cover image A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, , read by Patrick Stewart. . Audioworks, $14.95 ( , two CDs, 2 hrs., $14.95 ISBN p) ISBN 978-0-7435-6379-6

This reissued recording of Stewart's touted Broadway performance might prove to be the enduring interpretation of Dickens's beloved tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of past, present, and future who catalyze his transformation. In a production stripped of sound effects, Stewart's theatrical talents take center stage. Reading with a voice that it is at once commanding and fragile, he creates a Scrooge of unexpected complexity and pathos. A spare and dazzling listen that might be the best rendition of the classic since the 1951 Alistair Sim production. (Nov.)