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Tinsel Tales Radio/TV Program

Tinsel Tales: Favorite Holiday Stories from NPR

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Publisher's Summary

Ho ho ho! Here's what to listen to while driving to the mall, wrapping gifts, entertaining friends, or relaxing in front of a crackling holiday fire.

In Scott Simon's modern version of the Christmas story, Jesus is born in an abandoned factory near Cleveland and the Three Wise Persons bring Chipotle gift cards. Claudia Sanchez gives a Latin accent to "A Visit from St. Nicholas". Barbara Bradley Hagerty explores what Christmas means for the boy choristers of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. (Hint: Handel). In a treasured 1974 recording, humorist, author, radio personality, and blacklisting victim John Henry Faulk tells of "the wonderfulest Christmas in the United States of America". A son believed missing in action during WWII is found in time for his family to celebrate the holiday. And a Vietnam veteran tells Weekend Edition Sunday about a "Silent Night" that brought hope to patients in a military hospital.

And that's just the star-topped tip of the tree. Each year, listeners tune into NPR for holiday offerings of all kinds: funny, touching, insightful, and surprising. Now anyone can listen anytime to these evergreen delights.

©1974-2010 National Public Radio, Inc. (P)2010 National Public Radio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Might be reason enough to start a new holiday listening tradition....a festive stocking stuffer of an audio". (AudioFile)

"Little could fill us with the Christmas spirit more readily than listening to NPR's Tinsel Tales. This is a collection of favorite Christmas stories selected by NPR voices throughout the years. Each selection stands alone as narrators share their special joys of the season, hopes for the future, and childhood memories. It would be impossible to select a favorite." (Gail Cooke)

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    John Grigas Wisconsin 02-12-13
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    "A Worthwhile Holiday Tradition"
    If you could sum up Tinsel Tales in three words, what would they be?

    Warm holiday tales


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tinsel Tales?

    The story, "Doing It in the Closet," read in the rich Scottish voice of John McIlwraith. This amusing tale of parents seeking a bit of privacy. It's rich and suggestive and, of course, not as naughty as it sounds at first!


    Which character – as performed by Lynn Neary – was your favorite?

    Lynn acted as host, NPR style, introducing features by reporters and artists. Her personal description of making a Gingerbread home was useful and enjoyable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, my extreme reaction is one of warmth and joy. This is as comfortable as a cup of your favorite warm beverage while curled up by the fire.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this as a nice tradition, whether listening to it while traveling to visit relatives or alone by the fire after sundown.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Ed White Stone, VA 01-07-16
    Ed White Stone, VA 01-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like to listen to NPR a lot


    What was most disappointing about NPR’s story?

    Very little new material


    Which character – as performed by Lynn Neary – was your favorite?

    no comment


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Near the beginning it had some good talks about personal Christmas traditions.


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    Sarah 01-06-16
    Sarah 01-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "not what I had expected"

    didn't finish it. this will be something I can wrap presents or doze off to, but felt more like a documentary than a collection of Christmas stories. I'm sure some will enjoy and appreciate that, it just wasn't what I thought.

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    Dan Vogel 01-01-16
    Dan Vogel 01-01-16 Member Since 2000
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    "Like Christmas presents some underwear and not"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a compilation of many stories over many years. At least they didn't have what the 12 gifts of Christmas would cost today. But they also have some stories that will leave you in tears of joy and laughter. Well worth unwrapping the socks and underwear to get to the real gems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Walter 12-31-15
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    "many laughs, and some tears."

    lots of memories just like these. good stories, great performances. I book marked a few and will share the story's. the best one was crashing the toy plane

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    Jennifer 12-31-15
    Jennifer 12-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This is a great compilation of Christmas shorts."

    This is a mix of stories, Christmas memories, facts about movies and carols, etc. This is a fun listen for the holiday. Also, the different narrators make the separation of each distinguishable.

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    SGhart 12-26-15
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    "Worth a listen."

    Starts slow with an uninteresting news story, ignore that, it gets better and is worth listening to.

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    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 12-31-15
    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 12-31-15 Member Since 2011
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    "a conservative can enjoy this"

    I almost didn't order this given it comes form NPR.
    But it was a nice, warm look at Christmas stories. One of my favorite stories was the Christmas in Texas.
    No big raves, but it was well worth the 99 cents I paid for it on special.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer USA 12-25-15
    Amazon Customer USA 12-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "$0.95 Deal Day Audible Was Worth a Shot"

    An Incredibly rare & unbiased NPR-Radio book from a notorious Left-Wing-Lib Government Funded Broadcasting Network.

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    Jason D Shapiro 12-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "not what I was expecting"

    wanted sy I stories - not half news and bad stories about stories. Who wants to hear an an voice - npt calming inbetween mediocre stories at best.

    3 of 31 people found this review helpful

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