A CHRISTMAS CAROL - A Radio PlaySpring 2012 Storytelling
This CD version of the Dickens classic feels more like a theatrical production than the typical audio book. In fact, the publisher calls it a "radio play." Rather than a single narrator there is an entire cast of performers, supplemented by ghostly sound effects, crunching snow, festive music, and other aural touches. The production is lively and the performances (men, women, and children alike) are engaging. This is a nice alternative to reading the novel, which can be difficult for younger children. Also, while true to the Scrooge narrative, it isn't quite as scary as some of the film versions. The story moves along smoothly for a brisk, one-hour listening, making it ideal for a family Christmas activity or car ride.