A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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.