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A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry Audiobook

A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

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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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    Ark1836 12-19-15
    Ark1836 12-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Now It Feels Like Christmas"

    Hearing this book helps the Christmas season come alive. This is a great performance of a classic novel. There is not much to be said about this great book that has not already been said. A Christmas Carol provides the origin of many of our modern conceptions of Christmas. It is worth listening to this every year to set the mood for the season.

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    Nancy & Greg Florida, USA 12-18-15
    Nancy & Greg Florida, USA 12-18-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Tim Curry as Ebenezer Scrooge"

    My favorite Christmas story narrated by one of my favorite actors. It does not get much better than this. Only Jim Dale's rendition is better. I highly recommend.

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    Phyllis Plymouth, MN, United States 12-16-15
    Phyllis Plymouth, MN, United States 12-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic"

    I love A Christmas Carol and Tim Curry just elevated it to a new level of enjoyment! Will be an annual listen for me.

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    J.J.M. 12-16-15
    J.J.M. 12-16-15
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    "Timeless Classic"

    I absolutely loved Tim Curry ' s performance of one of my favorite holiday classics.

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    SHAWN 12-14-15
    SHAWN 12-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Listening to this has become a holiday tradition"
    What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry the most enjoyable?

    The first enjoyment must come from the soul of Dickens to have written this masterpiece.
    The second enjoyment--and not following far behind the first--is Tim Curry's phenomenal performance: his rich voice is such a pleasure to listen to. And to that end, the recording of Curry's voice is so close and good that this audio book is a true delight.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The moment Scrooge's nephew laughs. Curry's laugh is just as affecting as the nephew's is described to be. We all chuckle to hear it-- "as it [is] impossible to keep the affection off."


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Tim Curry's performance makes this one of my favorite audiobooks.


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    Gracia 12-11-15
    Gracia 12-11-15
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    "Awesome"

    I really enjoyed this audible book. Tim Curry is amazing. I have no complaints at all.

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    momof6 12-09-15
    momof6 12-09-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "Absolute favorite book of all time"

    I listen to this book every Christmas. The story is phenomenal, the narrator is fantastic, it's the perfect book to enjoy to get you in the right mindset for Christmas. I love it

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    Jonathan G Austin, TX USA 12-06-15
    Jonathan G Austin, TX USA 12-06-15
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    "Irritating production"

    I found Tim Curry's performance of Scrooge's voice to be quite annoying. Since Scrooge speaks a lot, this becomes problematic. Also, the performance is overly dramatic. Since the source material is dramatic enough, I also found this annoying.

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    Lauren Breault 12-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    After seeing this story performed as a drama, a musical, by cartoons, by the Muppets, and by Mr. Magoo, I suddenly realized that I had never actually read it. I was delighted to find that it was narrated by one of my favorite actors, and Tim Curry did a magnificent job. Listening to this is going to be an annual tradition.

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    Terryn Middletown, Connecticut United States 12-04-15
    Terryn Middletown, Connecticut United States 12-04-15 Member Since 2011

    I like Star Wars, Foundation series, Redwall Series, Bloody Jack series, and westerns for fiction. In nonfiction, I like books about Catholic theology, American history and government, and economics.

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    "The Classic Tale comes alive with Tim Curry!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry the most enjoyable?

    I can see why this story has become a classic. Dickens really captures the spirit of Christmas. He does an excellent job showing how being a miser has really made Scrooge unhappy, and how the people he initially considers poor fools (Bob Kratchit, his nephew Fred) really are happier than he is. But it is finally when he can put a face to those in need through Tiny Tim that Scrooge's heart melts and he turns a new leaf. Hearing this in Dickens' original language, and not just a screenplay adaptation, gave the story more depth. I could actually feel the rebirth Scrooge experienced when he woke up in his room on Christmas morning.


    What does Tim Curry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have seen many adaptations of this classic tale, but never actually read the book until now. Tim Curry's narration is excellent. He really makes the characters comes alive. Each character has just the right accent, and his diction and cadence are great.


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

    This book made me cry during the part when Tiny Tim's potential death is portrayed. It made me laugh and smile when Scrooge was "reborn".


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book and enjoy the story again, or really for the first time.

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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    12/28/10
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    "A superb audiobook"

    Tim Curry's narration of this timeless classic is simply brilliant.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chriss Stringer
    6/6/10
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    "BRILLIANT"

    It sounds a bit cheesy to say it but this was brilliant. Curry has brilliant tone in his narration and the story passes easy to the ear. You may think you know this story - but how well I would ask? I had never actually read the book but knew the story from TV adaptations. They do not do it justice. I saw the 3D movie Christmas 2009 and then downloaded this free book and was so pleased I did. I think you will not only be pleased you did, but start to wonder about other Dickens novels as well - I know I did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr David Newton
    12/17/09
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    "Thank you Audible"

    Many thanks to Audible for this kind gift. Dickens great story is wonderfully brought to life as Tim Curry readies us for Christmas.
    I cried in all the appropriate places as Dickens conjoured up his wonderful familiar characters.
    Tim Curry reads well, with the exception of his characterisation of Mrs Cratchet which was a little odd. But now I am being picky and Scroogelike. Forgive me.
    Thanks Audible. God Bless you every one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Rotherham, United Kingdom
    12/16/09
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    "Excellent naration of a well loved tale"

    Thankyou Audible for this free book, loved every minute of it. Tim Curry really brought it to life and got me in the Christmas mood. His voices to the characters made it more so.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Woking, United Kingdom
    12/23/11
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    "Great story, wonderously told"

    Listening to this fabulous story in its entirety took me back to my childhood! Tim Curry's performance is superb. The voices true to the characters with passion and humour abound. A perfect way to start the Christmas season!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • nicole
    United Kingdom
    12/26/14
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    "A wonderful free Christmas gift"

    I loved Tim Curry's humorous and enthusiastic narration of this classic. I don't think anyone needs me to review this well known tale but just to let everyone who follows my reviews that this is currently a free gift available from Amazon local until 30th Dec 2014 and I'd highly recommend it.1, go to Amazon then click on today's deals (in thin black writing at the top of the page), 2, Go to the section for Amazon Local Deals nearer the bottom of the page and locate the offer Free Voucher Free Audiobook of 'A Christmas Carol' Narrated by Tim Curr... and click to get the voucher and then redeem it to get the book. Don't try to get this from the Audible site as you'll probably be charged.

    Thanks Audible, great gift.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Su
    England
    11/15/12
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    "a classic narrated superbly"

    I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Tim Curry, but having received a version with Tom Baker I originally decided not to go through with my order for this.



    I listened to the Baker version and was truly disappointed. I have always found that the words of this story stand by themselves with no need for the assistance of mood music and sound effects. The inclusion of which spoilt the Tom Baker narration for me so this week I went for this one.



    I started listening, hoping that the same thing had not been done; and to my relief I found it was a clean narration, with good pronunciation.



    This is a superbly narrated classic and well worth your consideration. I am so incredibly happy that I purchased this.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Super Carrot
    London, United Kingdom
    3/4/11
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    "It was very good"

    I've seen the story too many times on TV and hate the story, but some how this was really good. I don't know how but the TV adaptations are just cheesy, but this was emotionally engaging, I think because it was the story as told by Charles Dickens and not reinterpreted it was able to keep closer to its original meanings and flavours. It made the story actually fun again. Scrooge has come to mean miserliness when, if the story is effective (as I believe this one is) it should mean generosity and benevolence.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • me
    12/24/16
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    "A good listen"

    Tim Curry is really helped me get into the story with his excellent narrating.
    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hoerbuch-fan
    1/27/16
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    "Great"

    This is great, I'm writing a test review to see what happens when I post this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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