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Publisher's Summary

‘And the fruiterers were radiant in their glory. There was great, round, pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped like the waistcoats of jolly old gentlemen, lolling at the doors, and tumbling out into the street in their apoplectic opulence. There were ruddy, brown-faced, broad-girthed Spanish Onions, shining in the fatness of their growth like Spanish Friars, and winking from their shelves in wanton slyness at the girls as they went by, and glanced demurely at the hung up mistletoe.’
A Christmas Carol is a work of power and beauty. It has delighted and enthralled readers since it was first published in 1843. Perhaps Charles Dickens’ best-loved work, the story follows the trials and tribulations of Ebenezer Scrooge, man of business and notorious skinflint even by the City’s stringent standards, who is taken on a journey of self-discovery by his late business partner, the spirit Jacob Marley, with the help of three supernatural apparitions: the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. Many adaptations, be they on film, television, or in the theatre, fail to capture it whole, often reducing it to over-sentimentalised syrup. Certainly there is pathos and sentimentality here in good measure, there are tears to be shed in the company of the Cratchit family and Tiny Tim, but there is so much more: politics, religion, morality, social history, London low life, London high life, and a large measure of Christmas cheer. Vivid scenes describing festive foodstuffs on display on snowy London pavements; the shocking, squalid vision of two children, Ignorance and Want; the pivotal scene in which Scrooge is released from his engagement are all essential, all interconnected, all enthralling. A Christmas Carol is a book that deserves to be heard in its unabridged form and in this un-stuffy, vibrant reading for Magpie Audio, narrator Greg Wagland brings the story to life.
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By Jem Jem on 12-12-11

Touching Christmas Classic

What did you love best about A Christmas Carol?

It is a timeless piece that brings the true meaning of Christmas Joy back to who ever hears it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Carol?

I mostly enjoy the reaction of Scrooge when he see's Tiny Tim's possible death and how it effects his family.

What does Greg Wagland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought the characters to life using his talents with voice manipulation. Each character came alive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I felt real happiness when Scooge decided to change his ways at the end of the story. When ever I'm depressed as many of us are during the holidays this ending lightens my heart and makes me glad again it's the holidays... makes me feel hope.

Any additional comments?

It's a classic everyone should read or hear atleast once. I know when they do they will want to hear it again and again. It's for all ages in my opinion weither it's in book/audio, movie, or animation. It transends the gereration barriers and brings everyone together.

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By Robert Cullen on 11-30-16

Great Christmas story

Told brilliantly. It reminds me of watching it on tv as a kid. Really enjoyed it.

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By GenKan on 03-27-15

Lovely Christmas Classic!!

If you could sum up A Christmas Carol in three words, what would they be?

Lovely change of hearts

Which scene did you most enjoy?

At the very beginning when Scrooge replied HUMBUG to Merry Christmas, I knew its was going to be good

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Being visited by ghosts dose not seem like a pleasant experience and this is no exception. Poor Scrooge

Any additional comments?

Lovely classic, seen a million versions of this but this is clearly the best. Will reread over Christmas

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