• A Christmas Carol (Simon & Schuster Edition)

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (2,425 ratings)

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A Christmas Carol (Simon & Schuster Edition)

By: Charles Dickens
Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
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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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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)

Featured Article: A Christmas Carol and Scrooged—Book vs. Movie


Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol has endured as a beloved story of redemption for nearly 200 years and permeated our popular culture in innumerable ways. From screen, stage, and cartoon adaptations to spoofs and retellings to everyday slang (particularly, "Bah humbug"), the influence of this holiday tale cannot be understated. See how it stacks up to well-known contemporary twists, such as the movie Scrooged, starring Bill Murray.