I picked this one up just because it was short and I was in the mood for it. I love this classic story and I think no home library is complete without it. I've seen many theatrical renditions of the story, but this was the first time I've read the original work. It was fun for me to compare Dickens' novel with the play I'm so familiar with. And that it took only a little more time to read than watching it on stage would take makes it a great pass-time. Four and a half stars go to Mr. Dickens. Maybe that's unfair; I think that half star may have fallen off just because the used copy I was reading smelled so strongly of smoke. Sorry, Charles. I know that's not your fault, but it is what it is.