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A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

1. 1 - Marley's Ghost
2. 2 - The First of the Three Spirits
3. 3 - The Second of the Three Spirits
4. 4 - The Last of the Spirits
5. 5 - The End of It

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Summary

“A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, biting, clutching, covetous old sinner” is hardly hero material, but this is exactly what makes A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens such an unforgettable book and its hero, Ebenezer Scrooge such an extraordinarily enduring character. In the book's celebrated opening scene, on the night before Christmas the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his freezing cold counting house, oblivious to the discomfort of his shivering young assistant Bob Cratchit. Scrooge is unremittingly rude to relatives and visitors alike who drop in to convey their Christmas greetings or ask for a contribution to charity. Scrooge returns to his equally chilly mansion where he has an extraordinary supernatural experience. The spirit of his dead partner, Marley appears recounting tales of eternal suffering that he is condemned to endure because of the mean and uncharitable deeds that Marley did when he was alive. Marley informs Scrooge that three other supernatural visitors will make their appearance over the next three nights. The rest of the book traces the events that happen when these three otherworldly beings visit Scrooge. The book has five chapters, which the writer called “staves” referring to musical notation in which five horizontal lines and four spaces represent musical pitch. Published in 1843, the book went on to receive immense appreciation for its deeply emotional quality, touching scenes, wonderful characterization and Dickens himself felt the book's central ideas of charity, kindness, compassion, love and generosity were what set it apart from contemporary fiction of the time. It also took the theatrical world by storm and three productions went on stage simultaneously in 1844 with Dickens' blessings. Since then it has been extensively adapted for film, radio and television and took on the proportions of a Christmas tradition even during Dickens' lifetime itself. Endless spinoffs in literature, drama and popular literature keep this tale alive even today. Walt Disney's Unca Scrooge is inspired by it and today, the word “Scrooge” has become synonymous with miserliness. A Christmas Carol's enduring appeal lies in its heart rending appeal to help those living in impoverished conditions. The highly sentimental and touching pictures of Christmas celebrated in homes where festivities cannot coexist with grinding poverty, told in typical Dickensian style, make it both a literary masterpiece and a plea for social reform. But all is not gloom and doom —there are brilliant flashes of humor, memorable characterization and a deep understanding of human nature. As with all Dickens' works, this one too is peculiarly suited to being read aloud, especially when the family gathers round a cozy fire on Christmas Eve!

Reviews

Carla Goodman

- Christmas Carol

I really like read am auto card of this app

Angel

- A Christmas Carol

I listen to this story the day before Christmas just haven't had a chance to give it my review. I enjoyed the story and enjoyed the different readers. Closed my eyes and I was there. Thanks. Love Dickens

Alexander

Excellent book, but terrible narration. No expression.

Angel

- A Christmas Carol

A literary masterpiece. A extraordinarily enduring story. The readers did a wonderful job of characterization, made the story come to life.

April

- wow...

Ok, I have to stop listening now with the voice of Christmas past, it's really terrible and has no feeling at all. I hear the 'fakeness' of it. I just barely got through Jacob Marley's voice. He was more angry in the movie b/c Scrooge was being stubborn and not hearing him. Was no sound of concern in Marley's voice acting. Terrible. (good narrator though) And I was so excited to listen..

thus is such a bad book, readers are ok, sound is not amaing at points, but still appreciate it.

nastia

i am not very into it but it is OK

a christmas carol

- teen/Young adult

a christmas carol Hmmmmmm... a good book expataly when your birthday is on Christmas

This book uses to many people for narratoring but it's awesome

Julie

- Review

Hmmmmm... It's a wonderful story from Charles dickens. The main narrator does a wonder job and so does the Bob Cratchet reader. But the rest are out of this league! Short and sweet.