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Publisher's Summary

As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how Charles Dickens revived the signal holiday of the Western world.

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.

The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.

With warmth, wit, and an infusion of Christmas cheer, Les Standiford whisks us back to Victorian England, its most beloved storyteller, and the birth of the Christmas we know best. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a rich and satisfying listen for Scrooges and sentimentalists alike.

©2008 Les Standiford (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Beautifully Told!

I learned so much from this enjoyable tale of a master storyteller. The narrator's voice, pleasantly expressive, effectively brought characters to life and kept interest alive throughout the book. I was fascinated the entire time, and I was delighted to discover connections between Dickens and his Carol that I never knew before. Excellent book and narration!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A History of Charles Dickens & "A Christmas Carol"

Narrator has personality in imparting information. Book reads like an academic history book - (spotted with interesting trivia). Too dry to be left feeling in a "holiday mood" after reading/hearing, but rather leaves you with thorough knowledge about the history of Dickens, his writing of "A Christmas Carol" and the story's contribution to how Christmas is currently perceived.

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  • 11-11-17

If you love A Christmas Carol, get this book

Anyone who loves Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (and who doesn't?) should read this book; The Man Who Invented Christmas will help its reader understand Dickens’ condition at the time he wrote the story, and the challenges he faced in getting it written at all, let alone in the few weeks he had to finish the project before the Christmas season passed him by.

But The Man Who Invented Christmas is much more than a book about a book. Instead, it is best understood as an excellent short biography of Dickens and an explanation of his times and the impact of his work, with a special focus on A Christmas Carol. There is also a good deal of information about the history of Christmas, which Mr. Standiford provides to show how Dickens' book revived the season's celebration.

As I wrote my own Christmas story, Back to Christmas, I read and listened to A Christmas Carol more than a dozen times. But after listening to Mr. Standiford’s excellent book, I feel like I understand Dickens' story better than ever before.

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Great book!!

Except that the reader couldn’t decide if the book was about Dickens ot Dickinson..the story was well written and well read.

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The Man who invented Christmas

Tis is a biography of Charles Dickens.It was very interesting.I enjoyed it a lot.I'm not sure how a movie fits into this,but we shall see.

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Like listening to a history book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Nothing like the wonderful new movie. Interesting biographical listen. Could only do a half hour at time as it's very dry.

If you’ve listened to books by Les Standiford before, how does this one compare?

Haven't heard or read any other of his books. Saw the movie based on this book. Sadly disappointed.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

None

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Movie was great...how they came up with it from this book I have no idea.

Any additional comments?

Listen to Mr. Dickens and his Carol by Samantha Silva it was wonderful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful