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This book was narrated wonderfully, both stories gave me that fuzzy feeling you get when you remember something good. I was reminded of when I first heard the story, how it signified that we should be good people, that it feels good to be generous and loving and we should try not add to others burdens. It's always around Christmas that people are the happiest, it's a celebration nearly everyone knows of. Streets crowded, Christmas lights adorning houses, Christmas cards being passed around. There's a certain cheer all about the place, a reassuring excitement that buzzes all through the holidays. This is a story I will save for my younger sister during the lead up to Christmas day, as she's never heard it before. And, I just know that I will not be able to resist having a listen to it every Christmas holiday. I have to say, Christmas does bring a sort of sentimentality with it.
I, myself, hadn't revisted the original tale, from the first time I read it for myself. I generally gravitated towards watching the various Hallmark Christmas variations, but nothing will ever surpass the original. There's a lot more to it or perhaps I'm just overcome by the nostalgia. I always thought this was of Charles Dicken's finest work, there is a real sense of feeling as though you know what he was thinking when he wrote it. Yesterday, at a new library I visited of which I was pleased to be offered a rour, the guide, who was perhaps the most eccentric and, humourous woman I've ever met, claimed that she believed that books are our current means of time travel. She spoke of how reading someone's diary can take you to that moment, transporting you there, you can see the events occurring for yourself. It was a pleasant idea, and I certainly felt it with this book.
The commentary from Alison Larkin was a welcome addition to the tale, and she read 'The Night Before Christmas' better than I've ever heard it. Her soothing, strong voice seriously lifted my dreary mood in seconds.
I recommend this book, the audio book version. And with that, I wish you all a Merry Christmas. It's coming toward the end of November, after all -it's never too early! I've already brought an advent calendar for me and my sister. Can't wait for December.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher through Audio book Boom
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Would you consider the audio edition of A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas to be better than the print version?
Absolutely! In the hands of two master narrators, this is an absolute delight.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I love Scrooge because he evolves.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Marley's ghost and I loved every minute of The Night Before Christmas, beautifully narrated by Ms Larkin.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The end of A Christmas Carol always moves me to tears - even more so with this rendition by Derek Perkins. I was also fascinated by the commentary.
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A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas
: Charles Dickens, Clement Clarke Moore
A Christmas Carol has been a favorite story of mine for many, many years. I also like The Night before Christmas. My Christmas Season can now begin! I will be listening to this over and over!!!!!
The short narration in between the two stories was enlightening with information that I didn't previously know. That added just a little more excitement for me.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed by Derek Perkins and Alison Larkin
This is an enjoyable listen and it was free from Audible.
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Would you listen to A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas again? Why?
Oh yes! It was delightful - such a treat - to hear my two favorite Christmas stories in the same recording! And read so beautifully with very interesting commentary in between.
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas?
The moment when Scrooge wakes up and realizes it is not too late!
What does Derek Perkins and Alison Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
These are two A list narrators - the very best - at the top of their game. Both Mr Perkins and Mis Larkin have a gift for bringing out the author's voice through their own. They do it again here - with two of the greatest texts ever written. I was so happy to hear Derek Perkins reading this - he is SO GOOD. I loved Alison Larkin's narrations of Jane Austen and Lewis Carroll 's novels, which was how I found this. The combination of these two voices makes for a really top notch recording.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
It was so interesting listening to the short commentary by Alison Larkin in between the tales, linking the two stories in a very interesting way. I won't spoil it - but it's really fascinating!
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