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Download A Christmas Carol (Freshwater Seas Version) Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample A Christmas Carol (Freshwater Seas Version) (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Charles Dickens
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (164,733 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Susie Berneis, Robert Bethune, Tom Underwood Publisher: Freshwater Seas Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate.

This presentation of the beloved tale tells the classic story of the long night Ebenezer Scrooge spent with the ghosts of Christmas, the lessons it taught him, the change it made in his life, and the joy it brought to him and all who knew him. It tells the story the way Dickens wrote it, including scenes and descriptions other versions skip over.On this recording, the story is not merely read, it comes to life with voices and music. It is fully performed by The Voices of Freshwater Seas, a large group of skilled actors, and underscored with arrangements of over a dozen different seasonal songs and carols. It's also enhanced with both seasonal and ghostly sound effects.

Two narrators trade voices back and forth in the beginning, then one voice performs the passages in which Scrooge communes with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. The other performs the parts in which things are going on in the real world - or at least the real world as you and I know it! All the major speaking roles are performed by a full cast of wonderful voices for all the characters. You're sure to get a kick out of them!

In addition, there is also a full musical underscoring from The Tintinnabulum Project, performed with many kinds of melodic percussion. The bells of Christmas, and the chimes as well, have never rung out so sweetly as they do here, enriching and accompanying Dickens' words. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

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

    " After seeing numerous version of movies (Muppets, Mickey Mouse & more) And reading Jacob T. Marley, it was high time I read the actual and entire book. It was a great treat; the movies and plays get all the plot points and characters pretty much right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/13/2014

    " A very fun Christmas story. This book just puts me in the mode for Christmas! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Izoe | 2/8/2014

    " An absolute classic. I grew up with it. Every Christmas Eve on vinyl, family together by the fire place. Glad to have found this. "Bah! Humbug!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/2/2014

    " Say what you will about Dickens overly sentimental writing style, my wife and I read "A Christmas Carol" over the holidays and I was moved to give an extra donation to my local homeless shelter, in part due to the very frightening descriptions of ghosts chained to money-bags and check ledgers described in this story. Great writing? No, put still effective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deena | 1/22/2014

    " I decided watching a variety of adaptations of A Christmas Carol just wasn't cutting it. That it was high time I dust off the original and give it a whirl. The writing is so beloved and brought with it such a flow of Christmas nostalgia. Looks like I have a new Christmas tradition! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rini | 1/21/2014

    " My first encounter with this book was three years ago, when Literature subject explained me some good authors, and Charles Dickens was mentioned as one of the exceptional one. Besides, there was personal reason why I read this. *yawn, to be continued* -_- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darrell | 1/17/2014

    " It is easy to see why this book is so popular. Reading it felt like I was being invited to participate in something grand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich Brown | 1/16/2014

    " How many times have I seen the movie versions but never read the book! What a wonderful story! I think I am going to make this an annual tradition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lumin | 1/11/2014

    " I liked how Scrooge had changed at the end, how he can see the true meaning of true Christmas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 1/3/2014

    " This book is so much darker than any of its many movies and shows. I actually like it better. Well maybe not when it comes to the Muppet version, but hey who doesn't like the Muppet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hal Brodsky | 1/2/2014

    " You think you know this story, but do you remember the miners ? I thought not. This is some of our greatest author's most accessible writing, so pick up or download a copy of this Novella. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/22/2013

    " I have 6 different versions of A Christmas Carol on D.V.D but wanted to read the book for myself, and it was brilliant, I really enjoyed it :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann-kristin Nordmark | 12/10/2013

    " I love this book. Have read it again and again. It is a must read and it means that you are forever in love with it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena Hatch | 10/12/2013

    " 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 BardotInBlue | 10/11/2013

    " I do have a soft spot for Dickens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel Manuel | 9/11/2013

    " A great, quick read, and a pleasant one after seeing the various movie versions over the years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyricsninja | 10/19/2012

    " I'm glad that i picked this up to actually take a real read on it after having seen so many versions of movies, plays, tv specials, etc. Dickens really does a superb job of painting an vibrant picture of the times that cannot be reached by any amount of physical scenery. books > movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Riley | 8/1/2012

    " Obviously I know the ending of this book as I have seen many adaptations, but this was the first time I had read the original! I think everyone should read this book, no matter the season. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Minecraft:) | 6/8/2012

    " this book sucks some major ass "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus M. | 11/13/2011

    " 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 Alaina | 10/19/2011

    " One of my favorites. Look forward to reading it every year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 10/14/2011

    " All time family favourite. We have read through it for Christmas parties taking tuns with different parts and voices. Takes about 4 1/2 hours with breaks for wassail and refreshments. "

  • 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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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.