Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, performed by Patrick Stewart

I have enjoyed listening to Patrick Stewart's naration of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for the past few years. It is a fantastic performance of the best parts of the book. Patrick Stewart does not narrate the book word for word, and it makes a story more powerful, in my opinion. His voice does a great job performing the voices of the various characters of Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Mrs. Cratchit, and all the others.
Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge is a penny pinching, pragmatic man who doesn't commit crimes, but doesn't show compassion to his fellow humans either. One Christmas Eve night, he is visited by the spirit of his old business partner, Jacob Marley who has been dead for exactly seven years. After this visit, he is visited by three other ghosts, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. And he is spurred on to change his ways, or he will die a lonely death, forgotten by everybody. But worse, little Tim Cratchit a small boy with a disease like rickets or renal tubular acidosis will die as well if Scrooge doesn't change his ways! Does Scrooge make the change to save both himself and little Tim? Read the book, or listen to Patrick Stewart's audio narration of the story, and find out! A Christmas Carol was originally published in 1843. Patrick Stewart's production was fist published in 1991.

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