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About Charles Dickens

Born 1812 the son of a clerk at the Navy Pay Office, Charles Dickens was sent to work age 12 in a boot-blacking factory to help support the family after his Father was imprisoned for debt. This early experience with debt would greatly influence both Dickens’ novels and his later attitude towards social reform.


Dickens began writing his “Little Carol” in 1843 finishing it in time for Christmas with illustrations by John Leech. Arguably Dickens’ best-known book, not only because it contains one of his greatest main characters in Ebenezer Scrooge whose very name has become synonymous with miserliness, but also because of the classic 1951 film adaptation Scrooge starring Alaistair Sim as Scrooge and our very own George Cole as the young Scrooge.

Charles Dickens audio book downloads:

The Chimes Audiobook

The Chimes Audiobook
Written by Charles Dickens
Read by George Cole

The second of Dickens’ five Christmas novels, The Chimes is filled with an array of comic characters. It tells the story of Toby Veck, a humble porter whose loses his faith in human nature at the hands of his presumed social superiors, but regains it thanks to the spirits of the bells.

Like its predecessor, A Christmas Carol, it carries a heartfelt plea for charity and brotherhood and examines such distressing themes as suicide and infanticide, as well as the question of whether the poor have any right to live at all. The book also continues its predecessor’s vigorous satire on the social injustices of its day, and is perhaps more explicit and confrontational in its approach. The supernatural is also present, this time in the form of the spirits of the bells in a church tower.

A Christmas Carol Audiobook

A Christmas Carol Audiobook
Written by Charles Dickens
Read by George Cole

Financier & Money changer, Ebenezer Scrooge, is an old and bitter miser, who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas season. Over the course of one night he undergoes a profound experience of redemption having been visited first by Marley’s Ghost, then three different spirits who show him how his life could turn out…

First of the five Charles Dickens' Christmas stories, A Christmas Carol deals extensively with two of his recurrent themes, social injustice and poverty, the relationship between the two, and their causes and effects.

Download A Christmas Carol audiobook today for just £7.95

The Cricket on the Hearth Audiobook

The Cricket on the Hearth Audiobook
Written by Charles Dickens
Read by George Cole

Unlike his other seasonal stories, The Cricket on the Hearth is not a supernatural tale, but one of the perfect domestic scene with which Dickens was so obsessed throughout his writing. It is all here, the warmth of home, the loving little woman, the children, the food and the laughter all rolled into one very warming story

Ever since its publication, The Cricket on the Hearth has been the subject of dramatisation, including this latest audiobook download version from Silksoundbooks read by George Cole.

A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook

A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook
Written by Charles Dickens
Read by Andrew Sachs

Acclaimed British actor Andrew Sachs reads this unabridged audio book of A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Set between London and Paris, A Tale of Two Cities has adventure, betrayal and great heroism woven through this thrilling tale of the French Revolution.

A Tale of Two Cities follows the lives of several protagonists through the events of the French Revolution, most notably Charles Darnay, a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.

Download this exclusive audio book recording of A Tale of Two Cities for just £7.95

 

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