A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

A Christmas CarolHello, Charles. Look, I know we’ve had our differences in the past, what with me not liking anything of yours I’ve ever read and you, you know, writing things that I don’t like, but, I mean, it’s the Christmas season and all that, so I guess I can set aside these petty differences for four hours. Especially when Jim Dale’s narrating. Mmm.

It is true, I am not a fan of the Dickens, but I really can’t not like A Christmas Carol. It’s just not possible, considering how ingrained it is in my childhood with Mickey and the Muppets and HOLD THE PHONE there’s an animated version with Tim Curry as Scrooge AND Michael York as Bob Cratchit? I’m… gonna need to go find that.

Ahem. Anyway, I’d never actually read the book, but I certainly knew the story well enough, and so probably do you — if not, mean guy meets three ghosts who show him how mean he is and he becomes totally nice. Done. It’s not a particularly deep story. But I liked it, of course, and I liked that the story is a bit darker than I remember it being as a child, and I liked that Jim Dale read it to me. Happy Christmas, self!

Recommendation: You’ve probably essentially read it already, but why not do it again?

Rating: 8/10