Charles Dickens is known not only for his novels, but also for his short stories, particularly "A Christmas Carol." In the latter genre, interestingly, these stories had a powerful commercial impulse, for they were serialized in magazines at the Christmas season. "The Cricket on the Hearth," "The Battle of Life", and "The Haunted Man" were written for the Christmas market, and all lay emphasis on family love and the delights of home. But there is more to these stories than surface sentimentality: their eager anticipation by a whole nation tells us much about the age Dickens lived in. And these stories never would have survived without roots and power.More
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is undoubtedly his most famous story about the holiday. But this audiobook collects three other novellas that he wrote for Christmas.
The first one, The Cricket on the Hearth, concerns a wealthy miser named Tackleton who nearly destroys two families before he’s redeemed by the holiday spirit. The Battle of Life concerns the romantic heartbreaks of two sisters in an English village, but ends happily with a final surprise. And in The Haunted Man, a chemistry teacher meets a ghost who promises to rid him of all his unhappy memories. He takes up the offer without understanding the consequences.
In performances laced with tenderness and feeling, Donada Peters pays homage to the yuletide feeling in these Christmas classics.
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