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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (164,131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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The spirit of Christmas has never been captured better than by Charles Dickens' masterpiece about Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and all those wonderful spirits, especially the ghost of Jacob Marley. It can be fairly stated that Dickens was so successful with A Christmas Carol, that his characters have become more well known than the title itself. In no other work of his has the recurrent them of social injustice and poverty been more powerfully and economically presented.

Although the original book is only about 100 pages in length, its compact plot structure and wonderful narrative velocity are so perfectly contrived as to make this novella an icon in world literature. Once the story begins, there is no getting off this mad dash around the fog beclouded city of gloomy London.

The story was written in 1843 in the wake of a series of poor laws directed at changes in the British welfare system. Dickens tried to alert his readers to the plight of those persons who had been displaced and driven into poverty as a result of the rapid changes taking place during the early years of the Industrial Revolution.

In A Christmas Carol, Dickens points out that the wealthy have a greater obligation to the poor than to merely pay their taxes and go on about their lives. But the greatest thing about the story is the powerful spirit of Christmas, and the healing virtue of believing in something outside of one's self. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiersten | 2/17/2014

    " This version, illustrated by P.J. Lynch, is gorgeous. ISBN: 0763631205 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Bulger | 2/16/2014

    " The most heavily influential holiday story ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona Robson | 1/24/2014

    " Until 2012, I hadn't actually read ANYTHING by Charles Dickens. I had seen plenty of film and television adaptations and this was enough to put me off. It occured to me that it was all doom and gloom, populated by people with rather silly names. However ... earlier in 2012, I devoured and adored "Great Expectations" and was the same with "A Christmas Carol". Something which cannot be transferred to screen adaptations is Dickens clever word play and characterisation. I have now downloaded his complete works to read and will look forward to trying more of his work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joao Pedro | 1/19/2014

    " I know it's such a classic, but, especially compared to other Dickens' works, it's a little bit boring and lacks rhythm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Sgambato | 1/18/2014

    " Classic which I read often at Christmas time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elevetha Houre | 1/17/2014

    " My first introduction to Dicken's work. I enjoyed well enough, esp. Stave 1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 1/16/2014

    " Well, that was a very refreshing read! I have never seen a movie, play or cartoon of A Christmas Carol or read this before. Now that I have finished this book, I have to say... WONDERFUL! The best way to convey the message of love, kindness, and generosity to all! There is a little bit of Scrooge in me at times, and this makes me more thoughtful to say the least. It took me longer to read than I thought it would. I love Dickens' writing, but did have to read and re-read several paragraphs to be sure I fully comprehended what was being conveyed. I am so happy I went slowly and absorbed every word. He is a genius with words, no doubt. This book makes me appreciate the simple things in life more than any other! I recommend this book for EVERYONE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey | 1/13/2014

    " I never read this, just have seen lots of representations in movies, pop culture, etc.! A lovely little story. I will try to read it every year at Christmastime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micaela | 12/24/2013

    " one of my all-time favorite books!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Eyers | 12/19/2013

    " It really added something extra to the month of December. Obviously everyone knows the story but even that fact didn't detract from the enjoyment. In fact it was quite interesting to see the original text how it was written, will give new meaning anytime I see one of the film versions "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 12/13/2013

    " Annual comfort read, but this year treated myself to the Kobo edition on the PC. Still a great book, second only to the film from which it was taken - A Muppets' Christmas Carol. Mr. Dickens stays fairly faithful to the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 12/12/2013

    " I've always liked this story. It's a bit silly, but really quite cute. And, of course, a classic. Dickens' writing is rather amusing in that the English is a bit dated, and it's sometimes evident that he got paid per word. Nonetheless, I like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celia | 11/30/2013

    " very good story-I am not always a Dickens fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 11/25/2013

    " Dickens evokes the Victorian era so well, a little gem "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer | 11/25/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books. I read it every year and I find myself enjoying it more each time. It goes without saying that Dickens is a master. I may have to start reading this outside of the Xmas season. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee Anna | 8/23/2013

    " I will probably end up listening/reading this again.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Swike | 6/8/2013

    " I read this to my children, one chapter or Ghost visit a night. If you only know the movie versions, the book is well worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lys | 3/26/2013

    " I loved reading this story finally. There are quite a lot of humorous lines that you could never get in the movies. Referring to an annotated version helped to explain a few of the passages that I didn't understand. I found the whole book fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Cortesi | 8/19/2012

    " First time I have read it....and I *really* did enjoy it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Applewhite | 5/22/2012

    " Read with students in school. What a great way to teach valuable social lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holli | 4/3/2012

    " Finally made a point to read this Christmas classic. Although familiar with the story, reading the original was a treat. The language used, the descriptions, the story itself is wonderful. We read it as a family and it was enjoyed by all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Joseph | 4/1/2012

    " This is a great but great story about Ebenezer Scrooge and I should say that this is one of the best book which comes nearest to the Christmas theme... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/29/2012

    " lessons are to never exclude yourself from others, become generous, and enjoy life's joys and camaraderie with humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Bosworth | 9/4/2011

    " fantastic Christmas story. the best ever in my opinion. dickens was a genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Brunton | 8/31/2011

    " A timless classic even if it does take a while to read, mainly due to the olde world english but well worth taking your time with. To date the only dickens i have wrote and was quite impressed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn Hewetson | 6/29/2011

    " Watched Ashley do a story telling of the, read it myself again, told it to my Tuesday night group. I love this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spring | 6/28/2011

    " A must have! I marveled at the descriptive skills of Charles Dickens.a great read.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthy | 6/25/2011

    " I've always wanted to read the real version of this story and because I've grown hearing it every Christmas, I never bothered to actually read it. There was nothing new to add but yet, I still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dodokins | 6/24/2011

    " And every christmas, I ask myself what will I see when the spirits come? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 6/23/2011

    " Ebeneezer Scrooge - one of the best realised characters in literature :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zohaib | 6/23/2011

    " This is a good book as good as the film perhaps even better
    :)
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heath | 6/21/2011

    " You can't go wrong with Dickens. This is a classic that everyone should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cissi "Invisible but Invincible" | 6/20/2011

    " One of my favorites. Can't wait to see my old school perform the play next year! So exciting! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryl | 6/19/2011

    " I finally read the book, and loved it! If you like the classic tale, the book is a fun read. The TV and film versions I've seen all have many direct quotes from Dickens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 6/14/2011

    " Just delightful. Dickens is only surpassed by Disney. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/13/2011

    " Performed as a readers' theater in high school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 6/9/2011

    " I think that this book was very vivid and creative because it has a moral within itself. It teaches you to be generous and kind to others, rather than be a selfish, greedy person that everybody will hate. This book is truly wonderful, almost like a classic within itself. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rondell | 6/8/2011

    " it was a pleasure reading this book because i think the guy at the end of all his trials learn that you cant be selfish ,greedy and mean all his life and he learn that being unselifish anf creshirish it for the best .


    p.s i spelled a word wrong correct me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 6/5/2011

    " I loved reading the original story because I have seen so many film versions of the Dickens classic. Dickens' writing style is well-crafted and entertaining as well. I found myself laughing at some of the side comments Dickens makes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 6/3/2011

    " Loved it! could read it over and over! "

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