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.
Jean Shepherd's writing has to be experienced to be believed. I couldn't imagine a better narrator for A Christmas Story than Dick Cavett. He captures the spirit of the tale perfectly. The other short stories in the collection are very good, as well, although none rises to the level of A Christmas Story. A truly inspired tale, every bit as charming as A Christmas Carol.
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.
Yes, you can easily re-listen to this book. Just like a tradition of watching the movie, except this is so much better.
Too many. The whole book will make you smile and laugh.
All. Short listen but so much fun.
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.
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.
We listened to this book during out holiday travels. The beginning was funny, but drug on from the midpoint on.
when he shot the BB gun.
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.
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.
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.
Perhaps next Chritmas would be a good time to hear it again.
Ralphie is the central character, of course; but the "old man" steals a lot of scenes.
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.
Yes, but I like to spread Audible books out over a few days.
It's hard to stop smiling (or laughing out loud) from start to finish.
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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