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The story was written in 1843 in the wake of a series of "poor laws" directed at changes in the British welfare system. Dickens tried to alert his readers to the plight of those persons who had been displaced and driven into poverty as a result of the rapid changes taking place during the early years of the Industrial Revolution.
In A Christmas Carol, Dickens points out that the wealthy have a greater obligation to the poor than to merely pay their taxes and go on about their lives. But the greatest thing about the story is the powerful spirit of Christmas, and the healing virtue of believing in something outside of one's self.
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By Mary on 12-22-09
Prefer this to the other version I own
I purchased this as my "seasonal cheer". While the story focuses on Christmas, its message is for the whole year.
Just a few days after buying this version, audible.com gave me a copy of the Tim Curry version. I have listened to both, and of the two I prefer this one.
Both are decently read. To me the Curry version reminds me of a grandfather sharing it with a child just learning to read --- slow and deliberate like he's letting the child point out words on the page as they go. To my taste, this version is narrated more smoothly, and the reader is more intent on communicating the story.
Most of us probably already know the story or at least a version of it. So the delivery is what counts. Different people will have different preferences.
The plot may not suit people who feel "Scrooge-like" at this season, but for others, it is heartwarming. Given how long ago Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, it is amazing how little of it seems dated. Its style is more leisurely and observant than it would be if written today. But the author's observations and asides rarely feel intrusive or dated.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By P. Lane on 12-16-08
I'm happy with my choice
I listened to all the samples on this book and they all sounded great to me. I chose this one because there were some sound effects that I didn't hear in the others. I was thrilled with my choice. The narrator was amazing. Many times I thought there was a cast of characters but it was just one man. I think I would have liked any of the narrators but I loved this one. I listen to many books but this is my first review.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful