adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $0.95

Buy for $0.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Orson Welles' dramatic anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air, infamous for its Halloween broadcast of The War of the Worlds, found a sponsor and became Campbell Playhouse in December 1938. The program continued to feature the charismatic and fiery Welles as both a host and an actor. The great Lionel Barrymore portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in Campbell Playhouse's annual performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
©2006 Radio Spirits Inc. (P)2006 Radio Spirits Inc.

What listeners say about A Christmas Carol (Radio Spirits Version - Dramatized)

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    318
  • 4 Stars
    64
  • 3 Stars
    34
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    5
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    288
  • 4 Stars
    41
  • 3 Stars
    23
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    282
  • 4 Stars
    53
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Lionel Barrymore Brings this Tale to Life

This Campbell Playhouse presentation of A Christmas Carol is one of the best renditions of the classic. Though this is only a 55 minute production they hit all the important scenes. I do wish it was longer only for the reason of how much I love the actors. Worth every cent and a good listen during the Christmas Season or any other time of the year.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

can't beat this old program for christmas!

If you could sum up A Christmas Carol [Radio Spirits Version] (Dramatized) in three words, what would they be?

vintage still works!

Which scene was your favorite?

the ending, where scrooge realises he is still alive and it is christmas morning.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i loved hearing the voices of orson wells and lionel barrymore.

Any additional comments?

it's well worth buying and listening to, i plan to listen again. it's wonderful. the voices have such character, and it's unique.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Fun dramatization

This was great to listen to in the car on the long road trip to the relative's house on Christmas.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story

love the actors in this version of a Christmas Carol. The old time radio sounds just add to the performance.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Excellent, though short.

A short and fun, dramatic listening of an old classic. Great for sharing with family and friends.

1 person found this helpful

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

OK For Its Time, But....

Step back into the 1940's as you, along with hundreds of thousands of others, listen closely to your radio where a small sound stage is recreating Dickens' best-loved story. The trouble is, it's been so gutted and rewritten to fit within the timeline of a radio "hour" that its full flavor has been watered down. The old Scrooge would've said "Bah!", and the new Scrooge might have added a tiny "Humbug" under his breath.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Timeless Classic

Orson Wells always brings a class and old world talent to everything he does. Exceptional performance. Should be everyone's tradition to listen to this broadcast.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A Christmas tradition in my family

This is the original radio broadcast from the late 1930s. My dad would play this every Christmas eve, and I did the same for my girls when they were little.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Can't get any better

Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore, what more could you ask for? Yes, it's "old-time" radio, so don't expect CD quality. But that's part of the charm. Listen to it late at night with the lights low. It's my favorite Christmas story, so very well-played.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A Trip Back in Time

Whether you're a fan of Charles Dickens' classic tale, Orson Welles. or Lionel Barrymore you'll be sure to enjoy this. My mom would talk about growing up listening to radio shows like this and it is highly enjoyable to listen to such professionals like Welles and Barrymore do their work. Welles' splendid narration coupled with a terrific performance by Barrymore really brings A Christmas Carol to life. Highly recommend

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Simon
  • Simon
  • 12-28-18

old traditional recording

I loved it. it was old. it was made before televisions were everywhere and it makes you have that lovely feeling of the family hurdles around the radio listening to a Christmas classic.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Highlight
  • Highlight
  • 12-30-14

A Christmas Carol Full of Warmth from Times Past

We adore this version of a Christmas Carol. It actually sounds like times past & immediately one is transported into Dickens world. If you like the old atmosphere at Christmas, then this is for you.

1 person found this helpful