Narrated By: Simon Vance
Duration: 4 hours and 8 minutes
What to expect
No writer is more identified with the modern idea of Christmas than Charles Dickens. In some ways, Dickens helped define the holiday that we now celebrate by immortalizing it as a time of warmth and sharing, with an emphasis on family and friends.
Dickens wrote all the stories presented here during the 1850s as contributions to the special Christmas issues of Household Words, the weekly magazine he founded and edited. Included are fictional sketches verging on the autobiographical, recollections of childhood, reflections on past holidays and old friends, as well as tales of misunderstandings and lost opportunities. They reaffirm the virtue of nurturing our traditions and offer a master storyteller's vision of the real meaning of Christmas.
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"These stories portray the richness and traditions of a bygone era…The reader effectively creates a tone that delights the ear and enhances the sterling narration.”
"[Simon Vance's] narration allows listeners to recognize how much Dickens wrote for the ear. Whitfield reads these stories like he is telling them beside a winter fire. His voice rises and falls with Dickens' rhythms, and it's easy to imagine Dickens acting out the eccentric and vivid characters that fill every story."