A Christmas Carol (audio book)
Charles Dickens, narrated by Tim Curry
3 hours, 33 minutes
For the FTC: I did get this for free. But Audible gave all their members the chance to download it, so don’t go thinking I’m special.
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, has never been out of 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 a period of sobriety and somberness 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. That evening, he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, who warns of a terrible fate for the miserly Scrooge if he does not change his ways.
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.
This audio version is masterfully narrated by Tim Curry.
I’m surprised that they say this has “been credited with returning the jovial and festive atmosphere to the holiday season,” because while the end is festive, the rest can be a little creepy! Especially with Tim Curry as the narrator. He’s perfect for Scrooge, but his women’s voices are a little weird (but still fun!). Regardless, I enjoyed listening to the story, especially as I’ve never read it (I know, it’s practically blasphemy).