A review by theespressoedition
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

dark hopeful inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I feel as though this review needs a little bit of a backstory:

When I was a little kid, I went to see a theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol. It was terrifying. And I don't mean terrifying for a kid, but truly just scary as heck. It scarred me terribly and for years, it didn't matter how cute the adaptation (looking at you, Muppets), the story frightened me to no end. As an adult, it just kinda didn't sit well with me because I had a bad taste in my mouth from when I was a kid. So, I avoided it at all costs.

I read all of my Christmas books and then some, leaving me searching the depths of Audible's free selection for something interesting to listen to. When I came across a version of A Christmas Carol narrated by Hugh Grant, I decided to give it a go. It was a quick listen and perfect for my drive to-and-from my family's home on Christmas Day.

It was pretty darn enjoyable, I have to say. I didn't think I'd like it, but I did. I had let enough time pass since my last watch/read for it to actually interest me. I was glad for that! I can't say that it was the most incredible book I've ever read or anything, but I didn't dislike it, so there's that!

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