Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Dickens lesser-known Christmas novella, The Chimes, read by the actor Geoffrey Palmer. Toby Trotty; Veck, a downtrodden ticket-porter, is struggling with a decision. Will a visitation from spirits help him see the light? Scathing, dark, but also heart-warming, The Chimes is a thought-provoking Christmas read for fans of Dickens’ social commentary.
Part of a series of abridged, vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.
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Good... but Flawed
Sure, I enjoyed this book and don't regret the listening time. I just won't be listening to it again. To me, a three-star review doesn't mean it's a bad book, it's just... average.
I have no complaints with the narrator, but he couldn't raise this above a three-star. This is Dickens going for a not-so-subtle social commentary on poverty, of course. It's just a bit heavy-handed in this one, and I finished the story not uplifted so much as feeling I'd had a narrow escape from a very, very hopeless tale. I'm sure that's what he was going for but, really? There are so many other ways to say the same thing, and Dickens does it well in other books.
Geoffrey Palmer beats the "Dickens on Dickens" version hands down, as that rendition is over the top. At least I didn't feel I was being beaten over the head with the "hopelessness" in an already fairly bleak tale.
Sure, listen to it. It's, after all, NOT "A Christmas Carol," so if you need something different at Christmas, there's this. But I wouldn't recommend spending a credit on it, or spending full price.
This is NOT a bad book, how can Dickens ever be, really? But there's a whole helluva lot out there that is worth listening to. If you want something GREAT? Oh, DO get "Jacob T. Marley!" Now there's another, more delightful way to spend your Christmas!
- Gillian "SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!"
A lesser Christmas tale
- Marie "Professional librarian type, amateur historian."