A Christmas Carol (version 08 dramatic reading)
A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman & Hall on 17 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Ebenezer Scrooge: Andy Minter
Bob Cratchit: David Richardson
Gentleman: Martin Langer
Jacob Marley: Algy Pug
Ghost of Christmas Past: Tricia G
Fan/Tiny Tim: rashada
Young Scrooge/Peter Cratchit: Paul Andrews
Schoolmaster/Man 2: Peter Bishop
Fezziwig: John Steigerwald
Belle's Husband/Man 3: Levi Throckmorton
Ghost of Christmas Present: Barry Eads
Mrs. Cratchit: Arielle Lipshaw
Martha Cratchit/Girl: Christin Chapelle
Belinda Cratchit/Caroline: Amy Gramour
Scrooge's Niece: Veronica Jenkins
Niece's Sister: Liberty Stump
Man 1: David Lawrence
Man 4: Chris Donnelly
Man 5: Darren V
Charwoman: Kara Shallenberg
Old Joe: Tom Crawford
Mrs. Dilber: Sandra G
Caroline's Husband: Shea McNamara
Narrator: Elizabeth Klett
Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett (3 hr 1 min)
|Marley's Ghost||44:28||Read by LibriVox Volunteers|
|The First of the Three Spirits||39:01||Read by LibriVox Volunteers|
|The Second of the Three Spirits||50:14||Read by LibriVox Volunteers|
|The Last of the Spirits||33:07||Read by LibriVox Volunteers|
|The End of It||14:42||Read by LibriVox Volunteers|
While there are definitely some readers that are not as clear or enjoyable to listen to in this dramatic reading, narrator Elizabeth Klett and Andy Minter (Scrooge) make up for it with their skilled reading and soothing voices. Thank you to the LibriVox volunteers for donating their time for our enjoyment.
I like this a lot but........
I like listening to this a lot. Yes there are some differences in quality of the recordings, but that is a minor detail. The narrator has a wonderful voice, and most are very pleasurable to listen to. However, Scrooge doesn't sound bitter or nasty enough, he sounds like someone's grandfather. I also agree with the two ghosts voices (plus one of the charity collectors) sounding robotic, which spoils it a little for me. Still much better than many versions though and I would recommend this to anyone!
The ghosts are pretty bad...
Overall, this is a great reading. But the ghosts of Christmas past and present... Oh! Why? Why would you read in such stilted, robotic voices? Both were distracting and pretty terrible. Luckily, they didn't have many lines. I do very much appreciate all the volunteers who took their time to read this for Librivox, however. (Yes, even the ghosts.)
Ghosts were distracting
Narrator and Scrooge were fantastic voice actors. The ghosts' performances were less than stellar and detracted from the spirit of the presentation almost as much as the range of recording quality.
Fun and Entertaining
A lot of fun and engaging. There is some variance in the recorded quality of the players but nothing that stops this classic old tale from entertaining.
"A Wonderful Listen"
Excellent dramatic reading of this book! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the many characters, it made this classic much more meaningful. I've listen to a singular reader of this book in the past but the dramatic reading kept me much more captivated. Thank you many volunteers for an excellent listen!!!
Wonderful! Worth a listen
A classic story, a wonderful, tight fisted, miserly and laced with humour. Bravo to the cast, an excellent job! Scrooge with the sarcasm, dryness and humour an excellent portrayal. I have listened to this three times now, and it's is still as bright as the first time. A must listen
Merry Christmas to all
My favorite Christmas story of all time. I never tire of watching it ,reading it, and now to listen to the book in this manner ,was a great gift for the season. Thank you LibriVox volunteers for a awesome job as always done by you.