George Cole audio book downloads:
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.
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
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.