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#406 ~ A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Genre: Fiction

My Reading Format: Audiobook downloaded for free from Mission Audio

Audiobook Published by: Mission Audio

Narrator: Simon Vance

Audiobook Length: 2 hours 54 minutes

Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook


My Mini Review

I don’t believe I’ve ever read a copy of A Christmas Carol before I listened to this production from Mission Audio. I have pretty strong memories of an animated version I saw often as a child. I’m sure I’ve seen other dramatizations as well. As much as I love the story and it is a part of each Christmas season one way or another, listening to the words of the author made it such a deeper, more meaningful experience. Not only did the full meaning of the book jump out at me through the voice of Simon Vance, I was struck over and over again by what an amazing writer Dickens was. I also know that if I read this novel as a child that reading it as an adult and as a parent make it an entirely different experience. Having a past of my own to look back upon adds so much to the story. Never again will an animation or a dramatization be enough. I’ll be listening to this copy of A Christmas Carol each and every year. When my daughters get a little older, I’m hoping it can become a family tradition.*

There have been many Simon Vance books I’ve loved, but there was something special about this narration. His voices were spectacular and his pacing was perfect. He brought just the right touch to each emotion. Listen to this audiobook and you’ll know why he is a master.

A special thank you to Mission Audio for so generously making this audiobook available for free download during the Christmas season last year. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the experience. It was a true gift.


* I encouraged  the girls to listen with me this year. They gave it about 5 minutes and then started playing music on their iPods. I sensed them rolling their eyes at me asbI tried to lure them back by saying, “But this is Simon Vance  reading.” One day they’ll come around to my way of thinking about both audiobooks and Simon Vance.

 

7 Comments

  • At 2012.03.02 03:54, #406 ~ A Christmas Carol | Christmas 2011 said:

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    • At 2012.03.02 08:47, Sheila (Book Journey) said:

      I adore a Christmas Story! I have never listened to it on audio though… glad it was good ;)

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        I have read A Christmas Carol before. I bet it was wonderful listening to this audio production.

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          Dickens and I have a love-hate relationship. But this is one of the stories I’ve always loved. Another is Great Expectations.

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          • At 2012.03.02 09:27, Lilian Nattel said:

            My Kobo came with A Christmas Carol and I started reading it one day, aloud, thinking my kids would like it. But one was bored and the other was scared. So I just had to enjoy it myself. In Canada the CBC has an annual read on the radio by its broadcasters, producers and other folks. I wonder if it’s available as a podcast?

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            • At 2012.03.02 22:03, justmom said:

              I remember seeing this as a freebie but am not sure if I got it – I really haven’t mastered the download to the computer and then transfer to another device manuveur yet. Glad you enjoyed it – makes me want to seek it out!

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