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A Christmas Carol

Performance - Spoken Word
Fiction: Public Radio / Classics
Unabridged   1 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/25/2007

A Christmas Carol

Available from major retailers or BUY FROM AMAZON
Audio CD ISBN:9781598875324
Digital Download ISBN:9781598876277


Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of this holiday classic, using a special performance edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Mimi Kennedy also performs.

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Product Description

The enchanting NPR holiday favorite is finally on CD.

“Old Marley was as dead as a doornail”—and so, nearly, was Christmas itself when Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol in 1843. Most traditions had been forgotten, and few if any employees got time off to celebrate. Dickens’ story captured the imagination of a generation and transformed December 25 into a major holiday.

For many National Public Radio listeners, it wouldn’t be Christmas without hearing Jonathan Winters perform A Christmas Carol. The master comedian brilliantly re-creates Dickens’ cast of colorful characters: Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley’s spirit, and the three Christmas ghosts, Past, Present, and Future in this distinctive and charming reading.


“Comedy legend Winters, who serves as narrator while also performing all of the male roles, juggles his duties seamlessly and demonstrates remarkable dramatic range. His portrayal of Scrooge before the ghostly visitations evokes discernable pain and loss beyond the over-the-top antics of an ogre figure. Veteran actress Mimi Kennedy voices the female parts with gusto. With its quality production, attractive price and one-hour length, this release offers the perfect gift and establishes a festive new annual ritual for families to share. [starred review]”
      —Publishers Weekly

“Any fan of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol will want to get the Jonathan Winters CD interpretation of this Christmas classic. It doesn't and never will get better than this.”
      —The Serious Comedy Site

“. . . nothing can beat this Jonathan Winters performance.”
      —The Reviews Page

Author Bio

Performer JONATHAN WINTER began his career as a standup-comic and radio personality before moving to television and films. The late talk show icon Jack Paar dubbed him “pound for pound, the funniest man on earth.” The comedian was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1999. He has multiple Grammy® nominations and one win.