A Christmas Carol has constantly been in print since its original publication in 1849, and has been adapted for stage, television, film, and opera. It has often been credited with returning the jovial and festive atmosphere to the holiday season in Britain and North America, following the somber period that emerged during the Industrial Revolution. The story opens on a bleak and cold Christmas Eve as Ebenezer Scrooge is closing up his office for the day. As the story progresses and Christmas morning approaches, Scrooge encounters the unforgettable characters that make this story a classic: Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and, of course, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. In audiobook format, you have the option of hearing the story performed by a number of narrators (with or without added effects and music.) Some of these include Patrick Stewart, Simon Prebble, Paul Scofield, Jonathan Winters, Martin Jarvis, Anton Lesser, Simon Vance, Tim Curry (the original IT clown), or a full cast. But one you may not know about is above: the great grandson of Charles Dickens himself. Gerald Dickens is a gifted actor with a touring one-man show. He recently performed in Tennessee at a bed and breakfast, but travels extensively in American and England. His audiobook can be found HERE, along with other Black Friday bargains.
Regarding the National Book Awards, the winners for 2017 are Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward; The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen; Half-Light: Collected Poems by Frank Bidart; and Far From the Tree by Robin Benway. Annie Proulx was given a lifetime achievement medal, and gave a controversial yet stunning speech about the political divide in America, and how hubris and violence, along with the new policies of the Trump administration, is allowing the degradation of the environment for the purpose of short term gains. (Unobtainium?) Actress Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada) also gave an emotional speech, introducing her. Proulx won the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for The Shipping News. She stated that had only begun writing at age 58, and got applause for giving a twist to the “lifetime achievement.”