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Saturday, December 30, 2017

#Audiobook #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett #RWilliamBennett @ShadowMountn

NARRATOR: Simon Vance
PUBLISHER: Shadow Mountain
PUBLICATION DATE: May 30, 2013 (first published 2011)
FORMAT: Audiobook
LENGTH: 4 hrs and 13 mins
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Holiday/Christmas
"Marley was dead to begin with...."

These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn't he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge?

Or had he?

Written with a voice reminiscent of Dickens, Jacob T. Marley is a masterfully crafted story of remorse and redemption, sure to become a Christmas favorite.


I just love Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and when I saw Audible feature this audiobook about Jacob Marley as one of their Daily Deals, I snatched it up! I'm so glad that I did, because it perfectly complements the Dickens tale we all know so well. The style of the story is as though it was written by Dickens himself, which is the highest compliment that I can give to the author.

I loved learning more about Marley, and about the heroic grandfather who he was named after. This is the missing piece to A Christmas Carol: Marley's motivation in helping Scrooge and how he was able to do that and the result of his actions on his own afterlife. 

Simon Vance is spot-on as narrator, as usual. I loved how he brought this tale to life, and it was perfection! He even brought me to tears, as I was so touched by the story.


5 stars!! I loved it, and this will be a seasonal favourite and I will likely re-read it. Highly recommended if you enjoy Dickens' A Christmas Carol!

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