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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: Drew Birdseye Publisher: Brands-to-Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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A Christmas Carol is a book by Charles Dickens that was first published in 1843 with illustrations by John Leech. The story was instantly successful, selling over 6,000 copies in one week. It was originally written in six weeks under financial pressure to help Dickens to pay off a debt, while he was writing another Christmas story. Further Christmas books, essays, and stories followed annually (except in 1847) through 1867. However, none equaled A Christmas Carol in potency. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/18/2014

    " It was a good book but it wasn't my type. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/17/2014

    " A beautifully written book. The characters come to life in this classic tale of redemption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Smith | 2/16/2014

    " I've seen many filmed versions of the classic story but never read the actual text. I was interested to see that Scrooge's conversion begins almost immediately upon seeing what the Ghost of Christmas Past shows him. In most filmed versions, it seems to take a little longer to soften Scrooge's heart. By the time the Ghost of Christmas Future shows up, Scrooge is just urging the spirit to hurry up and finish because he's already decided how he's going to celebrate the season. For all its predictability because of repetition and exposure, it's still a touching story in the end. I do wonder, though, how relevant this original version is for younger readers. Some of the vocabulary and the world it belongs to will seem totally alien to people so far removed from that era in history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Quhtani | 2/15/2014

    " Great idea and great resolution! I'm sure if I'd have read it at a different time, I'd rate it at least 4 stars! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/9/2014

    " I've had mixed feelings about my experiences with Dickens; I loved 'Great Expectations for example, whereas I was bored by 'Oliver Twist.' Obviously, I've read nowhere near enough of Dickens' works to cast doubt on his reputation as one of Britain's most popular writers. Regardless of my feelings of any of Dickens' works that I am familiar with, there is always one constant thought throughout the list; it's so easy to see why his stories are considered timeless from generation to generation. 'A Christmas Carol' joins that list and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Whether you've read it or not, chances are you're familiar with the story in one form or another, whether it's from one of the many adaptations for theatre and radio, or even the Muppets' cinematic version starring Michael Caine. Sometimes the most simplest of stories are the best, and this is definitely the case with 'A Christmas Carol.' This short story has a simple, yet effective structure. The protagonist, Ebeneezer Scrooge starts out as an ignorant individual who goes on a basic journey of enlightenment, ultimately becoming likeable as a result of his new awareness and broadened mind. What contributes to the success of this story, it's countless adaptations and significance so many years after it's release is how it is so brilliantly written. Like so many of Dickens' works, it can be said that the tale is somewhat of a critique of 19th Century industrial Capitalism in Britain. The grim backdrop of Industrial London, however, does not take away from the attractive festive descriptions of the city. I really must read more from Dickens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shellys♥ Journal | 2/8/2014

    " Watered down version of the Christmas Classic. The illustrations are great, but the story could use a little work. I think the true lesson is not as fully appreciated - although the first couple of ghosts are well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/29/2014

    " Such an awesome classic. Read this with my son and it was fantastic. A definite read for the holidays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita R | 12/24/2013

    " In my personal opinion, Dickens is a master author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Bosworth | 12/14/2013

    " 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 Lena Hatch | 12/12/2013

    " I try to read this every year around Christmastime, just to get myself in the spirit of the holiday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Applewhite | 11/7/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Woolford | 10/28/2013

    " Hands down, absolutely, positively, the most wonderful Christmas story ever written. I read this every year, making sure it is the last book I read before Christmas day. A classic, and one of the best to boot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Knowles | 8/21/2013

    " I read this every Yuletide to my family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauder | 6/21/2013

    " It is an AMAZING novel, and it is a must read for the Christmas season!!! In fact, I am probably going to stay up reading while I wait for Santa :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LÄ«ga Ločmele | 5/12/2013

    " You do not criticize Dickens. You let Dickens criticize you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyah Mitchell | 4/30/2013

    " it was boring had to read it for class and if you see my friends they read it to "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 12/15/2012

    " Classic. Everyone knows the story, but it was good to actually read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 GSGS | 5/25/2012

    " My first Dickens. Yay! It was different, but I enjoyed it. The character development was nice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal Wallar | 2/19/2012

    " Trying to get into the spirit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joao Pedro | 10/31/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus M. | 6/18/2011

    " The best short story to read coming-up to Christmas time. Christmas as we know it today probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for the influence of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/3/2010

    " A compelling take on life and the human experience. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasia | 11/8/2009

    " You Rock Charles :) ! I love to come back to this story on dECEMBER... ( TRADITION - Almost like Kavin Home alone broadcasted on tv every Christmas ;D ) "

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About the Author
Author Charles Dickens

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.

About the Narrator

Drew Birdseye, a voice-over artist, has worked extensively in advertising and audiobook narration. Among his readings are The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, Language Intelligence, by Joseph Romm, and How to Win Grants by Alan Silver.