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Summary

This story is a seasonal treat, a modern, lyrical retelling of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.

The audiobook is specially designed for families to share during the holiday season, or for young, competent listeners to try for themselves. This is a beautiful audiobook to treasure.

Eb is a spoiled child who really is not one for caring, and he certainly hates sharing. He is watched over by a very special guardian - the family’s ancient longcase clock, who is bestowed with magic. His name is Grandfather Time.

On Christmas Eve, Grandfather Time decides he must teach the boy a lesson. So he calls upon his friends, the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future, and with lessons to learn, he brings forth the first tutor - a little, golden red King Charles spaniel, called Miss Ruby Heart.

Will this unlikely pair be able to teach the boy the error of his ways? Or will he be doomed to be a scruffy, lonely teenager stuck forever in his own little world?

©2017 Rose English (P)2017 Rose English

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Charming and surprising but needs speeding up

Young Ebenezer is a rhymed retelling of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, and focuses on a selfish, spoiled boy called Eb who has much to learn if he is to mend his ways.

I thought it was great fun to have contemporary references in such a traditional piece, and enjoyed the opportunity to hear it in a new light. It was nicely done, and very sweet, and I look forward to sharing it with my nieces and nephews who will love the little dog, Miss Ruby Heart.

Unfortunately, it was let down a little by the narrator, Bill Schafer, who appeared to struggle with the upper class/Victorian English accent that is really the only way to read a Dickens story. As well as being told in a slow, lyrical style aimed at younger children, the narration is often painfully exaggerated and doesn’t sound at all natural, which is a shame because Schafer’s voice has good tone and animation, it really was just the sluggish speed and awkward accent that made it feel uncomfortable.

(The issue with the torpid delivery was overcome by playing the audiobook at 1.20x speed, which made it feel livelier and helped to disguise the agonising deliberation with which Schafer was attempting to maintain the accent. It was much more enjoyable when I re-listened to it at this speed.)

I’d recommend this book to families with young children who would, I think, really enjoy the modern reworking of a classic tale and enjoy the humour in it.

*I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Young Ebenezer

Young Ebenezer is fated to be fixed in his ways, until a little Christmas magic and Miss Ruby Heart step in.

I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.

This wonderful short story follows a young Ebenezer - a boy who doesn't share his toys, and looks forward to Christmas with greedy demands.
Grandfather Time - a clock whose magic is threaded through many of Rose English's books; decides it is time to stop Ebenezer's ways before it was too late.

The story is light and warm, the poetical tale pulling you along. It felt reminiscent of the original Christmas Carol and the classic Twas The Night Before Christmas.
The narrator does a wonderful job, really throwing himself into the role, and drawing you along.

I can't wait to share it with my nephew, and I would definitely recommend checking this out as part of your run up to Christmas!

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Really enjoyed this

Listened to this on Christmas Eve, really enjoyed the moderen retelling of a classic. Highly recommend

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Su
  • Hereford, West Midlands UK
  • 24-12-17

A lyrical version of A Christmas Carol

Would you consider the audio edition of Young Ebenezer: A New Christmas Carol to be better than the print version?

I loved the audio version it brought the story to life. Although the print version has the beautiful coloured images so I love both equally.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Young Ebenezer: A New Christmas Carol?

I loved when the magical clock named 'Grandfather Time' calls to his friends and the ghost of Christmas Past, a little ruby coloured King Charles spaniel called 'Ruby Heart' appears. She is the little dog from the cover.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

This lyrical story has so many wonderful scenes it is hard to choose. I think one that stands out is when Eb finds he is no longer in his bedroom in the dark but in the blink of an eye he is outside in the park with lots of children playing together and sharing, something that Eb does not do.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Eb was frightened by the Grim Reaper and shown a young man with greasy hair in a dark gloomy room playing alone on his pc games with no friends and he realises this could be him and he vows to change his ways.

Any additional comments?

This is a very short and lyrical story great for young listeners and the young at heart like myself. A wonderful new modern version of the Charles Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol'

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  • Mandymay💄👠👛
  • 11-12-18

Perfect Christmas carol for kids.

This was a great book to share with my granddaughter. Not only did she enjoy it, but also learned a lesson in giving and sharing. The narration is well done complete with sound effects to hold a child's interest. I was given a free copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily decided to leave this review.

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  • Susan C-K
  • 11-12-18

Christmas poem for kids.

A new Christmas Carol is a poem geared to kids about sharing and friendship. Young Ebenezer wants more presents and does not want to share with others. He is visited by Grandfather Time who brings him to the past, present and future. Ebenezer decides to try to change. This is a nice story for children. It emphasizes playing outside and with others, not using electronic games and computer. The story is nicely read by the narrator.

I was gifted a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 08-12-18

A different angle on the famous story

This story, actually poem, takes pains to make itself unnecessarily modern with conspicuous references to electronic entertainment. The core though is thoughtful and meaningful; it's the kid version of the lessons in The Christmas Carol: kindness, charity, community, and thankfulness. I especially appreciated their interesting version of the spirit of Christmas future. Rather than death, Ebenezer is shown visions of himself as a lonely sad teenager. I think this was the best part. Death is too unrelatable for kids but everyone knows the misery of being sad and alone.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • eris
  • 17-01-19

A great little Christmas Tale

A great little reimagining and modernization of a classic. Well narrated and entertaining for kids and the family. Rose English did a great job reimagining the tale and telling it in a way that still captures all of the spirits, but in a way, kids can easily digest now and days. While this isn't particularly long, I do think it is a perfect thing to play while driving your kids to school or when you need a few minutes in a day, knowing your kids will be entertained.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Shannon G
  • 04-01-19

Wonderful for Kids!

With today's technology reaching all ages, this is a wonderful retelling of A Christmas Carol for kids today. It's so easy to get caught up in all the new shiny gadgets we can get that we forget we all need human interaction to make life full. I listened to this with my kids and they loved it. They understood the meaning behind the story and actually spent the night playing together, mostly nicely. The narration was excellent and really helped to bring the story to life. An excellent listen for all and I highly recommend this to all.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jonathan Liechti
  • 03-01-19

Wonderful for the kids

Kids loved this and were hooked from the beginning! Perfect Christmas spirit atmosphere when opening gifts in the morning!

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 01-01-19

beautiful Carol for children

a very sweet and beautiful story for children for Christmas it was very adorable and indulging the words was chosen wisely it was very sweet
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Jayde
  • 27-12-18

Great short poem for Young Ebenezer

The family really enjoyed this short poem style story. This story is told in a poem just like "The Night Before Christmas". And even sounds like that story at times.
I know that a lot of people claim family friendly these days but this one really is. I don't share much of what I listen to with the family but had no hesitation with this one.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Catrina P
  • 24-12-18

A Christmas Carol retold

The short tale of a young Ebenezer that is perfect for young or old.

Instead of a look at his at his life from adulthood until after his death, this telling deals his younger days. What could happen when a caring and sharing youngster becomes self centered and selfish.

The author, Rose English, did a nice job of telling the tale in a way that is very relatable to younger kids.

The narration was very well done. I would not hesitate to listen to more of Bill Schafer’s performances.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Teresa
  • 18-12-18

Young Ebenezer: A New Christmas Carol

This was a beautiful story and a treasure. The story rhymed which I loved and was very well-written by Rose English and flawlessly performed by Bill Schafer. It was perfect for children of all ages, even those young at heart and a Christmas treat as well. This would be perfect to add to a Christmas Eve playlist for the family.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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