Review: A Christmas Carol

Posted 21st December 2021 by Emma in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Hugh Grant
Published by Audible Studios on 21st December 2020
Genres: Christmas, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic
Length: 2 hours and 44 minutes
Format: Audible
Source: I bought it
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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

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Of course, everyone knows the story of A Christmas Carol. It’s a true classic. I realised that I have never actually read the book only seen the various film versions. My favourite being the Muppets one! I was listening to an interview with Heidi Swain recently and she said she reads A Christmas Carol every year and then I saw this version was included with my Audible membership and I mean who could turn down Hugh Grant!

For some the use of ancient words that have long gone out of fashion and a writing style that is common with classics it can be harder to read so an audible version is much easier to digest. Hugh’s narration was a pleasure to listen to. If you’ve ever watched Love Actually (and come on who hasn’t) then you’ll know he has a great voice for it.

This was perfect to listen to while doing some Christmas baking.


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