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Publisher's Summary

Sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge has an emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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Lovely classic Christmas story, interestingly read

What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol the most enjoyable?

I love the narrator's interesting reading, for the first minute or two, I was just listening to his voice, and then very quickly I forgot the narrator entirely and simply enjoyed his story! I think that is the mark of an excellent story-teller. I could see all the scenes in my head. I think I'll be listening to this version every Christmas! Thank you so much!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Carol?

I must admit, I love the part about Tiny Tim the best, and can't ever hear, "God bless us, every one!" without blinking a few tears. Very dear.

What about Peter Bachelor’s performance did you like?

He seems to be a born story-teller, he makes the story interesting, with slightly different voices for characters, and reads with enough expression to be interesting but not so much as to be distracting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it is 2 hrs and 44 minutes, so it is a long story, but perfect if you're in bed with the flu and don't feel like keeping your eyes open long enough watch TV. You can just close your eyes and enjoy the story.

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I felt the sound quality was poor. I had a hard time hearing throughout the story with the volume on all the way.

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A classic, and well read.

The story is well known by most of us and it comes alive in this complete reading.

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Truly enjoyable

This was perhaps my favorite audiobook experience. A Christmas Carol is Dickens at his best in showing the evils of woshiping money.

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wonderful Christmas story

It was a little hard to understand some of it because of the English dialogue (just like all of Dicken's books). Nevertheless, it was a wonderful story. The narration was great! I loved it.

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Great book, poor sound quality.

The book itself I've read multiple times and would rate 5 stars, but unfortunately the quality of this audio recording is low. It's not that the narrator does a bad job, he has a voice that suits the story, but it just wasn't captured well. It's so low that you have to turn up the volume near max to hear it just okay, and at that point you'll hear artifacts in the recording and some words will still come across muddled. I would look for a different recording of this same Dickens story.

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A Christmas Carol

Could not understand half of the words read. Conversations muddled, voice unclear while words are not separated.

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Timeless story, narrator a bit flat

great story, as always. at the beginning, the narrator seemed monotone and it took a little time to get use to him. After that, everything was great.

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FYI about the recording.

There is some crackling in this recording. slight annoyance but you can still hear the story.

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Students loved it!

We listened to this in my classroom. It is a great version to have them hear!

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  • Clare
  • 11-22-14

Try a different narration

The book is short, concise, and more funny than I imagined, having seen films but never read the original. Typical moralistic story of change you ways or else.....
The narration however is not good, sorry to Peter Bachelor. He reads the speaking voices very well, but the rest is monotonously spoken as if reading a bus timetable, thereby losing the meaning of some sentences. I downloaded this version because it was cheap, and I needed to read it for my book group, but if you love the story, I would recommend a different narrator.

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  • david morris
  • 09-23-16

Try a different performance.

It's Dickens at his best but the reading is poor. My humble advice is to listen carefully to the sample and then choose a different performance.

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  • H. Firth
  • 12-24-12

A great buy at Christmas

I think everyone must have heard or read some version of “A Christmas Carol”, of this much loved Dickens story, it appears to be faithful to Dickens story and I loved the narration by Peter Batchelor, a deep expressive, and mature British voice.

The price of the download is a bargain if you missed the Tom Baker version when it was on the advent offer. A great purchase at Christmas.

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  • Tarot Dynamo
  • 12-23-20

Incredible storytelling spoiled with strange noise

A classic story that I love, nothing can fault it. The narrator's voice is a low bass, so it's sometimes difficult to hear exactly what he's saying, especially if there's ambient noise in the room. But what irks me is the mobile phone "dit diddit dit diddit ditting" on the recording on several occasions. It jerks you out of the suspension of disbelief you need to get fully absorbed in fantasy, and makes you wonder if you're being visited by the Spirit of Nokia 3310s past. Definitely a shame, and having given this recording a chance for two years I'll be looking for another recording.

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  • Ursula Mary Taylor
  • 12-04-18

Great Classic

I never tire of this story . Read or listen every Christmas 🎄 🎄 🎄

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-29-18

A Christmas Carol

The book was easy to listen to well read would recommend this book to any one who likes this story Gordon Larsen

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  • Sonia
  • 09-19-18

Peter Bachelor was meant to read a Christmas Carol

An atmospheric, haunting and superbly memorable reading of an old classic enjoyed by many. Peter Bachelor’s reading is my absolute favourite...

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  • Bianca Lashley
  • 09-05-16

a classic and a good performance

I already knew the story but it was told well and performed as you would imagine the characters to be. Its a must read classic.

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  • John
  • 05-31-16

Top Book

If you could sum up A Christmas Carol in three words, what would they be?

Dickens, ghosts and a grumpy old man.

What about Peter Batchelor’s performance did you like?

Excellently read - suits the text perfectly.

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A classic book, beautifully read.A must for everyone's collection and a must read/ listen every Christmas.

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  • John-Paul
  • 12-09-19

Greatest Christmas Story ever written

This is by far my favourite Christmas story ever and it has a great point to it too, always be kind to others and life will be better for everyone.