Format: Audio Book (CD)
Dimensions: 1 pages, 5.5 × 4.94 × 0.31 in
Published: September 5, 2007
Publisher: Highbridge Company
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1598875329
ISBN - 13: 9781598875324
About the Book
The enchanting NPR holiday favorite--originally aired in 1990--is offered forthe first time on CD. Unabridged. 1 CD.
From the Publisher
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 just 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. His distinctive and charming reading uses a special version of the story prepared by Dickens for his own performances. The liner notes are by Winters, who clearly revels in the story''s language and message: "Merry Christmas, every one!"
From the Jacket
"Marley was dead to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Old Marley was as dead as a doornail."
So begins A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Some say this short story, first published in 1843, transformed Christmas into a major holiday. Before A Christmas Carol, there was surprisingly little celebration during the Christmas season. After its publication, the holiday became a high point of the year.
Master comedian Jonathan Winters channels all of Dickens''s unforgettable characters in a tour de force performance of this holiday classic. Using a special edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations, he re-creates Ebenezer Scrooge, Bog Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley''s spirit and the three Christmas ghosts, Past, Present, and Future. Mimi Kennedy also performs.
About the Author
Nationally renowned broadcast journalist SUSAN STAMBERG is special correspondent for NPR. Stamberg is the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program, and has won every major award in broadcasting. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Actor and director MIMI KENNEDY is known to many as Dharma''s mother in the television series Dharma and Greg . She also appeared in the Broadway and road companies of the show Hair . Mimi Kennedy got her start in theater with the Rochester Community Players, appearing in Agatha Christie''s Spider Web when she was 12 years old. Performer JONATHAN WINTERS 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. Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 - 1870), pen-name "Boz", was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, as well as a vigorous social campaigner. Many of Dickens''s novels first appeared in periodicals and magazines in serialised form-a popular format for fiction at the time-and, unlike many other authors who completed entire novels before serial production commenced, Dickens often composed his works in parts, in the order in which they were meant to appear. Such a practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by one minor "cliffhange
. . . nothing can beat this Jonathan Winters performance.
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