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A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version] Audiobook

A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version]

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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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    Matthew TauntonUnited Kingdom 22/10/2007
    Matthew TauntonUnited Kingdom 22/10/2007
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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
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    FictionFan 02/03/2017
    FictionFan 02/03/2017
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    "Bah! Humbug! But then I love humbugs..."
    Any additional comments?

    I had the great privilege some years ago of seeing Patrick Stewart’s one-man show of A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic theatre in London – one of the theatrical highlights of my life. At the time I was aware of him as Jean-Luc Picard of the Star Ship Enterprise and knew that he’d been a ‘proper’ Shakespearian actor before that. But seeing him perform Dickens’ wonderful story live was a revelation. This audio version is based on that performance.

    A Christmas Carol must surely rate as the best ghost story of all time, and be on the shortlist at least for best short story. Dickens’ exuberant and larger-than-life style is perfectly suited to a tale of this nature, and it in turn is perfectly suited to the message of Christmas. We see Scrooge first as a mean and miserly old man, measuring out his clerk’s coal and objecting to losing a day’s work for Christmas. Our introduction to the ghost of Marley is truly scary – the clanking chains, the face on the door-knocker, the chimes of the clock; and who can forget the gaping jaw as Marley removes the kerchief tied around his head? The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come lead us through a turmoil of emotions as we see the lonely little boy, the young man who lost his one love, the gradual sinking into loneliness and miserliness, and the horror of what might be to come. But Dickens does redemption like no-one else, and he leads us away from the despair of Ignorance and Want towards a joyous and uplifting ending, where Scrooge gains his salvation through learning that to give to those less fortunate than himself brings him the pleasure and happiness he had forgotten could exist.

    Stewart’s performance is superb. There’s no music, no sound-effects – he performs the whole thing completely with his voice, creating different personas for each character, each fully realised and totally individual. It is his voice that gives us the bells, the chimes of the clock – it’s through his voice that we hear the fear, the horror, the hope and finally the wondrous joy. When Scrooge learns to laugh at the end, I defy anyone not to laugh with him. When he sings a Christmas carol for the first time in years we hear his voice go through the stages from creaky and rusty to a full-scale boisterous bellow. And when he gives us Dickens’ last sugary-sweet line, he makes it so tender that even the cliché becomes truly moving.

    This is an abridged version, running at just under two hours, but it’s so skilfully done I’m never really aware of what’s missing. It’s a once a year must-listen for me and I love it just as much each time. A masterly performance of a masterpiece, and guaranteed to boost your festive stock of goodwill to all men.

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    Jamie Jameson 28/01/2017
    Jamie Jameson 28/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic"

    fantastic 😀 could not stop listening. only wish it were a longer story etc. etc.

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    Mell 27/12/2016
    Mell 27/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story. Great narrator 5* ****"

    Mine and everyone's favourite Christmas story, having seen Patrick Stewart in his movie version of Christmas Carol and loved that, was hoping I'd love this too & thankfully I wasn't disappointed. This audio book is excellent

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    Mark Gannon 11/12/2015
    Mark Gannon 11/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    A great Christmas story, brought to joyful life by Patrick Stewart. You will love it.

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    Reader in Surrey Surrey UK 26/11/2015
    Reader in Surrey Surrey UK 26/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    AWESOME
    GREAT ONE CHARLIE DICKENS
    This book was a great read and very funny... It had some good meaning to it!

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    Richard66 21/11/2015
    Richard66 21/11/2015
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    "Brilliant"

    Absolutely love this story it's one of my favourites and read beautifully by Patrick Stewart, loved him in the movie too.
    I would recommend this version to anyone, just brilliant.

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    janet birmingham, United Kingdom 09/12/2010
    janet birmingham, United Kingdom 09/12/2010 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Steven Musselburgh, East Lothian, United Kingdom 08/12/2009
    Steven Musselburgh, East Lothian, United Kingdom 08/12/2009
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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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  • Christina
    Victorville, CA, USA
    11/12/07
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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!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    Queen Creek, AZ
    13/04/15
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Charla
    Fort Lupton, CO, USA
    02/01/08
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    "Excellent!"

    Very well done, enjoyable!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • T. Mcpherson
    Illinois
    21/12/08
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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
  • Andrea
    Canaan, NH, United States
    18/01/12
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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
  • Garry
    Mooloolah Valley, Australia
    16/01/12
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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
  • Randall
    Harrisburg, PA, United States
    19/12/11
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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
  • cmbcole
    Washington, DC United States
    20/12/16
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    "Christmas Carol Perfection"
    What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version] the most enjoyable?

    Patrick Stewart is a master actor, obviously. I love his reading of this book. It's an annual listen for me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    24/11/14
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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
  • Cheyne
    Warrenton, VA United States
    04/03/14
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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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