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A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version] | [Charles Dickens]

A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version]

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.
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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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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    Christina Victorville, CA, USA 12-11-07
    Christina Victorville, CA, USA 12-11-07
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    "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!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 01-02-08
    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 01-02-08
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    "Excellent!"

    Very well done, enjoyable!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    T. Mcpherson Illinois 12-21-08
    T. Mcpherson Illinois 12-21-08 Listener Since 2008

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    "Excellent!!! A+++"

    Patrick Stewart does a extraordinary job in this reading. He brings new energy to the characters and is just a pleasure to listen to. Well worth the money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    StarLord Queen Creek, AZ 04-13-15
    StarLord Queen Creek, AZ 04-13-15 Member Since 2010

    You want me to take out both ear buds?

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    "Captin 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 regular ones so you do lose some of the classic parts, but you also get another point of view so ...... maybe it's ok.

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 01-18-12
    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "My Favorite Christmas book"

    Listening to Patrick Stewart reading this clasic Christmas tale in his marvelous brogue is the ONLY way to listen to it. It has become a Christmas tradition for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Mooloolah Valley, Australia 01-16-12
    Garry Mooloolah Valley, Australia 01-16-12
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    "Patrick Stewart is Brilliant"
    Would you listen to A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version] again? Why?

    Yes. The production is magnificent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scrooge is in all of us.


    What does Patrick Stewart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brilliant voice characterisations by this Shakespearean actor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Pedersen NJ, USA 01-07-12
    A. Pedersen NJ, USA 01-07-12 Member Since 2001
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    "This is the version you need to listen to"

    Normally, I don't like abridged audiobooks. I make an exception for this one, however. A Christmas Carol is one of Patrick Stewart's favorite stories and it really shows. Although this edition does cut out some of Dickens own commentary and small bits of the story, it does not cut out anything critical and stays 100% true to the original. Patrick Stewart's narration is absolutely masterful. He does a wonderful job of capturing the essence of each character.

    If you only listen to one version of this story for the holidays, make it this one. You won't regret it.

    If you listen to two versions (as I usually end up doing), pick this one up and the unabridged version by Jim Dale.

    Merry Christmas!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randall 12-19-11
    Randall 12-19-11
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    "Patrick Stewart is Outstanding"
    What did you love best about A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version]?

    The performance paints a very accurate picture of victorian England, Stewarts performance really puts you into the action, and draws you into the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since Patrick Stewart treats this as a one man show, he is the only character


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Stewart???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am a big fan of Stewart, including his Star Trek performances, and as Captain Ahab in Moby Dick.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it can be broken up into various sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the price, and an exceptional recording.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sara 11-24-14
    sara 11-24-14
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    "i like this book of the christmas carol"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The fast chapter 1


    What about Patrick Stewart’s performance did you like?

    I like the patrick Stewart's


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did net cry at the book


    Any additional comments?

    I like book a last

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheyne Warrenton, VA United States 03-04-14
    Cheyne Warrenton, VA United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A New Addition to our Christmas routine"
    Would you listen to A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version] again? Why?

    We will listen every year on Christmas eve.


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Stewart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Patrick Stewart book, but as an actor I respect him and even more now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened with my family in one sitting. We put it on the stereo and listened together.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Matthew
    TauntonUnited Kingdom
    10/22/07
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • janet
    birmingham, United Kingdom
    12/9/10
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    "I wish Patrick would do more of these."

    The storyline is naturally, and always, a classic. We all know it, and have seen it countless times, in countless forms.

    But Patrick really makes the book come alive, he is an excellent narrator, and makes for a very enjoyable experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Musselburgh, East Lothian, United Kingdom
    12/8/09
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    "A Classic! This is the version to get!"

    Patrick Stewart amazing performance really makes this a standout download!

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