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A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film | [Jean Shepherd]

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

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.
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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.

This audio production of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker's shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father's pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie's duel in the snow with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie's unstoppable campaign to get Santa, or anyone else, to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid"?

The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories, coalesce in a magical fashion to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.

© Jean Shepherd; (P)2004 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a divison of Random House, Inc.

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    Val B. Sigler ohio 12-26-08
    Val B. Sigler ohio 12-26-08
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    "always a great story!"

    have loved this story for years and still watch it every year. nice to have the Audible version so can play it in bed with the kids!

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    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 02-14-14
    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "CHRISTMAS STORY BOOK BETTER THAN THE MOVIE"

    I really didn't think I would like the book, since I did not especially like the movie, but the book was soooo much better than the movie. Explains things better and has things in it than the movie did not.

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    Ken SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 09-17-13
    Ken SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Totally worth it"
    Would you listen to A Christmas Story again? Why?

    Yes, you can easily re-listen to this book. Just like a tradition of watching the movie, except this is so much better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Story?

    Too many. The whole book will make you smile and laugh.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All. Short listen but so much fun.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Haha they did this and it worked. You like the movie. Don't worry you still will after this, but you will love the book.


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    1/2DHsquared Langley, BC, Canada 01-31-13
    1/2DHsquared Langley, BC, Canada 01-31-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Much more to it than the film ever showed"

    I didn't like the film, and was surprised that the book had a lot more in it than what was in the movie. An interesting listen for any time of year.

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    Carla Hermantown, MN, United States 01-14-13
    Carla Hermantown, MN, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great beginning"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    We listened to this book during out holiday travels. The beginning was funny, but drug on from the midpoint on.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jean Shepherd again?

    yes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when he shot the BB gun.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting the whole book to be funny after having heard so much about the movie. I was disappointed in the last half of the book.

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    Amazon Customer Albany, OR, United States 01-08-13
    Amazon Customer Albany, OR, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Great listen at Christmas time"

    I was born in N Indiana, and moved when I was 7. I often wondered why my parents were the way they were. I understand them better now. BBs do not always hit the eye. I do remember wearing knickers on the way to school.

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    Mary Lynne Jarvis Ozark, MO United States 01-08-13
    Mary Lynne Jarvis Ozark, MO United States 01-08-13
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    "Pretty much what one would expect"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have never been an aficionado of the movie, but wanted to hear the book to see whether maybe I was missing something. It was okay, but I don't want to listen twice. I would neither recommend nor discourage a friend to read the book.


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    WK WEST LAKE HILLS, TEXAS, United States 01-07-13
    WK WEST LAKE HILLS, TEXAS, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Many laughs for Christmas."
    Would you listen to A Christmas Story again? Why?

    Perhaps next Chritmas would be a good time to hear it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ralphie is the central character, of course; but the "old man" steals a lot of scenes.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Cavett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had not heard Cavett before on Audible. He did a good job, but Jean Shepherd's narration in the movie is hard to beat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I like to spread Audible books out over a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to stop smiling (or laughing out loud) from start to finish.

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    Mary Bloomington, IN, United States 12-31-12
    Mary Bloomington, IN, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I think I'd still enjoy the movie more..."

    If I had read the book, first, then saw the movie, I do think I'd enjoy the movie more. I found this book more interesting in an academic sort of way. I liked how Ralphy found the Ovaltine can, and it was neat to find out what sent him down Memory Lane to childhood Christmases. But I found the narration not what I expected.

    The events happened in a very different order as well. I thought I'd be anticipating that Ralphy would get the BB gun at the end of the book and was sort of disappointed when it happened closer to the beginning.

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    Pat Campbellford, ON, Canada 12-24-12
    Pat Campbellford, ON, Canada 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "If you loved the movie you will like this."

    I have watched the movie every year but this is the first book rendition encountered. A little surprising to find the book spanned a few of the seasons as compared to the movies Christmas time only. The movie combined the entire book into the Christmas Season except for a few details of the Bumbus clan and added a few things for entertainment value. I enjoyed the narration and sound effects included, enabling good visualization of the stories settings and characters. Anyone over 40 should be able to relate to the Old Man, Ralphie and the rest of the characters including the antics of the Old Man during this depression era period.
    Appealing to all ages who have had dreams, wishes and childhood memories, you can relate to Ralphies trials and tribulations of kid dom, no matter what era you grew up in.

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