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A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol
Author Charles Dickens
Narrator Simon Vance
Runtime 2.9 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher Mission Audio
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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman and Hall and first released on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published at a time when Britain was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and the Christmas stories of Washington Irving. The tale was pirated immediately, was adapted several times to the stage, and has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and somberness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.

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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman and Hall and first released on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.

The book was written and published at a time when Britain was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and the Christmas stories of Washington Irving.

The tale was pirated immediately, was adapted several times to the stage, and has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and somberness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.

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Great sound!
I will buy again from this site.
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Review by / (Posted on 12/1/2013)
Worthwhile
Challenging story. Everyone should listen to this.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/22/2012)
Great resource
This audiobook was very well done. My wife and I loved listening to it. The voice acting was very good and entertaining. It's not a radio theatre production but one of the best that I've ever heard and will keep you interested the whole time.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/21/2012)
Enjoyed
Never read this classic, so the audiobook is the first time. A wonderful story read out by an exceptionally good narrator. A short story that is sure to bring a smile on everybody.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/6/2012)
excellent tale and narration
I have watched different interpretations of this classic period on the big screen. From ancient versions to the most recent production featuring Jim Carrey. This audiobook, by far, is superior to these eye-candy interpretations. Thus far, this is the best work I’ve heard from Simon Vance.

The text itself, both illustrative and alliterative, gives the reader excellent opportunity for both reading and listening. Dickens’ tale of life and morality follows Ebenezer Scrooge, and elderly grump in need of a bump in the rear. Through the visitation of three ghosts, Scrooge is given the chance to celebrate life and Christmas, removing the chains of selfishness he placed on himself over so many years.

A classic not only by genre, but excellent storytelling, SG recommends this audio edition for your personal listening library.

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Review by / (Posted on 1/5/2012)
RECOMMENDED
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I totally enjoyed listening to this book. Although we all know the general gist of how this story goes, having the original text read seemed to bring it alive in my mind, more so than any of the attempts I have seen to portray this story on the TV.

The narrator impressed me with all of the voices that he did. In scenes when multiple characters were conversing, it was easy to follow along due to the unique voices that he gave each character. His British accent made me feel as though Dickens himself could be narrating the story.

By listening to the original text it was also more apparent how the Christian worldview plays a strong part in this book.

May I suggest listening to it with your children - perhaps one chapter at a time?
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Review by / (Posted on 12/22/2011)
Lively and dynamic narration!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this Christmas Classic, as read by this dynamic reader. Engrossing!
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Review by / (Posted on 12/22/2011)
Magical Narration Brings Classic to Life!
As much as I like to read, I always sell myself short on reading "true literature" . . . especially books that were written pre-20th century. Listening to the audio version was a wonderful re-introduction to Dickens! It was incredibly easy to follow along, and the story came alive. It was magical.

The narrator impressed me with all of the voices that he did. In scenes when multiple characters were conversing, it was easy to follow along due to the unique voices that he gave each character. His British accent made me feel as though Dickens himself could be narrating the story.

Listening to this book together would be a wonderful family tradition! Both young and old will love this story! Don't miss out on this moving story!

I received a free copy of this audio book from christianaudio in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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Review by / (Posted on 12/20/2011)
Sweet Reading of the Classic Tale
I cannot remember the first time I heard or saw a retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but I am certain that I was very young. I am also certain that this classically frightening tale has been a major part of my imagination for many years. Thus, I was excited when ChristianAudio.com offered me the chance to review a reading of this work during this Christmas season as a part of their reviewers program.

Dickens is excellent, simply excellent, at weaving a story that sticks in the minds of his readers. At times the author describes scenes in formally vivid detail. At other times, Dickens breaks with convention and speaks to his readers as if we are sitting in the room together and conversing. Regardless of which technique Dickens uses, he makes it easy to become swept up in the tale.

Readers who are familiar with this story, whether from reading it themselves or from the myriad Hollywood or Broadway productions of the novel, will understand that this work is a fiction, and not intended for Christian teaching. For certain, Dickens points his readers to Christ as the reason for our hope, joy, and love during the Christmas season. However, it is fair to allow the point of unimaginative critics, that Dickens may paint for us a picture of a works-based salvation should we take his work too literally. I would simply say that we do not read this tale for soteriology, but for a classic reminder that there is more to life than money and that the worship of wealth is ultimately soul-destroying.

The version of this audio book that I listened to was read by Simon Vance (oddly the second book of his in a row that I have listened to). The reader does an excellent job of bringing emotion into the different character voices that he presents in this telling. I would highly recommend that those who would like to listen to this classic tale give Vance’s reading a try.



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Review by / (Posted on 12/20/2011)
Loved it!
I read, listen to or watch "A Christmas Carol" every year, and I've been spoiled by Patrick Stewart and George C. Scott. However, this rendition of Dickens' tale is wonderful. I enjoyed every moment!
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Review by / (Posted on 12/15/2011)
Excellent narration, timeless story
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has to be one of his most loved works and also one of the most widely known Christmas stories. Published in 1843, the novella tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser who is visited one Christmas Eve by four “spirits” whose mission is to save him from himself.

In Mission Audio’s audiobook edition of the story, narrator Simon Vance gives a phenomenal reading of the classic tale, complete with exceptional voices. The narration grabbed my attention right off and kept it through the very end. I gained new insight into the story because of the beautiful narration and was reminded of the importance of its message.

Whether you’ve read the story before or not, I highly recommend this audiobook. You’ll be inspired and uplifted.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from the christianaudio Reviewers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Review by / (Posted on 12/12/2011)
The Gospel According to Dickens
I haven't read any of Charles Dickens' original writings since probably middle school. At that point, I know I never really appreciated the beauty of his work and words. I recently listened to christianaudio's version of A Christmas Carol, which is one of their best audiobooks yet. Simon Vance's narration was excellent, with an engaging dramatization.

At a recent Bible study, someone brought up how A Christmas Carol was particularly a message about caring for our neighbors. While most of us have heard the story many times, hearing Dickens' original words really sent the message about the power and importance of loving our neighbor. While God was never explicitly mentioned, the Gospel is written all over this classic.

While it is a short book that can be easily found for free, christian audio is also offering it for free for this month!

This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (jacobscafe.blogspot.com).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Review by / (Posted on 12/10/2011)
Classic Storytelling
I absolutely loved this audiobook. Charles Dickens was such a brilliant writer and this is surely one of his most loved stories. Considering its an old story that has been told many times before, it still comes across as very relevant in today’s economic situation.

Simon Vance’s narration is perfect and adds so much to the story. I particularly liked the way he interprets Scrooge all the way through his transformation, from the grumpy old miser to a jolly old man at the end. He did very well with the different characters voices and he held my attention throughout. I definitely was transported back to Victorian London whilst listening.

I would recommend this audio to everyone, but especially to those who feel jaded by the commercialization of Christmas. It will definitely cheer you up and bring you a merry Christmas once again.

Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer’s Program for this free copy.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/30/2011)
Great for Christmas!
This is a great listen aloud for families at Christmas time. This is a classic tale that kids and adults will love. The narration is also superb!
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Review by / (Posted on 11/28/2011)
A classic with excellent narration!
A Christmas Carol is the classic story of Scrooge and the spirits who visit him one winter night to change his stingy, evil ways. I'd seen the movie a few thousand times but never read the book, and considering what time of year this is, I thought it'd be a good time to go for an audio version. I loaded it on the iPod for a road trip and we listened to it as we covered some miles.

The book is divided into five stages. The first half of the first one was a bit hard to get into, as the author was laying the groundwork through describing the shop, the character, and a little of the history behind Scrooge and his business. There wasn't much action and the descriptions drug on a bit, so those first 20 minutes were a little dry. But once the action got going, no one wanted to hit pause.

This is a feel-good story about learning what really matters in life, and one that I guess will never get old. What made this version of it particularly spectacular was the narrator, who has to be the most perfect fit for any audio book I've ever listened to. His voice set the mood, made me feel like I really was in England in the 1800's, and magnificently portrayed the characters throughout the story. I can't say enough about what a wonderful job he did in reading this book.

I'd recommend this one for those long drives to relatives' houses over Christmas vacation, for sitting around the fireplace while the Christmas tree is lit, or for popping in your mp3 player while you're jogging off the holiday calories. But I must warn you that it's probably going to be over the head of your small children, and some of the descriptions of the Marley's ghost at the beginning may frighten them. As for the rest of us, well, I guess we need to be frightened every now and then!

<i>Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the <a href="http://www.christianaudio.com"><b>christianaudio.</b></a> Reviewers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. </i>
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Review by / (Posted on 11/26/2011)