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A Christmas Carol

  • Read by: Simon Prebble
  • Runtime: 3.1 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 12.1.2007
  • Publisher: Craig Black
  • Genre: Fiction/Classics
  • 3.15 hrs12/1/2007Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4551-9014-0
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“Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding,” says Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas, until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life––overnight!

Many know the story, but few have experienced the marvel of the book. If you are one who has never read this family classic, this is the time to do so. Listen to our unabridged recording and make this a truly Charles Dickens Christmas. And, “God bless us, everyone!”

Editorial Reviews

“A tale to make the reader laugh and cry—to open his hands, and open his heart to charity even toward the uncharitable...a dainty dish to set before a King.”

Athenaeum

“If Christmas, with its ancient and hospitable customs, its social and charitable observances, were ever in danger of decay, this is the book that would give them a new lease. The very name of the author predisposes one to the kindlier feelings.”

Thomas Hood, poet

“There can never be too many audio editions of certain novels, and this popular, much-loved perennial attests to that…This audiobook distinguishes itself by offering the unabridged novel rather than a dramatic made-for-radio adaptation or a selection of excerpts. Still short and sweet, with a great deal more Dickensian tongue-in-cheek humor than comes across in movie versions, this audiobook is a treat. In a written introduction to his novel, Dickens makes it clear that he intended his tale to be uplifting rather than scary. Prebble’s multi-voiced narration reflects the author’s purpose. His ghosts sound more instructive than haunting. His Scrooge is more tentative than terrified. But your favorite scenes will still grab you, and Scrooge’s transition from a miserable skinflint to a lighthearted lover of life is portrayed convincingly.”

Kliatt

“It is the detail and the vigor of Charles Dickens’s writing that brings Scrooge to life…one of the most miraculous of all Dickens’s creations—a character one never tires of who, in this short but potent story, never outstays his welcome.”

Telegraph (London)

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    • 5/5

    Meeting Mr. Dickens All Over Again

    Bertie Wooster December 19, 2014
    Does this ever happen to you? You don’t listen to Beethoven for a few years or you get out of the habit of perusing Shakespeare and gradually, without noticing what’s happening, you start docketing Beethoven and Shakespeare in the back ally of your mind as “great” artists whose works you “know” and therefore need not go back to.

    This recording made me realize I’d done that with Charles Dickens. Offered as last year’s December freebie, I seized on it immediately, if for no other reason than because I knew the kids would be reading it for school soon and a recording would make the task easier—as well as more of a family affair. So far, so good. Only when we actually started listening during this Christmas season did I discover all over again what a masterful artist Dickens was. I won’t dwell on the obvious, but..I mean, gadzooks. From his sentence structure to the ideas those sentences express, he is a wonder to behold. And Simon Prebble’s reading does every sentence full justice.

    Whatever Downpour is charging for this one now, it will not be money ill-spent. Especially if, like me, you need to get reacquainted with Mr. Dickens.
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    • 4/5

    Refreshing perfect English

    Wendy February 9, 2014
    After being bought up with this story through many different cartoon versions, it was wonderful to hear the expectations and the acceptable culture of the Dickens era come through in this masterpiece of literature, written in true 19th century English. What a pleasure to hear the original version of this poignant children's tale with such an important message that is being lost in today's society. The concept needs to be revisited in today's world.
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    • 5/5

    Holiday Favorite

    ldsquared December 31, 2013
    I loved listening to this perennial favorite.
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    • 5/5

    Stupendous Audiobook!

    Cheryl December 4, 2013
    A wonderfully narrated version of "A Christmas Carol" - very dramatic and touching!!
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Author Biography

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.

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Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.

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