite Christmas story. The performers were excellent. Wonderfully read.

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A Delight

Wonderfully performed , a timeless and beautiful classic. I will definitely listen to this story again. It was a treat to hear after the holidays, but listening to it during the holiday season will be an added reward.

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Phenomenal Dramatization

This, as the title says, is an abridged dramatization of the evergreen classic. The voice acting is simply phenomenal. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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A Delightful Adaptation.

A favorite story of mine, I know The Christmas Carol well. This dramatic adaptation was delightful. I particularly enjoyed the understated yet strong narration of Sir Derek Jacoby. The back ground atmosphere added depth of emotion and clarity to the scenes, both delightful and foreboding, without overpowering the moment or muddying the story line.
On the technical side, the voices were clear and dialogue was easily followed.

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Wonderful production

The talented actors, delightful sound effects, and clever directing combined to create a rich experience of this timeless piece.

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A solid radio play performance

The voices were pleasant, but the deviations from the source were distracting since I was expecting a direct resitation of the book. Nonetheless it was enjoyable as a retelling of this wonderful Christmas story that has survived for over 175 years in the Western consciousness.

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A great holiday treat

I like this version of the Dickens classic. Especially because I didn’t have to get caught up in the Christian ethic. It was far more enjoyable to listen to.

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POLITICAL LEADERS

Dickens appeal in the 21st century is magnified by economic change. The industrial revolution, like the tech revolution, put people out of work. In Dickens’ time, Great Britain’s and the world’s industrial growth demanded change. Today’s tech revolution demands the same. The change required is different in one sense and the same in another.

The industrial revolution occurred in a time of scarcity while the tech revolution takes place in a time of abundance. Both revolutions require training for new kinds of jobs.

“A Christmas Carol” is a reminder of the damage world leaders can do by ignoring the plight of those who are most directly impacted by economic change. Too many American leaders are acting like Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley by ignoring the Bob Cratchit s and Tiny Tim s of the world. Todays’ political leaders are in Jacob Marley’s ghostly presence with a chance to change the future for the Crachits, Tiny Tims, and wage earners of the world. The world needs leaders who are not blinded by the allure of money, power, and prestige at the expense of the jobless, homeless, and disenfranchised.