- [-] Other Available FormatsOur PriceNew & Used MarketplaceChristmas Carol, a (W/Audio), Level 2, Pearson English Readers (Paperback)
Publisher: Pearson Education ESL$14.65
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 83.
- Review Date: 2007-08-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Dickens's classic holiday tale, like many cultural touchstones, often falls into the trap of perennial reinterpretation. First aired in 1990 but only now available on CD, NPR's presentation serves to place the familiar story back in its historical context. NPR News anchor Susan Stamberg's introduction, along with background information in the liner notes, offers valuable insights regarding both Dickens's gritty backdrop and his role in reviving Christmas traditions otherwise forgotten amid rapid urban industrialization. The script being performed is the same one Dickens used to use at readings. 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. (Sept.)
Stocking stuffers and beyond
When a classic comic, Jonathan Winters, meets a Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, we get a golden oldie that really glitters. And we get Winters at his best, seeming to channel all the voices of Dickens' beloved characters. Available as an audio for the first time, this National Public Radio favorite is a very special holiday special.