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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781400181292
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Charles Dickens is known not only for his novels but also for his shorter works. Particularly notable are his five Christmas novellas, especially A Christmas Carol. In this genre, Dickens’ stories had a powerful commercial impulse, for it became an annual tradition for the author to publish one in time for the holiday season between 1843 and 1847. Three Short Stories brings together a trio of the celebrated author’s Christmas stories: “The Cricket on the Hearth,” “The Battle of Life,” and “The Haunted Man.” All three emphasize family love and the delights of home, but there is more to these stories than surface sentimentality. Each year, a whole nation would eagerly anticipate these tales, telling us much about the age Dickens lived in. And these stories never would have survived without roots and power.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeroen Berndsen | 8/6/2012

    " Not as good as volume I in my humble opinion, but still good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Valente | 5/14/2009

    " Dickens wrote 4 other Christmas books after A Christmas carol. This volume has 3, and although they are beautifully written in places and deal with similar themes, the plots are a bit contrived and overly sentimental. Still worth reading, though not overtly Christmassy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 10/2/2007

    " You can always count on Dickens to have a hearth scene in his Christmas stories. "

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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

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.