Saturday, August 04, 2007

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Audio)


A Christmas Carol

"A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, a time-honored classic, follows Ebenezer Scrooge's tranformation from a selfish and bitter man to a generous benefactor after he is visited by a series of ghosts.Scrooge, having gone to sleep, is first visited in his sleep by the Ghost of Christmas Past, a phantom who enkindles in him regret of his former lack of compassion. The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge Christmas as it would unfold the next day, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come leads Scrooge through a series of scenes involving an unsympathetic creditor who turns out to be Scrooge himself. A changed man, Scrooge shares his newfound Christmas spirit, much to the wonder of others, and in the years that follow he honors Christmas with all his heart."

This is my second Audio Book, and I have to say I really did enjoy it. I don't have much experience with narrators having heard just two audio books, so I'm not sure what is supposed to be good and what isn't in an narrator? The narrator with this audio book, was good I thought. He used different voices for each character, although at times I wanted to laugh at some of them. I just thought a couple of the voices he did were funny, as they seemed to change accent too. However, that didn't ruin it for me, as I really enjoyed listening.

I hadn't read A Christmas Carol before, although I've seen different version of the movie. A Christmas Carol is my most favourite Christmas movie. So when I saw this as an audio book, I downloaded it, put it onto my MP3 player and began listening when I was cooking dinner or doing the gardening. I enjoyed every minute of it, I was able to visualise what was being read, and I felt a part of the book. Listening to this also got me a bit emotional, as I went through each journey with Scrooge. When some lines were said like when the Spirit of Christmas Present says to Scrooge about tiny Tim.;

``If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, none other of my race,'' returned the Ghost, ``will find him here. What then? If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.''

Scrooge hung his head to hear his wn words quoted by the Spirit, and was overcome with penitence and grief.

This really got me choked. And also after he has been visited by all three Spirits, and wakes up on Christmas day, a changed man, that got me emotional too.

Over all, I loved this audio book, it was a free download and the quality of the sound was brilliant! There are some free audio books out there on the net, where the sound quality is appalling. But it just goes to show that if you search, you can find some great free audio books to start of with. I'm definitely a fan of them now and will hunt some down in my shops soon.

1 comment:

Rhinoa said...

It's cool you got a free download. I really am going to give audio books a go once we (finally) move. It's a great story this one too. If you liked it I highly recommend some of his other work.