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I think A Christmas Carol is a book best enjoyed when being read aloud. The writing is beautiful, as of course is the language. The opening sentence is still one of my favourites and spending the first three paragraphs being assured that Marley absolutely is dead was much more entertaining then it probably should have been.

I loved the way Dickens addresses the reader throughout, which is another reason I think this is so suited for reading to or having someone read it to you. My copy came with extra little notes to explain some of the less known sayings which were helpful.

A Christmas Carol is so well known that you aren't really in for any surprises. That said I did think that you gain a much better understanding of Scrooge from the book.

For this time of year I can't think of another book as suited.
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on 26 December 2013
I think that the review by F E Hamilton was attached to the wrong annotated Christmas Carol. This has annotations throughout; the original illustrations plus many others; and a suitable cover (,as is clear from the picture on Amazon).

This is a well produced high quality edition with helpful annotations.

Beware that the Kindle and paperback 'Christmas Carol's linked with this book and not versions of the hardback described here. This may have led to the confusion referred to above.
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on 28 November 2012
When purcahasing this item I thought there would be more and better illustrations. If you just want the storey the book is fine.
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on 24 February 2014
This book is my favorite Christmas story. I'm so happy that I now found the one I wanted to own.
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on 24 August 2013
Very sad that the front cover was so totally inappropriate and that none of the original illustrations were featured.
The annotated sections were OK, but more like separate essays at the back of the book. It's better to have comments running along with the text.
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on 29 December 2014
Great
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