Regular price: $0.95

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

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 members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    187
  • 4 Stars
    43
  • 3 Stars
    24
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    4

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    165
  • 4 Stars
    31
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    165
  • 4 Stars
    35
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • 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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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.

2 of 2 people found this review 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 of 1 people found this review 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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Best Christmas addition

This was the best adaption of this play I have ever heard ,everyone should listen to this adaption

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

A ground breaking erotic take on a beloved story!!

I never would have believed that I would so completely enjoy on a joyfully depraved take on a Christmas classic I held so sacred. To hear in beautiful prose, the tale of a sexually repressed old man who is visited by three erotic spirits, and is transformed into a transsexual Dynamo, was inspired on so many levels!! I reeled and swooned as his awkward relationship with his bi-curious clerk Bob Crachett and the Cratchett family was altered by the Christmas spirit into an orgiastic feast of carnal desire; even converting Tiny Tim into a rock hard lecherous god!!! This one had more than just my thumbs up;););)!!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jawam
  • Franklin, TN United States
  • 12-26-15

A Lovely Addition to Christmas Traditions

I love Dickens' A Christmas Carol (sorry, there is no style capability on this keyboard; hence, no italics for the title...perhaps the next version, hint, hint, Amazon. Unless, I have somehow missed it?!???). Sorry, back on topic.
I believe I have enjoyed a film version, the original written version, an audiobook, and now this historic audiobook/radio playhouse version of this compact but powerful little tale of redemption. Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore lend their considerable weight as both producer and performer to this narrated & scripted rendition; thus, preserving the original text while telling the timeless ghost story in radio drama format. Something tells me, this will be an annual tradition for as many years as I am able to access it. Do enjoy.

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

Great program

This story will never loose its appeal. Christmas is not the same without it. This is a very good dramatization.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gil
  • Plymouth, PA, United States
  • 01-13-13

Theater of the Mind

What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol [Radio Spirits Version] (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

Lionel Barrymore as Scroge brought to you by Campbell's playhouse and with Orson Wells and the Mercury theater on the air Players.

What other book might you compare A Christmas Carol [Radio Spirits Version] (Dramatized) to and why?

Since this is a radio play from a radio show I would compare it to any classic radio shows and this is one that sticks out as a top Favorite and at one time in American History it was an Icon for every Christmas season. This is a great way to help you enjoy your Holiday season and Classic radio.

Which scene was your favorite?

Like always when Lionel Barrymore as Scroge waked up and see's it's still Christmas day and thus he changes for the good old world

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The production value that Orson Wells always used when doing anything he did. It gave life to a Dickens Classic story.

Any additional comments?

Orson Wells would always say Radio is an amazing Media as it's Theater of the Mind. This like all Classic radio shows is for sure Theater of the Mind.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Disappointing

The absolutely dreadful sound quality and the narrator's sleepy drawl and lack of energy totally ruined this wonderful classic story for me. One of only two downloads that I have deleted. Very disappointing.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

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

0 of 1 people found this review helpful