• A Christmas Carol (Simon & Schuster Edition)

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-25-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (943 ratings)

Regular price: $13.27

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Publisher's Summary

Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge come to marvelous life in Patrick Stewart's critically-acclaimed solo interpretation of A Christmas Carol. The star of X-Men and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart has performed his one-man stage production of this holiday classic to sell-out audiences. Now, in this Grammy-nominated studio recording of the dazzling achievement that has thrilled audiences in New York and Los Angeles, Stewart invites listeners to rediscover the timeless story at its source: Dickens' own words, presented in a soaring, virtuoso solo performance in which Stewart plays all parts.
©1991 Camm Lane, Inc (P)2006 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"Reciting the litany of Scrooge's scrooginess, Stewart relishes the emotional gamut of meanness....Humbug seldom sounds so good." (Newsweek)
"Not only is Patrick Stewart wonderful, but this is surely one of the best performances of A Christmas Carol ever recorded....By sheer energy and dramatic skill, Stewart invests this story with not merely life, but freshness, excitement, and wonder." (The Washington Post)
"A low tech audio Christmas card: no sound effects, no gimmicks, just one of the the great voices of the contemporary classical stage creating as vivid a cast of characters as Dickens imagines. The Royal Shakespeare Company veteran...doesn't so much read the story as inhabit it with infectious delight." (Entertainment Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Christina on 12-11-07

It's not Christmas without this (audio)book

This is by far one of my favorite audio books of all time.

My grandparents bought me the cassette version at LEAST 15 years ago, and I've been listening to it faithfully every year since. I don't feel that Christmas has truly arrived until I've done so.

Patrick Stewart's one-man performance is just incredible, and I actually prefer it to the "movie" version that aired a few years ago, in which he also starred.

Highly highly HIGHLY recommended!

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 04-13-15

Captain Picard saves the day!

I am not really a fan of the Simon & Schuster version of "A Christmas Carol" but the awesomeness of Patrick Stewart's reading makes up for the cringe factor when the story deviates from the traditional version.

The story is shorter than the traditional one so you lose some of the classic parts, but you also get another point of view so maybe it's ok.

It's a good listen, but I recommend following it up with the Patrick Stewart movie version of this story.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 10-22-07

An abosolute must have!

Brilliant, simply brilliant, a fantastic story, brought to new life by a fantastic performance by Patrick Stewart. Stewart doesn't just read the book, he acts it out vocally, in a true style of one of the greatest actors of our age. Definately the highest priority for this christmas.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Donna Marie Marshall on 12-23-17

Patrick Stewart is just amazing!

thoroughly enjoyed by myself and am looking forward to letting the kids listen in this time

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5 out of 5 stars
By Claire on 12-24-16

Wept As I Listened

Full disclosure - I adore Star Trek. But still, for any listener, this is such a beautiful performance. And Dickens. Like the Beatles. The real thing. A beautiful story to remind us of our social and moral obligations, at a time of year we often forget them in an orgy of spending and credit worry. Very prescient in a time of such economic inequality. Listen to it on Christmas Eve.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bruce on 06-24-15

Lovely Story

Written a long time ago and as apt and enjoyable today as it ever was.

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