"Marley was dead to begin with...."
These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge's miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn't he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge?
Or had he?
Written with a voice reminiscent of Dickens, Jacob T. Marley is a masterfully crafted story of remorse and redemption, sure to become a Christmas favorite.
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This was very much a spur of the moment purchase but I am so glad I've had chance to experience it. The writing is superb and captures the feel of the Dickens era novel but won't alienate the modern reader.
The narration is very good and I will be looking out for more of Simon Vance's work.
The story runs very naturally and there is no feeling that there has been any rush to cram in plot points just so it meets exactly with A Christmas Carol - it just does. The mark of good writing.
I hate giving away spoilers so all I will add is that Marley's life, death and subsequent afterlife make fascinating reading/listening.
This book has been beautifully written in the style of Dickens and supplements 'A Christmas carol'. It is a gentle story, sympathetically narrated and both heartwarming and uplifting. Lovely to enjoy in the run up to Christmas. Highly recommended.
"I Save My Five Stars for Books like This!"
I would, and I have listened to this again. And I'm looking forward to listening to this again next Christmas. Though there have been other books from Jacob Marley's perspective, this is so creative, so well-structured, creates strands that are weaved together so well, I can't imagine how his story could be any better.
If you haven't listened to Simon Vance's interpretation of "A Christmas Carol," do so right after listening to this. You'll find yourself delighted and thinking, "Aha! But REALLY what's going on is...!"
Simon Vance brings such a sensitivity to the words, with excellent pacing and a heightened sense of drama where it works best. This is such an emotion-packed journey, truly, you'll be glad you listened to both books together.
I sobbed like a baby. Hopelessness, redemption, suspense that makes you wonder what the hell is going on/is going to happen. Really, it doesn't get any better than this. And the "T." that stands for his middle name? Well, there's a GREAT story that goes with it!
I sent this book to my mom as a gift because it's a story and delivery that just need to be listened to. This was her first audiobook ever, and I told her to keep tissues handy. Her response was the same as my own: this is a Christmas book, a wonderful story for the ages. Bravo to author and narrator!
"Must read for all A CHRISTMAS CAROL fans!!"
If you're a fan of every version of Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL as I am, you will be as thrilled with this book. Bennett has thoroughly captured Dickens' writing style and story line within the wonderful little Christmas tale.
Rather than beginning with the night that Marley returned in death to tell Scrooge of the impending spirits that would change Scrooge's life, this story begins at the start of Jacob's life. We hear of a kind and loving family that Jacob had to begin his life, but he managed to become an old skinflint anyway. How he managed to return to elicit a change in Scrooge's life makes up the majority of this expanded version of an old classic. It was done exceedingly well too.
This is a great version of the classic which tells of compassion and redemption and a life well lived. Though this is just a story, and a superb one at that, I would be remiss, as a Christian, if I did not point out that only Christ can bring about a person's eternal salvation. That said, I believe the message in these stories of doing good to your fellow man, is something that Christ does expect from his people too. A new favorite has been added to my Christmas traditions!
"MANKIND IS INVOLVED IN MAN'S LIFE"
LOVE CAN NOT PERSECUTE
This was a good idea, but not they way Bennett did it. 95% of the story is telling, like in a history text book. The rest is lectures and touchy feely gobbledygook. Such a waste of a good idea and of a great narrator.
"The untold half of Dickens's "A Christmas Carol""
I love Simon Vance as a narrator, and was ecstatic when I learned he had done this book. It met my expectations perfectly, and was a delight to listen to.
I'd already read the book so there were no surprises as far as plot went, but Vance's narration made all of the emotional scenes come to life, so much so that I had tears in my eyes at certain points. I couldn't pick just one that stands out, unless it's the final scene where Marley offers himself to balance the scales for Scrooge.
Marley's crossing over and meeting The Man.
Yes, and I did.
For any fans of Dickens' original novel, this is a must-read. It adds so much to the story, and does not detract from the version we all know and love. This is the story of Marley, who, as Bennet points out, is in the story very briefly for such an important character who changed Scrooge's life...in ways we didn't realize.
As both a prequel and a sequel to A Christmas Carol, this story will tug at your heart.
"A Fitting Conclusion!"
this is a superb conclusion to the original Christmas carol - BRAVO FANTASTIC and Enlightening.
"excellent holiday addition"
This pairs perfectly with Patrick Stewart's Christmas Carol. The story is well written and the performance is excellent.
love the way this book weaves itself into the story of the classic A Christmas Carol. I will read this time and time again and never be tired of its message
I love how it ties the Christmas Carol story together. So fun. The narrator is easy to listen and makes it very worth while.
I believe this is as good a story as "The Christmas Carol". I really liked it.
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