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The Evening Read-In: A Christmas Carol Part 1

Written by The Reader, 24th November 2011

It's here - the first part of the very first TRO Evening Read-In! If you're quite settled, and have enough tea or hot chocolate and biscuits to last you through just under an hour, then we'll begin the story of Dickens' A Christmas Carol... (click the link below to start listening)

A Christmas Carol - Part One audio

Go here if you'd like to read along with the text as you listen...

And if you'd rather just listen, a brief synopsis of the first part:

Ebenezer Scrooge is a cold man. It is not just his surroundings that replicate the iciest chill of the fiercest Arctic winter, but his very person too. He is miserly, miserable, self-contained and almost completely cut-off from family, friends and society – his only ‘friend’ and ‘kindred spirit’ in the world, Jacob Marley (of Scrooge & Marley) having died on Christmas Eve seven years earlier. Even before Marley’s death, Scrooge never particularly liked Christmas. He certainly doesn’t see it as an occasion to celebrate or reason to holiday from work.

As Christmas Day fast approaches, Scrooge is distinctly without Christmas cheer and has little time or consideration to give to anyone wanting to celebrate the season – not his very cheery nephew Fred, not passing carollers, certainly not the poor and destitute who could profit from his assistance at this special time of year. He is just about able to begrudgingly allow his overwrought clerk, Bob Cratchit, to have Christmas Day off to spend with his family – but not without wondering why anyone would rather celebrate when they could be productive and working, even if the occasion only falls once a year.

As Scrooge returns to his house that Christmas Eve – which is just as dark and dismal as his place of work, if not more so - he expects to face an entirely normal night with definitely no out-of-the-ordinary occurrences. But soon after he enters, some very strange things happen which puts Scrooge in rather a superstitious mood. In his home, Scrooge receives another visitor – and not one he can so easily dismiss – who has a stark warning for Scrooge about his life and his ways, with a promise of more unwelcome visitors to come…

It's an interactive shared reading experience - so join in the conversation by tweeting: attach the hashtag #eveningreadin to your tweets (or tweet us @thereaderorg) so you can share your thoughts on Scrooge and the story over the next hour.

9 thoughts on “The Evening Read-In: A Christmas Carol Part 1

apem1 says:

This was well-read and a much appreciated rendering of the first part of the ‘Christmas Carol’-thankyou.

Lisa says:

We’re very glad you enjoyed – Part 2 will be here same time next week!

patricia kane says:

Just discovered this wonderful website. Thank you so much for the reading of the first part of ‘A Christmas Carol’, what a treat, Just Lovely

Lisa says:

You’re very welcome and we’re glad you found us! You’ll be able to listen to the other parts of the story in the coming weeks…

I really enjoyed the first instalment. Tonight I settled down, turned off the TV and got ready to listen….only to discover Part Two is next Thursday! I had obviously not read the information properly! I look forward to the next reading.

Lisa says:

We wish we could read Dickens every night of the week! But alas, The Evening Read-Ins are of a Thursday evening only. We look forward to having you listen in this Thursday!

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Louise says:

luckily got round to listening to this loved it especially the accent actually never read CHRISTMAS CAROL BEFORE although know the story !! just glad i had the light on

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