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Jason

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  • A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (192)

    The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

    Paul says: "Its not the movie but its still good"
    "Random, but fun collection of stories"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but only to those not easily offended by profanity.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The book is a collection of short stories, so there wasn't a grand finale.


    What does Dick Cavett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick has a gruff voice that takes a little bit of time to start to enjoy -- however, he voice does grow on you. The reading has background sound effect and intro music -- which does help add to the performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Each of the stories had their own charms. The famous "leg lamp" story and the "Easter ham" are my favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    The stories are just a random collection of short recollections that have very little to do with Christmas, with the exception of the BB-gun story. I actually like the movie better -- it somehow takes most of these stories and puts them in a related order leading up to the climax of the BB-gun story finale. Also, the movie is family friendly -- but this book is laced with plenty of profanity.

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