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Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.
This reading of Dickens's "Christmas Carol" by the late Sir John Gielgud is one of the better ones on the market. Sir John did not try to create voices for all of the characters he just gave a simple, yet
entertaining reading. As for the music it does not bother me. After all Naxos Audiobooks does much the same with their titles. If I were to compare it to other readings, I would say it is better than some of them, and in a few cases on a par with some of them. It puts the
story across with only a little abridgement, which unless you know the story by heart you will not really miss the pieces that are cut.
I also recommend the versions with Sir Ralph Richardson and the one with Paul Scofield. As for the one with Sir Laurence Olivier, it is only okay in my opinon. I personally feel that this recording is much better than the one with Patrick Stewart, I think he tried a little too hard to "tell" the story.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a great literary work and John Gielgud who is one of the great narrators and actors of the 20th Century this combination has become a great holiday traditions for my family and I. We listen to this great adaption every Christmas. Dicken's great alliteration and Geilgud's rich voice is always captivating.
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