Over the festive season, I always love to re-read one of my favorite books which is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This is not a very long story at around 30,000 words and is more of a novella by modern standards.
The audio version of A Christmas Carol from Audible is a particularly lovely treat to enjoy. I love listening to this on Christmas Eve with a glass of mulled wine or another festive beverage. It results in a very pleasant 3 hours of listening.
I have a number of different ways to enjoy this story; I might choose to read it on my Kindle, delight in my keepsake hardcover edition or enjoy the really excellent and highly recommended audiobook version narrated by Tom Baker who was one of the Doctor's in the Dr. Who series.
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There are so many ways to enjoy this classic tale from the free Kindle versions, hardcover keepsake books, audiobooks, plays and movie adaptations. It's a tale that never gets old or boring during the run up to the Holiday season. It's the perfect listen on the eve of this festive Holiday.
If you haven't already enjoyed this wonderfully classic tale written back in 1843, it's a pretty short read to look forward to.
A Personal Review and Summary of the Christmas Carol Story
I'm not going to give everything away but in case you're not familiar with this festive tale, here's an idea of what you can expect with a short summary of this wonderful festive tale. Don't read further if you don't wish to know anything else about this story.
The main character in the novella is called Ebenezer Scrooge or just Scrooge as he's mostly referred to. The name in itself ought to provide some clues as to what type of man this is.
Ebenezer is not a like-able person and his favorite phrase is Bah! Humbug! I think he is played pretty much to perfection by Albert Finney in the musical version called Scrooge.
Ebenezer Scrooge being visited by the ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley. Jacob is suffering an eternity of being bound by the heavy chains of his greed.
Starting on Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by 3 spirits or ghosts over a period of 3 days. They are the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and, most frightening, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
All 3 spirits shock this miserable character into wanting to change, redeem himself and become a better person. The tale ends on a happy and positive note as he is returned to the occasion of Christmas Day where he sets about making amends for his past behavior.
A Christmas Carol is just perfect to put you in the right seasonal spirit. The book is a short one and you could read it in a day or why not read it in the week running up to Christmas Eve.
More on this Christmas classic tale. This is one of my favorite stories during the festive season. Nothing better than to kick back and relax on Christmas Eve by putting my feet up with the family and watching one of the movie versions or listening to the audiobook on my iPad. I love the idea of the new coloring book, shown below, to enjoy.
UK Readers get the Christmas Carol Colouring Book from Amazon.co.uk
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!"
This is one of my favorite quotations from the book. It is the point where Scrooge has learned some valuable life lessons and is moving forward as a changed man.
It teaches us that no matter what our past has held, the future is of our own choosing. This is a really great lesson to learn as you prepare to go forth into a New Year. Happy Holidays to you!
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