A Christmas Carol

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.5 stars; 243 reviews)

A classic tale of what comes to those whose hearts are hard. In a series of ghostly visits, Scrooge visits his happy past, sees the difficulties of the present, views a bleak future, and in the end amends his mean ways. (Summary written by Kristen McQuillin)

(3 hr 14 min)


Preface and Stave 1 44:39 Read by Mark Bradford
Stave 2 44:14 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Stave 3 44:34 Read by Kristen McQuillin
Stave 4 42:09 Read by Hugh McGuire
Stave 5 18:46 Read by Bill Stackpole


Uneven but great in spots

(3.5 stars)

The first three readers are excellent but with varying audio quality. The fourth reader supplies the best example of "how not to do a Librivox recording" I have heard. If you survive it, the fifth reader sounds pretty good. All said, this team of volunteers helped put us in the Christmas spirit.

I am so much delighted by it :)

(5 stars)

The narrators are all too well and I had a feeling while listening them narrate, that I wouldn't have enjoyed the book as much, had I read it.

Amazing Story!

(5 stars)

This is my all-time favorite Christmas book! The narration is superb! I feel that A Christmas Carol often gets over looked for it’s true message and potential, but it’s a story I value highly. I listen to it several times leading up to, and throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to get me in the true spirit!


(5 stars)

I love this app so much because it help me with school so I don't have to read it 😂 I would give it 10 start but it won't let me. Thanks and I love this

First class

(5 stars)

I am a janitor at a small school in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne Australia.Each year i listen to this rendition and enjoy it very much.I upload it on my walkman about the last week of November and listen to a stave each day.The wonderful voice of Kayra and the others bring the story to life.I laugh at some bits such as "ITs your your uncle scroooge! or at scrooges new life voice.Wonderful.I also shed a tear for Scrooges young life left behind at his school or God bless each one by tiny tim.The readers really love what they are reading.Its a christmas tradition that i cherish each year at a very high stressful time.

I agree with kquinkert...

(2 stars)

Yes, I think "kquinkert" is right, and I can only reward these recordings with a 2-star rating. One that is quite superior is the one "kquinkert" mentions at http://www.archive.org/details/AChristmasCarolReadByPatrickStewart. Although I have read A Christmas Carol several times, I thoroughly enjoyed this interpretation, masterly performed by Patrick Stewart. He deservs a 5-star rating in my opinion.

Mean People SUCK

(5 stars)

Let them eat Audible! Same types complain about pledge on public tv. Bye! Go away and quit smelling up the place. LV is volunteer-run. What have YOU done lately free, for strangers, except burn the nice people who GAVE you this? Did it occur to any of the pig pile (no offense to pigs! They are smart) that volunteer readers may be reading their first book? How would YOU feel? THINK before you write stuff like you did here. No time for people who go out of their way to hurt. Enough! Humbug!! Bye! Don't let the door hit you as I show you out! Ryan Miller86 bye! Wouldn't date you if you were richer than Scrooge! Debdolfyn, shame on you, designer Shall I review your designs?? See you on bray... Grunge618 from Oz your houghtful review led me here, and I also think ALL the readers do a fine job. Begone meanies!

Good reading Stave 1-3

(3 stars)

I enjoyed the reading with the exception of Stave 4. The reader read so slow and with so little inflection in their voice, I actually listened to the whole file and realized that I hadn't heard any of it. I can't say what the last stave was like, when I went back to re-listen, I realized that it just wasn't going to hold my attention. I went and found another version at http://www.archive.org/details/AChristmasCarolReadByPatrickStewart read by Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard). A much better version!