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Editorial Reviews

Renowned actor Tim Curry’s voice is warm, deep, and arch to the point of campiness. Curry is an actor’s actor. His voice is so distinctive as to be unmistakable. Fans of this Dickens classic will enjoy hearing Curry manifest the coterie of pithy characters that inhabit this novel, ranging from small boy to old man to dire ghost. Curry’s knowing tone suits this fable well. His dramatic but nuanced performance highlights the emotions of loss, fear, hope, and joy that inform this text. Curry takes delight in the macabre aspects of this gothic tale. His irreverent take on this famous novel heightens the drama even for listeners who know the story inside and out.

Publisher's Summary

This version of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, masterfully narrated by Tim Curry, was available for a limited time last year, and now it's back. This one-of-a-kind performance puts a unique spin on a treasured classic, and served as the inspiration for the exciting new line of Audible Signature Classics, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Elijah Wood, and Heart of Darkness with Kenneth Branagh. Tim Curry performs this timeless holiday story in a deliciously dark tone, returning it to its Dickensian roots with a vivid imagining of Victorian London and just the right touch of outrageous fun.

A Christmas Carol has constantly been in print since its original publication in 1849, and has been adapted for stage, television, film, and opera. It has often been credited with returning the jovial and festive atmosphere to the holiday season in Britain and North America, following the somber period that emerged during the Industrial Revolution.

The story opens on a bleak and cold Christmas Eve as Ebenezer Scrooge is closing up his office for the day. As the story progresses and Christmas morning approaches, Scrooge encounters the unforgettable characters that make this story a classic: Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and, of course, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

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  • A. Bunker
  • philadelphia, pa United States
  • 12-27-16

Great tradition

I really liked this audible book and it follows a great family tradition. We all sit around the fireplace and drink hot coco and roast marshmallows. It never fails that just as the book is ending snow starts falling and we hear bells and what sounds like hoofs and a sleigh on the roof. Oh boy!

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No movie can compare

With the masterful combination of Dickens' prose and Tim Curry's reading. Curry adds weight, humor, and joy to the Yuletide classic, creating a captivating experience for the whole family. (Literally: I turned it on and within half an hour the whole family was huddled around my Bluetooth speaker, with violent shushing for anyone who dared speak over Mr. Curry)

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  • Dave
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  • 12-27-16

Scrooge was as Good as His Word

I try and make time to listen to Dickens' classic every year, and this has become my absolute favorite version. It's closing in on close to 200 years old, but A Christmas Carol seems every bit as relevant today as when Dickens wrote it. It's such a familiar story that I think sometimes we forget how much the early parts of it feel like a genuine horror story when we come back to the original. Which is a wonderful set up for the story that is to follow.

Tim Curry nails both the terrifying horror of Scrooge's situation and makes the redemption heartfelt and beautiful. This is one of the best Christmas stories ever, and listening to Curry read it is a great way to spend a few hours over the holidays.

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Tim Curry is magnificent!

This timeless classic came to life anew with the excellent narration by Tim Curry. Loved it!

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A classic and so much the better for this

Well done! I listen to this every year now. What else can be said? Thank you!

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A spectacular performance - great listening!

Most of us read A Christmas Carol when we were young. And there have been many video versions to enjoy. I decided it was time to listen to the original story with a unique narrator. It was wonderful to read/listen to this great classic. Of course, Dickens is a master writer. The language is ‘classic’ in its richness – great descriptions that put the reader right there in the scene. It has been a long time since I have read the 'original' and I enjoyed the strong message of transformation. In this listening though I heard more of the background messages regarding the conditions of men.

Tim Curry does a superb job of narrating. For one thing – I didn’t hear the Tim Curry I might have pictured or expected villains and dark). Yes, he carried the dark tone of the story but with so much more! I heard a spot on British accent which changed appropriately with the characters and expressed the emotions and enthusiasm at all the right points. Curry wheezes, gasps, chortles and cheers. He even shares the wonderful exclamation by Tiny Tim.

I encourage everyone to listen to and enjoy this classic. A perfect sharing, especially at Christmas time.

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The Best!

This is a great story and wonderful performance by Tim Curry. I highly recommend this audio book, you will not be disappointed.

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Excellent, spellbinding reading.

This is the best reading of one of the great moral tales. Tim Curry is expressive, sympathetic, and spot on in his characterizations. A wonderful experience for the holiday season, thank you Amazon.

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very good book with excellent narration

This was a very good book and Tim Curry did an excellent job narrating it. So glad to have finally read it.

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Fresh again

I love this story. The past is young yet memories we often try to snuff out any that give pain. I delighted in listening to this wonderful book. It helps me to endure my migraines. Just like listening to a story at bed time when I was young. Tim Curry's reading is enchanting. Reminding me of Charles Dickens' readings in the 1800s might have been like.