Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry (Christmas Books #1), by Charles Dickens (author), Tim Curry (narrator)

Audible, December 2010 (original publication 1843)

This is a great performance of a wonderful classic.

I think there are few people who don't know the story: Ebenezer Scrooge, tight-fisted businessman who calls Christmas a humbug and has no use for charity or kindness, goes home on Christmas Eve, and is visited by the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley. Marley warns him of the fate he has been forging for himself by caring  only for business and not for other people, but promises him he has one last chance at salvation.

He will be visited by three spirits: the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Be. Scrooge is not delighted at this news, but it's not a choice for him. The spirits are coming.

Tim Curry animates the characters with power, flexibility, and control. We feel the chill of Scrooge's office, and rooms, and heart, and correspondingly the warmth of his nephew's home and heart, as well as Bob Cratchit's home, heart, and family. We hear, and thereby see and feel, the hardships of Victorian London, as well as its life and color.

This is a great way to enjoy this wonderful classic of the Christmas season.

Recommended.

I received this book free as a member of the Ford Audiobook Club.