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A Christmas Carol (Listening Library Edition) (original 1843; edition 2003)

by Charles Dickens (Author), Jim Dale (Narrator), Listening Library (Publisher)

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A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.
Member:sullijo
Title:A Christmas Carol (Listening Library Edition)
Authors:Charles Dickens (Author)
Other authors:Jim Dale (Narrator), Listening Library (Publisher)
Info:Listening Library (2003)
Collections:Digital books
Rating:****
Tags:@Audible.com, audiobook, fiction, Christmas

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1843)

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    Anonymous user: The Greatest Gift is the book that was turned into It's a Wonderful Life, probably the second best Christmas story after A Christmas Carol!
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A Visit from Ol' Jake
based upon
A Visit from St Nicholas
by Clement Clarke Moore (or maybe Major Henry Livingston, Jr.)

'Twas the night before Christmas
And Scrooge was engrossed,
When who should appear
But Jake Marley's ghost?

“Woooooooh,” said Marley.
“Waaaaaaah!” said Scrooge.
He'd not been so frightened
Since he'd tried out the luge.

“'Tis the night before Christmas,”
Said the ghost of old Jake.
“Yes I know, that's the first line,
Keep up for God's sake!”

“Alright, keep your pants on,
You grumpy old moocher.
Prepare for three more ghosts:
Past, present, and future.”

“Past, present, and future?
Those names make me tense!
And what of subjunctive?
I wish I were hence!”

“Yo,” said a new ghost,
With a shell suit and Docs.
“I'm the past, like, you know, man,
Where it totally rocks.”

“Oh God!” wailed Scrooge
At the ghost's naff attire.
“I swear I'll send those clothes
As one to the fire!”

Next up was Present,
He gave a great moan.
His existence: pure torment.
(Flappy Birds on iPhone.)

Said Scrooge: “All of this
Seems anachronistic”
(And if you think I'll rhyme that,
Then you're a whack sadistic.)

He then got a text that said
“lol, b gd =)”
To which, “I'll try, Present,”
Is what Scrooge dryly says.

Last but not least
Was the ghost of the Future.
The sight of whom hurt Scrooge
Right in the sphenosquamosal suture.

“Getting quite desperate
For rhyme words are we?”
Said the ghost to old Scrooge.
(Or, more likely, to Lee.)

“I've seen quite enough!”
Said Scrooge to old Marley,
“I promise I'll change!
Or my name isn't Charlie.”

“But your name isn't Charlie,”
Said Jake, diffidently.
“Aha, that's what you think,”
Said Scrooge from his Bentley.

And he ripped off a mask
Made of rubber (like chickens)
To reveal his true face:
That of Charles Huffam Dickens!

And I heard him exclaim,
'Ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all!
And to all a good night!” ( )
  imlee | Jul 7, 2020 |
A Visit from Ol' Jake
based upon
A Visit from St Nicholas
by Clement Clarke Moore (or maybe Major Henry Livingston, Jr.)

'Twas the night before Christmas
And Scrooge was engrossed,
When who should appear
But Jake Marley's ghost?

“Woooooooh,” said Marley.
“Waaaaaaah!” said Scrooge.
He'd not been so frightened
Since he'd tried out the luge.

“'Tis the night before Christmas,”
Said the ghost of old Jake.
“Yes I know, that's the first line,
Keep up for God's sake!”

“Alright, keep your pants on,
You grumpy old moocher.
Prepare for three more ghosts:
Past, present, and future.”

“Past, present, and future?
Those names make me tense!
And what of subjunctive?
I wish I were hence!”

“Yo,” said a new ghost,
With a shell suit and Docs.
“I'm the past, like, you know, man,
Where it totally rocks.”

“Oh God!” wailed Scrooge
At the ghost's naff attire.
“I swear I'll send those clothes
As one to the fire!”

Next up was Present,
He gave a great moan.
His existence: pure torment.
(Flappy Birds on iPhone.)

Said Scrooge: “All of this
Seems anachronistic”
(And if you think I'll rhyme that,
Then you're a whack sadistic.)

He then got a text that said
“lol, b gd =)”
To which, “I'll try, Present,”
Is what Scrooge dryly says.

Last but not least
Was the ghost of the Future.
The sight of whom hurt Scrooge
Right in the sphenosquamosal suture.

“Getting quite desperate
For rhyme words are we?”
Said the ghost to old Scrooge.
(Or, more likely, to Lee.)

“I've seen quite enough!”
Said Scrooge to old Marley,
“I promise I'll change!
Or my name isn't Charlie.”

“But your name isn't Charlie,”
Said Jake, diffidently.
“Aha, that's what you think,”
Said Scrooge from his Bentley.

And he ripped off a mask
Made of rubber (like chickens)
To reveal his true face:
That of Charles Huffam Dickens!

And I heard him exclaim,
'Ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all!
And to all a good night!” ( )
  leezeebee | Jul 6, 2020 |
I see why people like to read this every year. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
I love reading this Christmas classic every year. I bought this one because it came with illustrations. Not too much to say besides this classic tale of a man visited by three ghosts ends up changing his life and those around him.

The illustrations were pretty cut and dry, but they were still nice to see.
( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
I have read A Christmas Carol, though many years ago, and my memories of it are those of the various films - the Alastair Sim version being the pinnacle, with the Muppets a distant but creditable second place (for those of my American friends who consider the George C. Scott version the best, as much as I adore the actor himself, I am afraid you are simply wrong).


My lady took me as a surprise to see a local AmDram performance the other day, updated to the modern age and relocated to our city of Sheffield - Scrooge and Marley were a payday loan company, Tiny Tim was replaced by Tarik, a Syrian orphan fostered by the Cratchitt's and in imminent danger of deportation, sprinkled with references to the political situation both local and global.


And, for all the varied level of acting expertise and other glorious faults of an amateur production, it was superb. If anything, this emphasised the brilliance, that the story - as potentially heavy and syrupy as a Victorian pudding - is so profound and human and relevant and, appallingly, probably always will be, but with the hope of change if only we can see that our actions have consequences beyond ourselves.


I am profoundly atheistic but am far from ashamed at the lump in my throat every time I hear "Merry Christmas everybody and god bless us, every one!" ( )
  Pezski | Jun 21, 2020 |
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Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
Para começar, quero ganatir que Marley estava morto. Sobre isso não havia a menor dúvida.
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"God bless us, every one!" said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"
Marley was dead: to begin with.
If you should happen, by any unlikely chance, to know a man more blest in a laugh than Scrooge's nephew, all I can say is I should like to know him too.
[This is when Scrooge is about to meet the Ghost of Christmas Past. The clock has struck 12 and he's wondering if it's noon or midnight, even though it's dark. He's not hearing people rushing around outside, though. Because the story was first published in 1843, this snark must be about the US depression of 1837-1844.]

... This was a great relief, because 'three days after sight of this First of Exchange pay to Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge or his order,' and so forth, would have become a mere United States security if there were no days to count by.
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This work contains various editions of the unabridged book "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Please do not combine it with adaptations or abridgments, or with collections that contain additional works.
I am assuming (without any evidence!) that the Puffin children's edition is an adaptation: if you know that it is NOT, please combine with the main work, otherwise leave it be.
Specially edited for reading aloud before an audience.
ISBN 1568461828 is not a DK Eyewitness Classics edition.
ISBN 1580495796 is "Unabridged with glossary and reader's notes." "This Prestwick House edition, is an unabridged republication of A Christmas Carol, published by George Routledge and Sons, London."
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Filled with description, Charles Dickens writes about the struggles of a poor family and the despicable Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a ruthless man who only cares about himself and money. Scrooge's entire character is changed on the night of Christmas Eve when is is visited by three ghosts as he relives parts of his past and his future in order to see what has and would become of him if he does not make a dramatic change in his life. I absolutely love this story and all that it entails. It is somewhat towards the bottom of my list though because some of the description can become a bit daunting as you read this novel.
Renowned actor Tim Curry’s voice is warm, deep, and arch to the point of campiness. Curry is an actor’s actor. His voice is so distinctive as to be unmistakable. Fans of this Dickens classic will enjoy hearing Curry manifest the coterie of pithy characters that inhabit this novel, ranging from small boy to old man to dire ghost. Curry’s knowing tone suits this fable well. His dramatic but nuanced performance highlights the emotions of loss, fear, hope, and joy that inform this text. Curry takes delight in the macabre aspects of this gothic tale. His irreverent take on this famous novel heightens the drama even for listeners who know the story inside and out.
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