Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Christmas Collection

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Sam Goodyear
  • 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This audiobook features the classic A Christmas Carol, narrated by actor and performer Sam Goodyear, and 10 more of Dickens' most famous and best-loved Christmas stories to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth. Dickens was the man who almost literally created the spirit of Christmas as we know it today. The 10 stories include "A Christmas Tree", "Nobody's Story", "Seven Poor Travelers", "The Child's Story", "The Christmas Dinner", "The Haunted House", "The Holly Tree", "The Poor Relations", "The Schoolboy's Story", and "What Christmas Means to Us as We Grow Older": seven hours of listening pleasure during the holiday season.

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My review has nothing to do with " A Christmas Carol" since we all know it is a classic. The quality of the recording was terrible. I sounded like an amateur recording of a live performance. I listened in the car and it got so loud at times it made me wince. I was constantly adjusting the volume. The sound was not clear and as an extra added attraction, the narrator would announce, Track 1, Track 2, etc. at various points of the story. I did not listen to anything beyond "A Christmas Carol". Too annoying. I'm unsure of how to gauge the performance, but there was too much shouting to suit me.

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- Kathryn

UN-abridged?? Someone needs to change that.

I love the Frank Muller recording but thought I would try a different narrator and get to enjoy Dickens's other Christmas stories. Big mistake! Sam Goodyear doesn't even have an English accent, and the recording is very much "abridged". It deletes sentences, paragraphs, and even changes the prose. He sometimes changes what Dickens has as description and makes it dialoge. It should not be labeled "UNabridged".

The short stories were painful to listen to in Sam Goodyear's voice as well. I listened to two of the short stories and could not take it anymore. The set up is very poorly done. The five staves of A Christmas Carol were not the first five chapters on the recording. When I tried to find the short stories, I had to randomly press different chapters. It was very annoying. The only good aspect I can write is that Audible cares if you enjoy their books and graciously refunds your money or credit when you are dissatisfied. I love Audible! :)
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- Wendi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2012
  • Publisher: Simply Media