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Publisher's Summary

"From his first words to his last, Euan Morton's narration is quintessentially Dickensian. This novel gives Morton the opportunity to voice all the personalities of the original CHRISTMAS CAROL — from revelers to Scrooge, ghosts, and Tiny Tim — and all are satisfying portrayals." — AudioFile Magazine

Laced with humor, rich historical detail from Charles Dickens' life, and clever winks to his work, Samantha Silva's Mr. Dickens and His Carol is an irresistible new take on a cherished classic.

Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer's block sets in. Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens' deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.

Full of holiday cheer and Victorian whimsy, Mr. Dickens and His Carol is the perfect audiobook to instill listeners with the Christmas spirit.

©2017 Samantha Silva (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"A charming, comic, and ultimately poignant story about the creation of the most famous Christmas tale ever written. It's as foggy and haunted and redemptive as the original; it's all heart, and I read it in a couple of ebullient, Christmassy gulps." (Anthony Doerr, number one New York Times best-selling author of All the Light We Cannot See)

"Mr. Dickens and His Carol is a novel of pure charm and humor, a terrific holiday tale. Samantha Silva had me haunting those dark streets alongside her inspired Dickens." (Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins)

“[Silva] tunes herself to Dickens’s imaginative frequency... She inhabits Dickens’s sensitivity to London’s atmosphere, its chancellors and urchins, its cobblestones and fog.” (The New York Times Book Review)

"From his first words to his last, Euan Morton's narration is quintessentially Dickensian.... Since Dickens plays the Scrooge in Silva's story, listeners must wait until the end for his redemption. Morton makes it a fun and atmospheric wait, capped off by a perfect recitation of Tiny Tim's (and Dickens's) most iconic line." (AudioFile)

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The perfect book for the season...

I love Charles Dickens’ story. This is a perfect backstory. There are just enough references and a twist to move the story along yet remind you why you are celebrating the holiday. The reader brought each character to life. True enjoyment in every sense.

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A jewel, indeed

I noticed that someone just before this review called this book a jewel. I could not agree more. It's an absolutely lovely book. I am grateful that the publisher invested in the narrator Euan Morton, whose work on this book is flawless. To me, this book is a Christmas Carol for our time.

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A Christmas classic in its own right!

Ms. Silva has given readers and listeners alike a brilliant gift of her writing. She brings Charles Dickens to life in a way that allows his flaws, self doubts and troubled thoughts to shape the very fabric of plot. Her work is a tribute to Mr. Dickens in every respect and her writing is flawless. May I have some more, please? I would rate it 10 stars if I could.

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  • Linda
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Ultimately worth it

I had just seen "The Man Who Invented Christmas" and wanted to get another take on the story
This takes FOREVER to get past Dickens being lost, miserable, nasty and Scrooge personified and I almost stopped listening but finished today as I rolled out Christmas cookies
I am glad I stuck it out for a very sweet ending but not worth the 75% of angst getting there. I didn't hate it but I wouldn't recommend it

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Fun little book!

Really well written and well read book. Perfect way to get into the Holiday spirit.

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Clever

This is a clever heartwarming story. The author did a wonderful job and loved the narrator.

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  • Dana
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Excellent fun for the holiday season

This was a refreshing listen during the holiday season. The narrator was fantastic! (I will look up books he has narrated and listen to him some more) The story was very a interesting travel back in time to Victorian England and Charles Dickens' life. I must sadly admit I did not know anything really about Mr Dickens and this was fun fodder for the holiday spirit and for a glimpse (Even though in fiction) into his writer's mind. (I enjoyed also looking up and learning more about this very interesting man due to this book) It was beautifully and almost poetically written and was a delight to marvel on.

The only negative feedback I have is that Charles rolled around in martyrdom just a bit too much for me and then snapped out of it in a very unusual and somewhat unbelievable way. I did really enjoy the twist at the end however and will highly recommend this book to all listeners. Enjoy!

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I love this book!<br />

I would start this book again right now if I did not instead feel compelled to listen to A Christmas Carol! This book will have to become an annual event.

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The New Christmas Carol

If you loved The Christmas Carol, this is one step above. a must listen. all the odd elements of Charles Dickens books brought together in a new mix for Christmas.

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Well conceived, great narrator

It is a terrific take on a how it happened to be written novel. I hope Silva writes many more books.

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