A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore are as different as England and America themselves, and yet almost two centuries later these two iconic tales remain an important part of Christmas tradition all over the world. Now they are brought together in this very special holiday recording. Derek Perkins is the Audie and AudioFile Earphones award winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks and an AudioFile Magazines Best Voice of 2014. Alison Larkin is the AudioFIle Earphones award winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks, an internationally acclaimed comedienne and the author of The English American, a novel.
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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