Here at Audible, we know just how much of an impact a voice can have on a story - taking simple words and filling them with elation, wonderment, tragedy, or pure satisfaction. We rely on our narrators every day to bring our favorite stories and characters to life - to introduce us to new authors and genres, or even to a new (perhaps longer) commute. And though our narrators are the best story tellers in the business, it's usually someone else's that they're telling.
This holiday season, as our gift to you, we asked 19 beloved performers to share their own personal holiday memories. With each story - some that will make you laugh, some that deal with loss, many that are filled with love and revelation - we, the listeners, get to know the person behind the voice with which we've grown so familiar.
We had a lot of fun putting this together, and we wholeheartedly thank our narrators for so generously sharing their voices and helping to brighten our holiday season.
From all of us here at Audible - happy holidays and happy listening!
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I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
While I like the idea of hearing more about where some of our favorite audible narrators came from -- in their own words -- this is a strange little bonus gift for listeners -- like that white elephant gift nobody at the party wants to take home.
Essentially, this a collection of Christmas Cards from some of Audible's favorite narrators. And while I liked hearing about where Jonathan Davis grew up, or Scott Brick's geeky holiday traditions, and Kate Reading's thoughts on clinging to the light amidst the darkness, it's hard to get beyond the feeling that this is just an odd sort of holiday smorgasbord for Audible listeners. I think it would've worked better if it had been distributed on Audible Channels somehow, or on the blog? Honestly, as a collection of stories, I don't understand why it was organized this way.
It's a nice thought but it's not Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, or any of the others we've received over the years. They're voices most of us love, but as a whole it's wrapped haphazardly.
It is wonderful to hear so many different stories of the Holiday season, from so many people that are usually reading stories from other people's minds.
these were some nice tales to listen to. thank you audible! I did skip one though because i think it talked about Santa nt being real and I have young kids. all the others stories were great though
Lame, lame, lame. Not sure what you guys were thinking but spending two hours of listening to someone else's Christmas memories as an annual gift just seems like a cheap out.
Being included in the lives of our favorite narrators
I have a vast Audiobook collection and many narrators in this book I've heard in one form or another. All of whom I appreciate and thank for sharing a part of their life, but Katherine Kellgren was with me during a particular rough patch of my life. So I wanted to send a warm and thankful shout-out for her personal Christmas story as I not only felt deep respect for her, but now a connection with a holiday tradition as well. I too have a version of a "Felt ornament" that I hold close. It's stupid, its silly and it comes with a flood of memories over a "Dukes of Hazzard" General Lee tree decoration. It's a little Shrinkie-Dink from back in my childhood dates but it means the world to me. Out of all the stories told in this audiobook, this is the one I most related too, AND it was from my favorite narrator to boot.
But my thanks runs deeper than that. The Bloody Jack series (although not my genre or age range) helped me through trying time in my life and because of it I became a stronger and better person in the end. So with much respect and admiration, Thanks! your portrayal of Mary Faber and friends helped a random stranger. God Bless!
Loved Therese Plummer's story of passing along the Christmas Carol tradition.
What a cheap present audible. Bad idea. Who cares about narrators personal stories. You would have been better off not giving a gift at all because now i see you as misguided and cheap. Thanks for WASTING my valuable time!! Next time, how about a free credit instead?!? That is a real present.
The personal Christmas memories of narrators is of zero interest. It's fine to make the annual holiday freebie a public domain offering, but at least you can draw from excellent writing. This is pure masturbation.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (true) - While I thank Audible for their effort and for providing us a free listen, I must say I enjoyed this book only marginally. Basically, multiple Audible narrators tell short stories about favorite personal Christmas traditions. Some are heartwarming but most are pretty blah, IMHO. Part of my problem may be that I only recognized a couple of the narrators, but I did perk up during their stories. The rest was just listening to somebody I don't know talk about stuff I really don't care about.
PERFORMANCE - All the narrators did a great job, for once telling stories that were close to their own hearts instead of reading someone else's work.
OVERALL - It's short, it's free. Was it worth the time...I guess so. I listened to it as I was Christmas shopping and was able to do both, however now I'm on to something more captivating!
I feel so honored to have been gifted this collection of memories from a diverse group of narrators whom I have enjoyed listening to through the years! I listened with respect for their experiences and gratitude for the part of their personal story they shared with me. What a unique and wonderful opportunity. Thanks to each of you who shares and to Audible as well!
I tried to listen to this but it was just boring. Off the cuff reminiscences about Christmas from the narrators felt like I was stuck at a party listening to people's family memories. Not everyone is good at telling stories, even if they have a nice voice.
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