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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (164,386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Frank Pettingell Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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Frank Pettingell reads the classic Christmas tale. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helle | 1/4/2014

    " Part of the joy of reading this classic Christmas tale is being so familar with it from having watched various movie versions of it over the years - and then reading the original by the master himself. With its witty style, quirky language (and massive overuse of semicolons!), appeal to the good of mankind (via ghosts!) and Victorian London ambience, it is no wonder that this is the alltime Christmas classic in English literature. Its length is a plus as well; the message is rather more succinctly expressed than in other of Dickens' lengthy tomes. I love how, in this day and age, a story which is more than 150 years old is still highly relevant and appreciated for its timelessness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/1/2014

    " Not the first time I've read this book, but it is a classic read for Christmas Eve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Guzzo | 12/31/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books. Typically I re-read during the Christmas season. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Schulstrom | 12/30/2013

    " I read this book almost every Christmas. I know some people think it's over-rated, but I love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bettie Kunz | 12/12/2013

    " Excellent story to teach a positive relationship. "

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

    " Well this book was pretty awesome. Some of the old english terms were hard to understand at first but I slowly figured them all out. It was quite enjoyable and it has been on my list of books to read for sometime now. I am glad that I did. I loved it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie | 11/28/2013

    " I was so young at the time that I found it boring, but I bet if I read it now I'd love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 11/20/2013

    " The tale begins on Christmas Eve seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first stave (chapter) as a greedy and stingy businessman who has no place in his life for kindness, compassion, charity, or benevolence. After being warned by Marley's ghost to change his ways, Scrooge is visited by three additional ghosts "each in its turn" who accompany him to various scenes with the hope of achieving his transformation. The first of the spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes Scrooge to the scenes of his boyhood and youth which stir the old miser's gentle and tender side by reminding him of a time when he was more innocent. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, takes Scrooge to several radically differing scenes (a joy-filled market of people buying the makings of Christmas dinner, the family feast of Scrooge's near-impoverished clerk Bob Cratchit, a miner's cottage, and a lighthouse among other sites) in order to evince from the miser a sense of responsibility for his fellow man. The third spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, harrows Scrooge with dire visions of the future if he does not learn and act upon what he has witnessed. Scrooge's own neglected and untended grave is revealed, prompting the miser to aver that he will change his ways in hopes of changing these "shadows of what may be." In the fifth and final stave, Scrooge awakens Christmas morning with joy and love in his heart, then spends the day with his nephew's family after anonymously sending a prize turkey to the Crachit home for Christmas dinner. Scrooge has become a different man overnight, and now treats his fellow men with kindness, generosity, and compassion, gaining a reputation as a man who embodies the spirit of Christmas. The story closes with the narrator confirming the validity, completeness, and permanence of Scrooge's transformation.Amazon.com Review In the history of English literature, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, which has been continuously in print since it was first published in the winter of 1843, stands out as the quintessential Christmas story. What makes this charming edition of Dickens's immortal tale so special is the collection of 80 vivid illustrations by Everett Shinn (1876-1953). Shinn, a well-known artist in his time, was a popular illustrator of newspapers and magazines whose work displayed a remarkable affinity for the stories of Charles Dickens, evoking the bustling street life of the mid-1800s. Printed on heavy, cream-colored paper stock, the edges of the pages have been left rough, simulating the way in which the story might have appeared in Dickens's own time. Though countless editions of this classic have been published over the years, this one stands out as particularly beautiful, nostalgic, and evocative of the spirit of Christmas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 11/17/2013

    " This book is my annual must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina Depue | 11/12/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ani | 11/5/2013

    " I absolutely loved it. Over the years I've become very jaded with the story and have felt that it was overdone--that is until now, having actually read the original. By far surpassing every screen depiction. The descriptions and use of language are wonderfully evocative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee Anna | 11/5/2013

    " 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 Izoe | 11/5/2013

    " 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!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 8/30/2013

    " 'I wear the chain I forged in life,' replied the Ghost 'I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Cepero | 8/27/2013

    " I really enjoyed finally reading this story. After seeing it done in so many ways on the big and little screen, it was nice to read it. Definitely a quick read too! Could have read in one day if I gave myself a couple of hours to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay Farnworth | 8/2/2013

    " This book was poetic and beautiful to read. It wrapped me up in a world that no TV show or film adaptation ever could. The original is most certainly the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggee | 8/2/2013

    " It was ok. I read it over a long period of time so i was not sure what was going on during the middle, but I am glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jfhaft | 5/28/2013

    " Never disappoints. An incredibly well written study of human nature. Renews eternal belief that there is hope for everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Jarvis | 1/29/2013

    " I try to read this every Christmas. Dickens knows how to capture the spirit of the season. His writing is beautiful. The words jump off of the page into beautiful images. This is a "sitting cozy by the front window with a big pot of tea" kind of read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha (Sammi) | 1/10/2013

    " Loved it! Pleasantly surprised how much is used in film adaptations; I should think because it can't be bettered! I look forward to reading it again during Christmas 2013. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 4/14/2012

    " I actually prefer the movie over the book. I don't say that often. My favorite renditions are Disney's A Christmas Carol and the 1938 version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wesley Diggs | 4/4/2012

    " Nonplussed. I'll read it again though to give it a second chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/3/2012

    " My favorite classic Christmas story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dibya Pal | 12/13/2011

    " A great story that can be related to our day to day life and the deamd of inner conscience in today's contemporary world. "

  • 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.