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Marley

De : Jon Clinch
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From the acclaimed author of the “marvel of a novel” (Entertainment Weekly) Finn comes a masterful reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol with this darkly entertaining and moving exploration of the twisted relationship between Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley.

Young Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley are very different in temperament when they meet in the gloomy confines of Professor Drabb’s Academy for Boys, but they form a bond that will endure for the rest of their lives.

As years go by, with Marley’s genius for deception and Scrooge’s brilliance with numbers, they build a shipping empire of dubious legality and pitiless commitment to the slave trade, concealing their true investments under the noses of the London authorities. Circumstances change, however, when beautiful Belle Fairchild steps into Ebenezer’s life and calls into question the practices that made him wealthy. Under the influence of a newfound passion, Ebenezer tries to turn Scrooge and Marley’s business toward better ends, but his partner is not ready to give up his unsavory past or easy profits so quickly. Ignoring the costs to themselves and those around them, the two engage in a shadowy war against each other, leading to an unforgettable reckoning that will echo into their futures.

Brilliantly written in Jon Clinch’s signature “spellbinding” (The Washington Post) prose, Marley is an unforgettable reimagining that will forever deepen the way you view the Christmas classic.

©2019 Jon Clinch (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • John F. Kaess
  • 11/10/2019

Marley earned those chains

Clinch's exposition of the man Jacob Marley fully fleshes out how someone could deserve the punishment we find him bound to in A Christmas Carol. The tale is finely crafted and it is a dark story. The narration is excellent and perfect for this book. I heartily recommend it.

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  • Jean Schaich
  • 23/12/2019

Marley’s Background

After reading Charles Dickens’ book, “A Christmas Carol,” I watched the new TV movie version of it this past week. Then, I listened to “Marley.” Both the TV movie and this book, do a great job of filling in the blank of what was going on prior to the visitation of the three Christmas spirits. It’s all fiction, but it does enlighten the reader why Marley had such a long chain of links and cash boxes attached to him and why he comes back to warn Scrooge of the length of his own chain. If you’d like a clearer understanding of England at that time, via a fictional one, this is a great e-book to provide it.

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  • TGR
  • 01/01/2020

THIS should become a classic tale...

Much like A Christmas Carol, this novel should become a known work— it should always be read before reading Dickens’ classic. Films, many, many versions of it should be made! THAT is how wonderful a novel it is! Everything about the story, and the performance was spot on. I want to start over and listen again! It was a remarkable imagining of the lives of characters thought known and written so incredibly well. I wish I could give even more stars and greater accolades... it was hard to stop listening to tend to other things. Even with knowing (of course) how it would end, I wanted to k ow HOW it would end! Great listen and I hope this author gives us the perspectives of other characters from many other notable stories. You will enjoy this book!

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  • Malin
  • 31/12/2019

Ponzi before Ponzi

It took me one chapter to be drawn in to Clinch’s prequel to A Christmas Carol, after which I was hooked. Clinch, a Dickensian name if ever there was one, beautifully captures the cadence of Victorian England, along with every trope of Dickens’s classic. As luck would have it, I had the chance to see the new Steve Knight version of the story right before beginning this Audible performance. It was like getting a double whammy dose of darkness added to an already cautionary tale. Business convolutions and shadows are given free reign in Clinch’s Marley, and although the book centers on the title character, Scrooge is not given short shrift. He becomes a more understandable figure under Clinch’s pen; I saw him as a boy to man dealing with a type of OCD and perhaps spectrum challenge that influences his emotional intelligence. We also are given compelling spins on Fan and Belle, welcomed additions to the tale. Davies gives an excellent read, imbuing Scrooge with an interesting humanity when the storm of numbers and sums finally settle and he can truly talk to Belle, but there is a tinge of undue malevolence in his speech for most of the novel. Still, it all works. A super read all around, and I will now be looking for more from the author.

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  • L. Lynn Zieber
  • 26/12/2019

Tidy

This work does a tidy account of how Scrooge and Marley came to be the characters as we know in “The Christmas Carol”. If anyone ever felt bad for how Marley came to be in the original story, this story rightfully declares how very earned his immortal torment is. He almost becomes pitiable...until you realize what he did to get where he ended up.