At Christmastime, a pregnant teenage runaway finds herself in the care of an elderly grandma-type who is an independent, practical, tough-minded recluse living in a remote part of South Dakota.
©1961 Rod Serling (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks
This story ranks at the top of the twilight zone recordings I've heard so far.
I think the story would've been better if there was not so much time wasted in between the change of scenes. You hear several seconds of music when they switch between each set of characters. That was too long without words and story continuation. I didn't like this one that much.
I would recommend this story to anyone who loves a well crafted story, one that makes you feel good. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about listening to a Christmas story in August, and since it was a story that takes place in The Twilight Zone, I really didn't know what to expect. A young man, his wife and their little daughter are taking a flight on Christmas Eve to visit his mother who lives in a remote area in South Dakota. Their flight is grounded due to a bad snow storm, and they apparently have to spend Christmas Eve in a hotel room, and their grand daughter, who in her innocence is attracted to a man who is dressed in angel costume. The story is cleverly constructed with many little plots intertwined and interesting characters. They all are connected to each other, and each contributes to the outcome of the story. The story is grounded upon the man who is is dressed as an angel, who ties all of the strings of the plot together into a beautiful Christmas bow as the story reaches its ultimate conclusion. I found the story to be very enjoyable, and I have to say that is one of the best short stories that I have ever listened to. Rarely, if ever, do I want to listen to or read a story again, but I can see myself enjoying this one again in the future. I have been buying individual stories from The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas. Some, like this one, are just forty- eight cents. Very rarely if ever do you get very much for that amount these days, and this story is worth a whole lot more than that. Although these stories are not the original Twilight Zone stories written Rod Sterling, they are inspired by the series, and they are dramatized for listening featuring a cast of actors, some who are well known. I have listened to many of them, and I have enjoyed them as much and in this case, even better than the originals.
Nothing really stands out to me a defining moment since there was so much of the story that I enjoyed, but I think that I enjoyed it most when I could see all of the elements of the plot coming together near the end. That was the most enjoyable part for me.
I enjoyed the character of the man who was dressed up like any angel.
I did not have an extreme reaction. Mostly, for me there was a feeling of enjoyment and admiration at how the writer had all of these characters and plots intertwined and then everything coming together perfectly in the end.
I did not expect to enjoy this story so much, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I actually did enjoy it, so much so that out of all of the Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, this was the one that I enjoyed the most. It left me with a feeling on pleasure which lingered, and it made me want to go back through the others and find more enjoyable stories.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
But the story inside is from the twilight zone,
With messages from the Angels of Christmas,
The story has many threads to follow along,
Yet they all seem to say: 'be kind on more than Christmas Day'
Some hammy acting from the young females does not spoil this sweet Christmas story. A story that jumps from place to place, but not irritatingly so. A common thread (sorta) keeps it together. A sense of "where the heck is this story going" is not always a bad thing, given the predictability of some TZ stories.
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