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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (640 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Geoffrey Palmer Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Dickens lesser-known Christmas novella, The Chimes, read by the actor Geoffrey Palmer. Toby Trotty; Veck, a downtrodden ticket-porter, is struggling with a decision. Will a visitation from spirits help him see the light? Scathing, dark, but also heart-warming, The Chimes is a thought-provoking Christmas read for fans of Dickens' social commentary.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/19/2014

    " Kind of like It's a Wonderful Life "

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

    " This was a mind juggler for me! I liked the story but it really took some deep concentration, of which, I don't have much lately. I might have enjoyed this novel about fresh starts in the New Year and finding happiness in all your surroundings, if I would've had better focus. It's a short read but not a light read. Not my favorite Dickens book, but the message was rewarding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri Turner | 2/2/2014

    " This story was very similar to A Christmas Carol, yet somehow lacked a bit of its charm. The characters were engaging, and a few enraged me so much that it was hard to believe they were fictional, but the story meanders a little too much for my liking. I also felt that the ending left a few things loose - in A Christmas Carol, the 'bad' character gets his comeuppance, yet in The Chimes the character who does all the learning is certainly not the one who really deserves to be taught a lesson. Also, I thought that the reasoning for his needing to be taught a lesson was a little weak - but that just might be me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Canny | 1/19/2014

    " Another great audio rendition from B.J. Harrison, The Classic Tales Podcast, and thebestaudiobooks.com. Its like a New Years Christmas Carol. Some of the passages cut to the bone and are not at all what I would expect from Dickens, though maybe that just means I need to read more Dickens rather than depending on pop culture to provide the stories in viddy form. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/17/2013

    " Basically a re-write of A Christmas Carol, but not as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/27/2013

    " Dickens' meanderings sometimes lost me, until I read a summary on Sparksnotes. Then I could follow the story easily. The chimes called me to repentance, as they did Toby. It is good to remember that we are all in this world together and need to see each other as equals, rather than hierarchically. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Martindale | 11/15/2013

    " Not bad, but rather confusing, it has a meaning, but left me scratching my head wonder what exactly it is. It does portray the plight of the poor and the attitude of the privileged against the poor "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 11/8/2013

    " This book does not quite work for me. Very confusing plot and extremely labored narration. I only give it two stars, because Dickens has occasional dialogue that is truly thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nadyne | 10/18/2013

    " Sometimes I love Dickens's book, and sometimes I don't. Well, The Chimes wasn't for me. I was lucky that I also had it as an audiobook, because I'm not sure I would have finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 9/17/2013

    " Weird story but well crafted as you follow a crazy man through his thoughts and dreams, desiring only love and happiness for his family. Not as loveable or classic as Christmas Carol but still worth a read, even if only to see Dickens' craft with words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha (Sammi) | 9/6/2013

    " Love Dickens! About the down trodden and contrasts in people with and without money. Very similar theme to 'A Christmas Carol' but about how different events can change lifetimes - Dickens always worthy of a read - and this one is not too lengthy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 9/2/2013

    " Wasn't my favorite Dicken's but is a good quick read if your looking for something New Year's themed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 8/27/2013

    " One of the Christmas Books. An excellent story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Atlantis | 7/19/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. It's about finding hope for the New Year. It is part of a trilogy that includes "The Christmas Carol." It's not long and a perfect book to ring in the New Year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 7/11/2013

    " I love Charles Dickens and this is a good one. It makes me think the writers of "It's a Wonderful Life" read this before they wrote the screenplay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 5/28/2013

    " You can't go wrong with Dickens can you? No, I didn't think so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey Georges | 2/26/2013

    " A little too preachy for my tastes, but it definitely has it's moments... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gena Lott | 2/9/2013

    " A shorter Dickens work. Not my favorite, but all Dickens books are worth reading, if for no other reason than because of the music he creates with the words on the page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Davechri | 2/6/2013

    " I give it 2 stars just because I'm generous. Deserving of 1 star. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/22/2013

    " Read my full review at The Beauty of Eclecticism. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eliz24 | 12/27/2012

    " this was a really weird book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Malcolm | 4/6/2012

    " It is easy to see why this novella has been neglected. It has little of the appeal of A Christmas Carol. The central character, Trotty Veck is a kindly, well meaning old man whose supernatural experience fails to engage the reader. "

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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

Geoffrey Palmer is a prominent actor known for his roles in British sitcoms, including The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Butterflies, and As Time Goes By. In 2004, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his longstanding services to acting and drama.