4.45/5 stars Ebenezer by Douglas Bass

Narrated by Benjamin Fife

*Discussion may contain spoilers*

Summary:

A prequel of sorts/ retelling for A Christmas Carol. This focuses largely on Ebenezer Scrooge’s life from birth to death and everything in between.

Additional Comments:

– It’s entirely too long. This story could have been adequately told in about 9 hrs. It took 25 minutes to say “hey, I have a story to tell you.” The style uses an excessive amount of words.

– One character did not get his comeuppance. That ticked me off. One did, that was satisfying.

– The character development of Scrooge from naive kid to tool for the wicked to curmudgeon to saint was fun to see. 

– Quite a few sections repeated conversations. I get why-because it was often adding a different perspective – but it’s still annoying to hear sections repeated word for word. There was a nice song included, but even that, we don’t need to hear several times.

– The performance was great. Benjamin Fife was a good choice for the character.

– The premise of the story – that mankind’s purpose is to serve others and earn a happy afterlife – is inherently flawed but still comforting during the holiday season. (Ie. Ebenezer’s good deeds being counted as part of redemption for somebody else.)

– Ebenezer often made infuriating leaps of logic even after getting a prime example of things being different. (Ie. His insistence that he would die on the date he saw in the stone during the vision. He knew for a fact things could change because he changed Tim’s fortunes already.)

  • I had to stop listening a few times. 

– The closing section took like two hours. The tie ins to A Christmas Carol were interesting but took 14 hours to reach. It’s not a traditional story in the sense of having a distinct climax near the end. There are a few ups and downs instead.

– I liked Belle. She was a little too perfect, but since the story was from the perspective of a guy who outright idolized her, it works.

Conclusion:

If you enjoy tie ins to classic works and can listen for 17plus hours, this is a good book to try.

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