Charles Dickens is probably the best-known and, to many people, the greatest English novelist of the nineteenth century. Since its publication in 1843, A Christmas Carol has been adapted for film, television, and the stage, proving that Dickens's characters and themes continue to captivate generation after generation.
Fabulous unabridged reading. I'll listen to it every Christmas. Makes a great gift.read more
This particular edition of Dickens' 1843 Christmas story is as much about illustration as it is about the story. The full title tells you this: "Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: With 45 Lost Gustave Dore engravings..." The book includes a number of fascinating introductory pages about both Dickens and Dore. The lost engravings were done in 1861. The book also includes an additional 130 illustrations - the work of artists who did the original illustrations for other Dickins' books; such as George Cruikshank and H.K. "Phizz" Browne, This is an intriguing look at illustration in the Victorian era - the well-illustrated story is a bonus!read more
Why did I read it? Because I enjoy audiobooks, and I also relished Tom Baker's contribution doing voice-overs on "Little Britain".What's it about? Mr. Scrooge is a miserable, friendless, mean old man, who employes one poor clerk with a large family and a crippled son to support. Christmas arrives and with it, three spirits of the season to show Scrooge the error of his ways.What did I like? Tom Baker is an excellent narrator, who breathes life into the words of Dickens like no other I've heard; Mr. Baker really made the book come alive for me, and I have read it several times, so this was a novel experience. Mr. Baker is a masterful storyteller, whose enthusiasm shone through in his performance, without over-acting or any hint of condescension in his reading. I sincerely hope he chooses to do more recordings of books in the future.Some sound effects were employed in the recording, and these enhanced my enjoyment of the story. Would I recommend it? I think this audiobook can be enjoyed by all the family, though I would suggest that it may not appeal to children under the age of 9. Better still, if you have a long drive to the grandparents for Christmas, put this on to make that journey a joy.Overall, a highly enjoyable listen which is just perfect for the winter holiday season.read more
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