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Christmas Stories

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  39,493 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Three of Dickens' famous tales-- including "A Christmas Carol," "The Chimes," and "The Cricket on the Hearth"-- make perfect holiday reading for the whole family.

A perennial favorite, read over and over again each year, "A Christmas Carol" exemplifies the spirit of Christmas, and the warm-hearted good cheer of this classic is also the keynote the "The Chimes" and "The Cric
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Hardcover, Book Club Edition, 352 pages
Published 1955 by Nelson Doubleday (first published December 19th 1843)
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Maranda
This was my first Dickens novel. I know it is kind of cheesy to make my foray into Dickens’s work by reading A Christmas Carol during the holidays but hey…whatever helps break the ice right?

This book, as most people already know, is about a tight-fisted, bitter old man named Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is visited one night by the ghost of his partner who has come to warn Scrooge of his fate in the afterworld and that Scrooge will face similar persecution in the afterlife if he does not change his
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Dec 10, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Just read A Christmas Carol unless you are a big fan of Dickens
A Christmas Carol was wonderful. It was just like seeing the movie, but better, because prose on paper really stimulates the imagination much more. Scrooge is a man who had lost his hope, and it showed in how his heart seemed to shrink, and his world with it. He got a second chance when he was visited by the three ghosts on a cold Christmas Eve. Just like the movie, this story made me cry. I guess some would call me sentimental. I don't know if that's the right word. But I love to see a person g ...more
Erika
It is hard to give this book one overall rating, since it is three books in one. I have read A Christmas Carol before and think it is a must to read each Christmas season. I would give it 5 stars!

I am going to base my review on the book The Chimes. It is a New Year's Tale, so I thought it was fitting to read it in January. It is not a long book but it did take me several days to really get into it. Once I did, I finished it in one sitting.

It was sad to see how terribly the poor people during D
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Scott
Being as it is near impossible to gauge the narrative strength of “A Christmas Carol”—the basic story and its many film and animated adaptations so ingrained in our culture—I still can’t help myself from wondering if “The Cricket on the Hearth” would not be an even more beloved holiday staple if only more people knew of it. “Cricket” was, after all, more beloved in Dickens’s own time. The narrative twists and beautifully written passages give ample reason why a 19th Century readership, if not ev ...more
Todd
I have always loved Dickens Christmas Carol, but have never read his trilogy of Christmas stories.
I did find them worthwhile, but not as intriguing as Christmas Carol itself.
The Chimes is slightly grim, but still has a good outcome(it is rather the typical beat them down then pull a good lesson out of it type of story)-thankfulness for what you are given and have, a good lesson.
And of course these stories are extremely time driven, so you have to think as if you were in that day(it does pull you
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Julie
Between his books, I forget how much I love Dickens. I still can't remember if I've read "A Christmas Carol" before, but in any case I've just finished it for perhaps the first, perhaps the second time.

Now on to two stories I know I've never read.

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"The Chimes" is a very odd story, and one where the point seems to be flying right over my head. It is compelling, though too long, and without the punchiness of "A Christmas Carol."

***

"The Cricket on the Hearth" is more accessible than "The Chimes"
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Clio
The four stars that I have given this collection can be best attributed to the third and final story in it: The Cricket on the Hearth. While I rather enjoyed A Christmas Carol it didn't capture me the way the last story did. probably this has something to do with the fact that I already knew the story so well. Good about CC is that it has a nice parallel structure, that really simplifies the reading, cause let's face it Dickens isn't always entirely understandable. I really enjoyed the cncept be ...more
Tim
I've read nine Dickens novels, but finally got around to reading his "Christmas Books." The unfortunate thing about reading "A Christmas Carol" is that its plot has been done to death visually. That takes some of the punch out of the story, we know so much of it already. Still, TV and movie versions often focus too much on the monetary miserliness of Scrooge and leave out some of the details of the ghosts' visits.

I expected my familiarity with the story to drag down my enjoyment of the tale; I
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Laurie
So I read this book in attempt to tackle Charles Dickens again. The only other thing I have ever read by him was Great Expectations in the 9th grade. I didn't really like that book except for Miss Havisham. I thought she was kind of a cool, creepy character. I saw this book in Barnes and Noble and thought I would give him another shot. I mean, I was in the 9th grade. What 9th grader really loves Charles Dickens? I have always liked movies based on a Christmas Carol. The written story was pretty ...more
Heather
Of course there is no possible way I could ever criticize this classic. However I would like to say that I love this book and I've hence learned a lot of Charles Dickens history, the reason for this particular piece, and his character through that of the nephew. If you've read this book and haven't learned anything then shame on you.
Also the character of Tiny Tim whom goes to church to remind everyone the reason for the season was that of Christ and the blessings he brings to all, even despite
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Samantha
Mar 31, 2010 Samantha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samantha by: Brian C.
"From Scrooge’s “Bah!” and “Humbug!” to Tiny Tim’s “God bless us every one!” A Christmas Carol shines with warmth, kindness, and humility.But beneath its sentimental surface, A Christmas Carol offers another of Dickens’s sharply critical portraits of a brutal society and an inspiring celebration of the possibility of spiritual psychological and social change.

I would have to say that I enjoyed the last story the best: The Crickett on the Hearth.
At times, I struggled to comprehend and follow along
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Robin
Of course a wonderful classic. I honestly can't find much wrong with it except Dickens is a little annoying with the interjections. He did this in all three stories. I know it's his method and type of writings. By the third book it was only half as annoying. Sometimes a bit too long with likening things you know the "such as" stuff. I didn't get all of the meaning of the chitt-chatt stuff. Maybe it's early English I don't get. The Chimes was weird I'm not sure I cared for that one too much, all ...more
Mary
A Christmas Carol is the best of the stories. A story where I was very familiar with the plot but enjoyed Dickens' prose. I had never read either The Chimes or The Cricket on the Hearth before. In both of these stories, Dickens has his poor and honest characters who are selfless and needlessly suffer while the wealth enjoy themselves. These stories are well worth reading and come out of a tradition I was not aware of that includes the telling of ghost stories at Christmas.

Patrick
A Christmas Carol is a justified classic. The Chimes, however, is just a slight variation on A Christmas Carol, with the main character, who suffers and internalizes the judgment of his social betters that poor people such as himself are worthless and should not hope for happiness, is shown on New Year's Eve a future where this belief comes true, and, of course, realizes the error of this ways; because the belief is imposed upon him, rather than something he chose, there is no meaningful change ...more
Dee
One of these stories is not like the other...and that would be The Chimes, gosh it was so boring!! Which is a shame because Charles Dickens is SUCH a genius with words and the other two stories in the book are so awesome!

How can I even criticize Dickens then if he is so amazing? Well he has this really irritating tendency to sometimes write really really long sentences, that go on and on for a paragraph or two and forgets to break them up with punctuation like periods, and what you end up with i
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Graham Downs
I'd never actually READ A Christmas Carol before, although like most people I think I'm pretty familiar with the story, from the many movies, TV shows and cartoons over the years. Still, I enjoyed READING the story for the first time, and all the little idiosyncrasies that aren't present in the various TV adaptations.

It was interesting to note that the story actually has very little to do with money. Most of what we know of the story focuses on Scrooge's miserliness, and the fact that he is a v
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Rebecca
I thought it was great. Sickens is an easier read than many of his contemporaries though it was still a little tough to really get into him. The three stories in this collection are timeless classics that I hope to make time for next holiday season as well.
Knitme23
I love Dickens, and I love a bargain, so when Audible offered me a Jim Dale reading of this story free as a Christmas thank you, I jumped at it . . . Perfect listening for the week before C'mas vacation, thought I.

Well. It's one weird little story. It opens with a long "conversation" between the cricket on the hearth and the tea kettle. Honest. Then we meet the family who lives in the house: little Dot (whose real name is Mary) ad her (in modern eyes, creepily) older husband. . . . and, luckily
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J.M. Hushour
The only reason this gets the three-star treatment and not something more vile and unchristian is because 'A Christmas Carol' is an unabashed masterpiece. Any adaptation you've ever seen (the Jim Carrey animated one is the most faithful I've seen, believe-it-or-not) probably didn't do it justice. Short, succinct, and brimming over with joy and plenty of muthafuckin' pathos, it really is the quintessential novel for Christmas. Even more so because, as I read parallel to the novella, Christmas was ...more
Lucie B.
I mistr spisovatel se někdy utne a tato kniha je toho důkazem. Tři povídky, tři hvězdičky jako průměr. Vánoční koleda se vyšplhala na čtyři, Cvrček na krbu by zasloužil dvě. Není divu, že je z Dickensových vánočních povídek známá jen Vánoční koleda, zbylým dvěma nepomůže ani vánoční nálada. Zvony jsou nepříliš vydařenou variací na duchařské téma první zmíněné povídky a Cvrček na krbu nudí a moralizuje (jeho výhodou je, že je poslední a člověku je líto načatou knihu nedočíst).

Spíše než jednotlivé
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Jessica
Again, Dickens' skill at writing proves nothing short of virtuosic. I should start a list of quotes derived exclusively from his novels (consider the ending to The Chimes, for instance). It struck me how thematically altered, yet thoroughly Dickensian these Christmas stories were. There are perhaps two main foci that figure in differing degrees in a Dickens work - the macrocosm/microcosm of the individual in society. Dickens' attention to both scales of humanity renders even his more socially re ...more
Jemma
'A Christmas Carol' is certainly one of those classics that everyone should read regularly. I know I've read it before but couldn't remember all the details.

It took me more than a month to read all three stories in this book. I fooled myself into thinking it would be a quick read because it was small, but it had tiny, thin pages and was actually very long.

'A Christmas Carol' filled me with such great hope and joy at what it is to be human, and showed me that it's important to appreciate what an
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Kate
I've never been a fan of Dickens (*traumatizing flashback to high-school assigned reading of A Tale of Two Cities*), but I wanted to read this one because, well, it's Christmas, and who doesn't love A Christmas Carol?

I give A Christmas Carol 5 stars (*****). There's a reason it's a classic. We all know the story, so I won't go into it.

The Chimes only gets two (**). The story itself was too similar to A Christmas Carol, but not nearly as interesting or as well written (IMO). Maybe if I had read i
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Ryan G
Well I finally did it, I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for the very first time in my life. Now like most people, this was a story I was already familiar with through the numerous film adaptations so the book didn't have any big surprises in store for me. I loved it anyway. It was like visiting an old friend you haven't seen in a while and rediscovering what made you friends to begin with.


I had forgotten how elegant of a writer Charles Dickens was, the words he chose and the way they
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Redfox5
Oh dear. I gave up with this one. Usually I would struggle through but I just don't have the time. Although I skipped 'A Christmas Carol' I think it would be unfair to rate the book based on the last two books so have dug up my reveiw for a Christmas Carol to include here.

A Christmas Carol - 10/10
Thanks to the muppets this was like reading something I'd read before. I'm glad it was how I expected it to be. I find some of Dickens other books a tad boring, not this one! I love the story of A Chr
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Leonor (Ner)
Jul 24, 2012 Leonor (Ner) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classic lovers and Christmas traditionalist
Shelves: classics, fantasy, review
Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book"

I only read "A Christmas Carol" and began "The Chimes" (which I had to stop due to personal problems) but I was completely hooked by Dickens amazing and haunting Christmas story.
Sure we all know the plot of the three ghosts visiting Mr. Scrooge, and we've all seen plenty of movies concerning it, but there's nothing better than the original story.

Mr. Scrooge is an arrogant old man who hates Christmas and who hates sharing happiness and fortune. He
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Michele
I gave 5 stars to this book just for A Christmas Carol. That story alone is reason enough to own this book. I'll break down my reviews of the separate stories below:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (5 STARS):
For the past few years, I've been making a point to read this every Christmas. Time after time, I am swept away in Dickens' language, re-reading certain sentences over and over becuase they are so beautifully constructed, I want to burn the image of the words into my eyes. Even though we all know the story
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Shawn Thrasher
I only read "A Christmas Carol" and as this is January 3 and I'm holiday'd out, I'm going to save the other stories until next year. A Christmas Carol
is a classic Christmas story, maybe the best one of all time(well, perhaps second best of all time, after THE Christmas story in Luke, King James Version of course). It's also moving and uplifting, even after a century and a half. But what's really sort of cool and amazing about A Christmas Carol is that it's still pretty scary. Not modern movie sc
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Emma
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a classic that will forever remain timeless. It tells of how people often overlook the idea that giving is more important than receiving at Christmas time. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly man who at the beginning of the story, does not care for anyone other than himself. When his old friend comes back from the dead to warn him that three spirits will visit him on Christmas night, Scrooge is in for a big epiphany. Scrooge travels through his past, present, and ...more
Zandt McCue
One would think that they know the story of A Christmas Carol what with all the adaptions thrown down our throats so often. You can stop anyone in the street and they can give you a full on summary of it.

Let me fill you in on a secret. You don't know Dickens.

I was expecting to read boring prose that was done better in the movies, but instead I had my face kicked in. Not by any exciting out of the world sequences, but because there's more characterization. More realizations. It's not just a cut
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“. . . such a rush immediately ensued that she with laughing face and plundered dress was borne towards it the centre of a flushed and boisterous group, just in time to greet the father, who came home attended by a man laden with Christmas toys and presents. Then the shouting and the struggling, and the onslaught that was made on the defenceless porter! Then scaling him, with chairs for ladders, to dive into his pockets, despoil him of brown-paper parcels, hold on tight by his cravat, hug him round the neck, pommel his back and kick his legs in irrepressible affection! The shouts of wonder and delight with wich the development of every package was received! The terrible announcement that the baby had been taken in the act of putting a doll's frying-pan into his mouth, and was more than suspected of having swallowed a fictitious turkey, glued on a wooden platter! The immense relief of finding this false alarm! The joy, and gratitude, and ecstasy! They are indescribable alike. It is enough that by degrees the children and their emotions got out of the parlor, and by one stair at a time up to the top of the house; where they went to bed, and so subsided.” 1 likes
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