- Audio CD: 3 pages
- Publisher: AudioGO Limited; Unabridged edition (1 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471310388
- ISBN-13: 978-1471310386
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (566 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Christmas Carol Audio CD – Audiobook, 8 Oct 2012
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"Captures with phenomenal detail the story's spookiness and glee, in masterly, muted watercolours." Culture Magazine, The Sunday Times" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
An ideal Christmas gift for children and adults alike. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.See all Product Description
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The first time I came across this book it was a bridged version meant for children and as I got older I read the full story. It was the first Dickens book I read and I'm glad to say it wasn't the last. I never get tired of this story. I read it every Christmas and even though it has been thirty years since I first read it, Christmas Eve wouldn't be the same without this little indulgence.
You may think that because you have seen one of the numerous adaptations of this story that it doesn't really matter if you read the original. Don't make that mistake I beg you; this is one treat you shouldn't miss.
I have a tradition of reading 'A Christmas Carol' every December, as it is my all-time favourite Dickens story.
With Dickens' words and the wonderfull illustrations, this is an edition to treasure for years to come.
This means that the potential purchaser of an audiobook of a Christmas Carol is spoilt for choice. Alternative versions by the likes of Martin Jarvis, Patrick Stewart, David Jason, Anton Lesser and Geoffrey Palmer are available, so why should anybody bother with this one?
In two words ... Tom Baker.
His rich, expressive and instantly familiar voice is perfectly suited to this material. As a long time admirer of the works of Dickens, Baker is more than able to wring every drop of humour and pathos from the finely crafted prose.
Unlike some other versions, this is unabridged, so you can enjoy the complete story. Highly recommended, this is sure to become a Christmas favourite in many households.
I was unsure when I first ordered this version as the picture and description didn't give much away, other than it was printed as the original was on first publishing and it contained the iconinc John Leech designs. However I am over the moon with the presentation of this book. First of all it comes encased in a hard and durable slip case (with the picture you see in the description above printed on the cover). I was glad to see it was not a flimsy card slip case but something that looked nice and will protect the actual book.
Inside the slip case is a red hard back book (small in size, about fifteen-sixteen centimetres in length)with bevelled holly decorations around the outside and a gold embossed holly design in the middle with the title. The spine also features this gold embossed design. It looks absolutely wonderful. The pages have been gold leafed for that extra touch and inside the pages use the original typeface and designs from David Leach. There's a preface to the book which makes an intersting read including Charles Dickens handwritten preface and drafts. Perhaps best of all is the wonderful illustrations and wood cuttings throughout from John Leech, wonderfully printed here on quality paper.
The story is also as the original was (there have been many abridged and altered versions). We all know the story by now, but for the young who may not I can't think of a better gift to receive than this. It will be cherished for a long time by me and I'm sure many others who purchase it. For the price it's an absolute bargain.
If you already own any copy of the book, add this one too. As it is probably one of the most sumptious copies around. Thick glossy pages and beautiful illustrations, make this a joy for years to come!
I collect different print versions of Dickens' books, and this without a doubt is one of the lovliest I have ever seen.
Get it and make it part of your holiday season.
This tale of a miserly and yes, tragic man's redemption and conversion by supernatural means must be familiar to nearly everbody by now; it is my favourite story, especially when the evenings lengthen and the nights grow chill. I have seen many film versions; I have heard Bransby William's celebrated if abbreviated version across three 12" 78 rpm sides.... and now let me review Tom Baker's excellent reading of the full text of "A Christmas Carol"
This is not a dramatisation, but a full reading (even as Dickens might have done in public) of the text with the merest trifle of atmospheric music and effects to add a festive seasoning.
Listening to it I felt like a child again, being told a story by a favourite uncle; Tom Baker does provide a slight variation of his usual voice for dialogue from different principals (although Jacob Marley did recall Henry Crun to an extent) but the sensation of raptly sitting by firelight was palpable, and I was enthralled.
I know this story well, yet Dickens' words seemed new.....
Can this tale really be 175 years old, set in a world alien to most readers experience and still resonate in the human breast? Yes, yes and... yes.
An excellent tale told by an excellent raconteur. BRAVO!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I brought this to read a Christmas Carol. But the other stories in this book are good too. I enjoyed reading the whole book. And it's such a lovely book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ms. K. A. Samples
Got this for my son who is grown up, think I was going through my, everyone's forgotten the meaning of Christmas phases, anyway he loved it.Published 14 days ago by Momma's Babi
Ok but not edition as pictured. My daughter was hoping for the blue cover as shown.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer