It's Charles Dickens everywhere!

Tom Jackson
Dec 10, 2010

Charles Dickens has returned to Sandusky, in a way. Window displays for "A Christmas Carol" are back in downtown Sandusky, although some of them are on display at Sandusky Mall this year.

As I've mentioned before Dickens visited Sandusky in 1842, describing it in "American Notes," his travelogue, as "sluggish and uninteresting." (He was already a successful novelist at the time, although 1843's "A Christmas Carol" was still a year away.)

Two Dickens books, "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Great Expectations," are the latest picks from Oprah's Book Club. Both books — and also "A Christmas Carol" — may be downloaded free, in a variety of formats, from Project Gutenberg.

Free audiobooks on the Internet can be dicey in quality because they depend upon the ability of the volunteers reading the text. However, a good audiobook of "A Christmas Carol" (read by by Glen Hallstrom) is available here.