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4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5 4.40 (62 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Patrick Stewart Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9780743563802
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Reciting the litany of Scrooge’s scrooginess, Stewart relishes the emotional gamut of meanness…Humbug seldom sounds so good.”

    Newsweek

  • “A holiday celebration can no longer be considered complete without a good listen to Patrick Stewart’s audio performance of Dickens’ Christmas classic. You get here what you won’t get anywhere else: each word of Dickens’ remarkable narrative rendered with mesmerizing skill by Stewart…The experience offered by Dickens and Stewart is so fresh, so rich, so detailed, and so heartfelt, that new traditions will need to be developed: put another log on the fire, gather round the family stereo. This is storytelling at its pure, simple, powerful best.”

    AudioFile

  • “Stewart is in rare form, using his considerable range of voices to play all roles, from the Ghost of Christmas past to Tiny Tim…This rendition of Dickens’ classic will get you in a Yuletide mood.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/19/2014

    " I had a hard time reading this. I kept picturing the movie (Muppets none the less) and the language kept throwing me off. some of the movies follow the book so closely that I prefer the movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arwen S | 2/11/2014

    " One of my favorite Christmas tales, this story teaches the true meaning of Christmas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hal Brodsky | 2/10/2014

    " You think you know this story, but do you remember the miners ? I thought not. This is some of our greatest author's most accessible writing, so pick up or download a copy of this Novella. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fitrilya | 2/8/2014

    " this book is absolutely not a 'humbug' :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vishy | 1/23/2014

    " I read 'A Christmas Carol' for the first time a few years back on Christmas day :) Read it again today. I seem to have forgotten most of the story. But it was nice even on the re-read. The first few passages of the story are vintage Dickens. The ending of the story is heartwarming. A beautiful classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BarbieGoneBad | 1/21/2014

    " My favourite Xmas classic. Read it every year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin McLeod | 1/21/2014

    " Beautiful story. One of the timeless classics. I can't actually remember how many times I have read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ani | 1/17/2014

    " I absolutely loved it. Over the years I've become very jaded with the story and have felt that it was overdone--that is until now, having actually read the original. By far surpassing every screen depiction. The descriptions and use of language are wonderfully evocative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Holmes | 1/12/2014

    " I read this to my kids today apparently Jim Hension's Muppet one is way better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/2/2014

    " It's certainly a story that just about everyone knows, but that doesn't mean it's not still fun to read as it was originally written, as opposed to all the other ways to hear the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya Woloszyn | 1/1/2014

    " Read the whole thing out loud in two sittings with all the different voices. Excellent fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cricket Haley | 12/31/2013

    " I just listened to the Audible version which was a free gift, Narrated by Tim Curry! I do love to be read to! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raegan | 12/26/2013

    " I actually listened to this on audio, narrated by Tim Curry! It was great to re-visit a movie I have seen many times as a child. A true holiday classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Bailey | 12/24/2013

    " Great classic. An excellent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecka | 12/21/2013

    " Having grown up watching Scrooge, it bothered me when things in the book were different. :) Still a very entertaining story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas Mariner | 12/20/2013

    " I've decided to begin a new tradition called 'December with Dickens' where I read a Dickens book every December (so it's pretty cleverly named, I think). This seemed like a logical place to start. Humbug. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siobhán | 12/12/2013

    " Charles Dickens has given the readers a real insight into how difficult it was during Victorian Times. Each character in this story has breathtaking description. As you read the story you get to create an image of what each character would look like in your own mind as you are reading. The imagery and attention to detail in this book is outstanding. While reading this text, you can almost image the characters from the film "A Christmas Carol" with Jim Carey and "The Muppets Christmas Carol" with Michael Caine. A Christmas Carol can be seen as having defining and heart breaking moments. It gives the reader a clear message throughout the book, the real and true importance of kindness and caring of those less fortunate than others. During Christmas 2012 I just had to read this and I couldn't put it down. A must read to all ages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Jarvis | 12/10/2013

    " I try to read this every Christmas. Dickens knows how to capture the spirit of the season. His writing is beautiful. The words jump off of the page into beautiful images. This is a "sitting cozy by the front window with a big pot of tea" kind of read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sami Jackson | 12/10/2013

    " CLASSIC, plus it caused a revolution that made X-mas as popular as it does today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracee | 11/19/2013

    " A good story any time of the year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Hall | 11/10/2013

    " Good to actually read a story we all think we know "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wesley Diggs | 11/8/2013

    " Nonplussed. I'll read it again though to give it a second chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Traylor | 9/30/2013

    " A classic I read every year at this time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micaela | 9/4/2013

    " one of my all-time favorite books!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 8/8/2013

    " Just about what I thought it would be based on all the movie & play adaptions I have seen - but it is Dickens and it was a great read for the Christmas season. Also it's truly more like a short story. Definite thumbs up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Bergin | 8/5/2013

    " Pleased I have finally read the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Lamie-fulk | 7/11/2013

    " Finally a classic book I can understand. Will keep to read around Christmas in the future "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alana | 6/25/2013

    " A great Classic Christmas book to get me in the festive spirit! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 6/21/2013

    " Loved it... again of course. This is a must read every year! I haven't read it for years, but was so glad to reread it. I loved Dickens style and his run on descriptive sentences. They are beautiful. Now i must choose a good movie rendition and watch it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hazel | 4/12/2013

    " My 2012 Christmas read. This classic by Charles Dickens sure brightened up the holiday for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Davis | 4/9/2013

    " Everyone knows this story, but you don't feel it, until you've read Dickens' pure version. Just those first words: "Marley was dead, to begin with," tingles your spine. -The most important story ever written on the deadly sin of greed and the restoration of a charitable heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjy | 2/18/2013

    " Easy to read, engaging and fairly short. One of the classics crossed off the list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 2/5/2013

    " It was fascinating to finally read this classic, considering the version of it I am most familiar with consists of Muppets. I was a little afraid to take this on, as all my previous attempts at reading Dickens ended abruptly. Thankfully this is relatively short, and it holds up well even now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 11/15/2012

    " Another school book I remember quite enjoying but probably spoiled by uninspiring teaching! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hal Brodsky | 11/10/2012

    " You think you know this story, but do you remember the miners ? I thought not. This is some of our greatest author's most accessible writing, so pick up or download a copy of this Novella. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen Jones | 9/1/2012

    " Such a beautiful and enduring story. It's impossible NOT to love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Knowles | 8/12/2012

    " I read this every Yuletide to my family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hpboy13 | 6/27/2012

    " Probably my favorite Dickens novel yet of the four I've read. It's simple, it's charming. Not really containing any of Dickens's trademark humor. It's very short, and therefore a quick light read, perfect for the holidays! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 12/30/2011

    " After seeing numerous version of movies (Muppets, Mickey Mouse & more) And reading Jacob T. Marley, it was high time I read the actual and entire book. It was a great treat; the movies and plays get all the plot points and characters pretty much right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spring | 6/28/2011

    " A must have! I marveled at the descriptive skills of Charles Dickens.a great read.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthy | 6/25/2011

    " I've always wanted to read the real version of this story and because I've grown hearing it every Christmas, I never bothered to actually read it. There was nothing new to add but yet, I still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dodokins | 6/24/2011

    " And every christmas, I ask myself what will I see when the spirits come? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 6/23/2011

    " Ebeneezer Scrooge - one of the best realised characters in literature :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zohaib | 6/23/2011

    " This is a good book as good as the film perhaps even better
    :)
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heath | 6/21/2011

    " You can't go wrong with Dickens. This is a classic that everyone should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cissi "Invisible but Invincible" | 6/20/2011

    " One of my favorites. Can't wait to see my old school perform the play next year! So exciting! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryl | 6/19/2011

    " I finally read the book, and loved it! If you like the classic tale, the book is a fun read. The TV and film versions I've seen all have many direct quotes from Dickens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 6/14/2011

    " Just delightful. Dickens is only surpassed by Disney. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/13/2011

    " Performed as a readers' theater in high school "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Quhtani | 6/11/2011

    " Great idea and great resolution! I'm sure if I'd have read it at a different time, I'd rate it at least 4 stars! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 6/9/2011

    " I think that this book was very vivid and creative because it has a moral within itself. It teaches you to be generous and kind to others, rather than be a selfish, greedy person that everybody will hate. This book is truly wonderful, almost like a classic within itself. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rondell | 6/8/2011

    " it was a pleasure reading this book because i think the guy at the end of all his trials learn that you cant be selfish ,greedy and mean all his life and he learn that being unselifish anf creshirish it for the best .


    p.s i spelled a word wrong correct me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 6/5/2011

    " I loved reading the original story because I have seen so many film versions of the Dickens classic. Dickens' writing style is well-crafted and entertaining as well. I found myself laughing at some of the side comments Dickens makes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 6/3/2011

    " Loved it! could read it over and over! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 8/29/2010

    " This book is so very much better than any of the huge proliferation of adaptations I've ever seen! Very much worth a read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 8/2/2010

    " An old classic revisited for seasonal inspiration! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 4/17/2010

    " A good book to read at Christmas time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dibya Pal | 10/31/2009

    " A great story that can be related to our day to day life and the deamd of inner conscience in today's contemporary world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Raju | 7/13/2009

    " Even though you know what is bound to happen, it still is an amazing read. You go through all the emotions Scrooge goes through and like him at the end you too feel happy and enriched and want to become a better person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 8/28/2008

    " I think this is maybe Dickens' second best novel. I taught it maybe twelve years straight to eighth graders. A great book to read each year at the season where we should all do a little soul searching, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorna | 8/9/2008

    " I have always meant to read this book but have never gotten around to it. It was great. I loved reading the descriptions of the things that you see in the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 5/20/2008

    " What a classic! I LOVE to read it this time of year as a reminder of what and who I want to become! "

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Author Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.