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.
Public Domain (P)2016 British Classic Audio
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
"A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas"
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.
"A WONDERFUL holiday recording of two great classic"
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.
The moment when Scrooge wakes up and realizes it is not too late!
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.
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!
"Loved the voice of Scrooge, a great version"
Um - hard to answer. Dickens himself read regularly from his work, and it works nicely when listened to. I think it stands up well to the print version, it brings the characters to life with excellent narrators.
When the famous lines are spoken "are there no workhouses?", or when Scrooge has his epiphany and seems mad to the world ordering large turkeys and giving away his money.
Enthusiasm, clear voices.
I would have liked to (shame I had to go to work!), and length wise, at 3 hours, it isn't impossible to.
My review from Amazon/Goodreads:
The most famous of all Christmas stories... The one that gave us Christmas as we know it.
You forget how short it is, but it's all so familiar - the scenes, the lines, the characters. I was offered an audio copy to listen to, and thought it a good time of year to revisit the Dickens classic.
Read with clear and energetic voice, this characterises the miserly old man brilliantly, and Dickens' wonderful ebullient language never fails to impress, his asides, his social commentary, the dark heart of his story about living with 'Christmas' in your heart and more importantly connecting with your fellow man a lifelong message for one and all.
Included is a reading of 'The Night Before Christmas', the unabridged poem, and between them a short annotation by Larkin (the poem's reader) discussing the two Christmas-themed famous works. It's quite interesting and I would have liked it to be longer!
Enjoyed my listen, it took just a few car journeys, will probably revisit them both annually.
With thanks to Alison Larkin and Audiobookblast for providing a sample copy, for review purposes.
"Impressive Acting Classic Christmas Tales!"
The top of the Classics performances in my library! I don't have enough superlatives!
The well known and beloved Dickens' story and the equally impressive Clement Moore tale. Top off by unequaled performances.
Derek Perkins nailed each of the characters- Scrooge, the ghosts, Marley, Bob Cratchet and Tiny Tim. Alison Larkin's enthusiastic performance was amazing on The Night Before Christmas.
Gee, that's a tough one...
"Miserly Days and Penny Pinching Nights".
"No More Bubble and Squeak before Bedtime".
What a pleasure to listen to! Thank you for the opportunity to review it!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.
"Very special classics"
Derek Perkins kept me spellbound throughout his performance of A Christmas Carol. He has a perfect voice for audiobooks, making each character unique and special. I have loved this book all my life. Charles Dickens was a brilliant writer.
Alison Larkin's beautiful voice captured The Night Before Christmas perfectly. I have always loved this story and read it to my children every Christmas. It was nice to hear a little background about both of these stories.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher courtesy of Audiobook Blast. This is an unbiased review.
"great ready for Christmas"
such lovely stories, no wonder why they are classic!
I loved these. I can't wait to cook Christmas dinner with this playing in the back ground! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
two great classics I liked the night before Christmas very much,I will be listen with my grandchildren. narrators were great did a excellent job I received this book from the publisher, author and or narrator for a honest review and unbiased options via audio book boom dot com
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