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A Christmas Carol

Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!'

Charles Dickens' ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

Starring: Sir Derek Jacobi as Dickens, Kenneth Cranham as Ebenezer Scrooge, Roger Allam as Jacob Marley, Brendan Coyle as The Ghost Of Christmas Past, Miriam Margolyes as The Ghost Of Christmas Present, Tim Mcinnerny as The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come, Jamie Glover as Bob Cratchit, Emily Bruni as Mrs. Cratchit, Jenna Coleman as Belle, Joshua James as Young Scrooge And Hugh Skinner as Fred

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An outstanding production.

This wonderful tale by Charles Dickens is beautiful produced by Audible with outstanding performances by a casy ably led by Sir Derek Jacobi. A definite must listen. You will be visibly moved!

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Not Just a Story for Christmas

It is a good adaptation of a timeless piece of literature. This Dickens story must be up there for one of the most read/heard/watched/adapted.

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The first time I’ve heard the whole story

How wonderful, the performances and theatrical background was perfect for this classic tale. It felt right to be listening to this story Rather than reading it, Like I was transported back to Charles Dickens time. I hope there are more classics done like this, great job 😀❤️

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I love this story

excellent performance, It is a wonderful story for all ages. this performance is excellent. thank you

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Wonderful production.

This was fantastic. Superb performances and a terrific story. Kenneth Cranham is brilliant as Mr Scrooge. The story is as magical today as it was in Dickens day.
Highly recommend!

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Dickens at his best

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The characters came alive when beautifully read by Sir Derek Jacobi. A wonderful story and I highly recommend it.,

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A Christmas Carol

love it it's like a little play just let your imagination go sit back and relax.

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Amazing!

I always love dramatised versions of books and this was brilliantly done all the way down to the music, singing right through to the credits at the end. Love the cast! Brilliant!

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Very enjoyable

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The performances and characterisations were charming. I really enjoyed the narration and cannot believe that I'm in my 40s and hearing/reading this tale for the first time!

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Very glad that I picked up this little book!

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Wonderful rendition of a classic

i loved this version. Kenneth Cranham add Ebenzer was just right. I really enjoyed all the voices. definitely worth listening to.

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  • Helen
  • 24-12-2016

A Christmas classic

Excellent quality production. The well known story was brought to life by these talented narrators. Lovely to listen too.

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  • Melissa Rose
  • 03-11-2019

Fantastic

Listening to this beautiful production of A Christmas Carol was the perfect way to kick off my festive listening season. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the incredible cast bring this classic to life; it was very much like being at a play without the visual aspect. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this audio drama to other listeners.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-12-2016

Classic

Classic story, one that hopefully every generation can at least enjoy once in its original form. Timless & still enjoyable

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  • Highlight
  • 14-12-2016

THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

This was an Audible.uk free Christmas Gift for 2016. A full cast drama with a perfect cast acting out a splendid production of Charles Dickens Classic ghost story. This production is so atmospheric and stays true to the storyline with Dickens wierd and wonderful characters we all love. Thank you Audible.

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  • Lo
  • 17-01-2017

Great Christmas treat

This was a great retelling of a classic.
The cast did a great job of bringing the story to life.
Thank audible for the free gift. :)

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  • Christopher Mitchell
  • 24-12-2017

A mixed bag

I've read, listened to and watched A Christmas Carol a hundred times and in over a dozen different variations, and know its story very well, as I would hope we all do. While I appreciate - to some degree - the need for modernisation so that younger readers, listeners and viewers, might understand the more "old fashioned" phrases Mr Dickens enjoyed employing, I always feel a little sad when classic lines are changed for the sake of a recording or adaptation. Still; I will not begrudge the need for change, provided of course we acknowledge the original work. In regards to this adaptation; I could find little to complain about, albeit my own innate need to read the lines and quote the book along with the performance sometimes had me babbling nonsense as I tried to recite and listen simultaneously. However, I believe that giving a voice to the Ghost of Christmas Future was a mistake. Meaning no ill will towards the performer that provided the voice, but that particular spirit is meant to remain silent and unknowable, an entity we cannot fully understand or comprehend, and giving it a voice humanises it in a way that is not altogether pleasant, and begs the question of why it does not answer Scrooge's questions when he gives voice to his concerns, for if it can speak; it must surely understand speech, and thus understand Scrooge's plight, and is able to give an answer. A silent spirit needs no such explanation and presents a more ethereal visage, so I am I think understandably disappointed with that particular choice. Other than that point though, it is a reasonably good adaptation.

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  • Welsh girl
  • 15-12-2016

A Christmas treat

What an excellent retelling of this story. Performances were as you would expect from such performers .Although the tale is well known it was a joy to listen to and I would thoroughly recommend it to almost anyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-2016

beautiful

Read , heard , seen the story before and still I am moved once more , it made me smile , it brought a tear in the corner of my eye ...thanks

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  • TRACY Q.
  • 14-12-2016

Delightful

Wonderfully performed and really enjoyed revisiting a Christmas Carol with a hot toddy and my feet up, Merry Christmas 😊

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  • P J Faulkner
  • 14-12-2016

A Christmas Present

Everything about it was good; in fact it was very good. Thank you Audio for a wonderful Christmas present.

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  • Richard Bibby
  • 14-12-2016

great adaptation

very engaging will probably listen every Christmas 🎄. enjoyed the spirits. Not a bah humbug in sight.

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  • Cpac123
  • 14-12-2016

Just Brilliant

Beautifully done, well worth a listen, loved that it got slightly haunting with the third ghost

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  • SBRAL
  • 14-12-2016

Merry Christmas

This is a very enjoyable version of a true classic, made all the better by the various voice actors who bring the tale to life and make you want to continue to listen. 5/5

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