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Mainstream - Jonathan Winters - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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Jonathan Winters
Charles Dickens? A Christmas Carol
With Mimi Kennedy
NPR 2004
HighBridge Audio 2007

Jonathan Winters and the many voices in his head perform Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Winters himself is enough to bring this classic story to life but there are a few sound effects and musical bridges here and there to give this CD even more dimension.

Mimi Kennedy plays the few women in this tale.

This is of course not a reading of the Dickens classic and there a few scenes were cut out, such as the school room scene with his sister which gives just enough information to get the idea.

Aside from having A Christmas Carol read to you by your favorite parent or grandparent, nothing can beat this Jonathan Winters performance. He voices not only Scrooge and Bob Cratchit but the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, as well as Tiny Tim and Scrooge's nephew.

Some of the vocal choices such as a Scottish brogue for Scrooge's nephew might surprise at first but the listener quickly goes along with it.

Some of Winters' voices, such as that of the ghost of Christmas past, do slip in and out a bit but you have to be really picky to make this an issue.

Originally heard on National Public Radio, this performance is a must for any fan of this legendary comedian and of this legendary author.

A minor quibble is the original National Public Radio introduction to this classic has been replaced with a rather generic one. Somewhat fortunately, the text of the original introduction, which pointed out how much retailers owe Dickens for reviving the Christmas tradition, has been used in the liner notes.

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