We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry Audiobook

A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

Regular Price:$14.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Audible Editor 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.

Listen to more Audible Signature Classics now.

Public Domain(P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (6797 )
5 star
 (4371)
4 star
 (1535)
3 star
 (611)
2 star
 (174)
1 star
 (106)
Overall
4.7 (4392 )
5 star
 (3331)
4 star
 (714)
3 star
 (263)
2 star
 (54)
1 star
 (30)
Story
4.7 (4411 )
5 star
 (3389)
4 star
 (704)
3 star
 (222)
2 star
 (63)
1 star
 (33)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer 12-28-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A real keeper"

    Tim Curry reads this classic beautifully, and I'm quite glad I purchased this fascinating book. Having revisited the story each holiday season by watching one of many movie productions, I was pleasantly surprised by the relatable manner of Dickens's prose and its relevance today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Flamingo Girl #3 L.A. 12-27-15
    Flamingo Girl #3 L.A. 12-27-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Superb!"
    Where does A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listened to this in one sitting and then started it over from the beginning.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Curry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I can't imagine a better narrator than Tim Curry. I kept forgetting it was a single actor doing all the characters.


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

    It surprised me that, having seen various film adaptations multiple times, I could be so enchanted by Dickens' original novella. I did cry, which surprised me. It's not as if I didn't know how it ended!


    Any additional comments?

    I only downloaded this because it was free, and it was Christmas and it seemed like a Christmas thing to do. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Morgayne 12-24-15
    Morgayne 12-24-15

    Morgayne

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Simply the best..."

    I love Dickens. I love Tim Curry. To be read this wonderful story on Christmas Eve...was the best. perfect match of talents. And that's no Humbug!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Edward 12-24-15
    Edward 12-24-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Classic Christmas story."

    Classic Contemporary Christmas story. Charles Charles Dickens is the best....still today and tomorrow. Will listen or read his other works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John L. Hank Columbus, OH USA 12-22-15
    John L. Hank Columbus, OH USA 12-22-15 Member Since 2015

    Retired Math/Phys Teacher, but writing and tutoring

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Complete Story"

    A longer and more complete version than I am used to, and delightfully done. The narration was excellent with full emotion and realistic interpretation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Martha SUISUN CITY, CA, United States 12-22-15
    Martha SUISUN CITY, CA, United States 12-22-15 Listener Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Wonderful Way to Celebrate the Joy of the Season"
    What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry the most enjoyable?

    Tim Curry's ability to perform all the characters so well makes this a book you will want to listen to over and over again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful story set in a much simpler time. Reinforced, for me, how important and valuable the "little things" are. Really, though, they are not "little". Family, friends, health, moments of joy, etc. A valuable lesson told through a beautiful tale with a wonderful voice. Thank you, Tim Curry, for bringing it to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JTS Burlington, KY USA 12-22-15
    JTS Burlington, KY USA 12-22-15 Listener Since 2007
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tim Curry is the best narrator."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There are many versions of A Christmas Carol. Tim Curry by far is the best narrator. As an actor, he has come a very long way since Rocky Horror Picture Show. As the narrator of this Christmas Classic, he is superb. I would recommend this version to everybody.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a classic which carries a message that never gets old or outdated.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Tim Curry's accent is perfect for the setting. His performance is clear and precise. You can understand every single word.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would be a very good book to listen to while traveling for the holidays.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Suzan Huntsville, UT, USA 12-21-15
    Suzan Huntsville, UT, USA 12-21-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent!"

    The story is an all time classic and the reader/narrator has an enjoyable voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eric 12-21-15
    Eric 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Always excellent"

    Tim Curry has done it again. Phenomenal reading. A great Christmas present. We'll listen to it as often as possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James Walmsley 12-21-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Masterful rendition by Tim Curray"

    Will warm the cockles of your heart at Christmas time. You owe it to yourself. Give yourself a gift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.