Neil Gaiman reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ is the most soothing thing we’ve heard all season

Most of us are familiar with Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol (at least the Muppet version of events). But how often do you hear the tale read aloud by one of Britain’s greatest voices?

Today, the folks over at The Mary Sue happened upon a recording of author Neil Gaiman’s very special reading of the classic tale for an event at the world-famous New York Public Library. According to the site, the award-winning American Gods and Coraline author — dressed to the nines in 18th century duds — read from a copy of A Christmas Carol that can only be found in the library’s special collection. Why? This particular copy of the book features notes and prompts penned by Dickens himself on how to read the story aloud just as he did 150 years ago.

With the help of BBC writer and researcher Molly Oldfield, we think Gaiman hit this one out of the park. If you have an hour and a half to spare, check out the beautiful reading below:

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