LISTENER

LAHM

  • 4
  • reviews
  • 0
  • helpful votes
  • 8
  • ratings
  • A Christmas Carol (Radio Spirits Version - Dramatized)

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

Orson Welles' dramatic anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air, infamous for its Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds, found a sponsor and became Campbell Playhouse in December 1938. The program continued to feature the charismatic and fiery Welles as both a host and an actor. The great Lionel Barrymore portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in Campbell Playhouse's annual performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lionel Barrymore Brings this Tale to Life

  • By The Kindler on 09-29-16

An Enjoyable Audio Memory

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Listening to this excerpt of the Campbell's Radio Theater narrated by one of the legends of radio and theater is amazing. It's radio-play is similar to the screenplay for the 1938 film adaptation starring Gene Lockhart as Bob Crachett. If you are a fan of that or the 1950's versions of the film you will find this telling most enjoyable.

  • The Man Who Invented Christmas

  • How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
  • By: Les Standiford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist. The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Told!

  • By JodyB on 12-01-17

Getting to know Dickens

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I very much enjoyed this background work on The Christmas Carol. However, the story of Dickens own redemption is so well woven in with "the Carol's" origin it is hard to see where one ends and the other begins. To me, that was a joy in listening to this. I commute about an hour for work; so during the holidays it was nice to have a scholarly yet holiday related work to listen to. If you've ever wanted to as the Ghost of Christmas Present states " ...come here and know me better man." This book will do the job.

  • Never Look at the Empty Seats

  • A Memoir
  • By: Charlie Daniels
  • Narrated by: Charlie Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 304

Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. Listeners will experience a soft, personal side of Charlie Daniels that has never before been documented. In his own words, he presents the path from his post-Depression childhood to performing for millions as one of the most successful country acts of all time and what he has learned along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Rocking Chair on Charlie's Front porch.

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-07-17

Moving Memoir

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I am not always a fan of the memoir genre. However, this book is a totally different take on the stereotypical "Birth to Death (or at least late life)" track the normal memoir has. The book is read by the author- making it approachable and fun. I am a college history professor and I specialize in Oral History. As a result, I have done many interviews. Listening to this book is akin to pulling up a chair in Mr. Daniels living room and being told the story of him and the "CDB" ( Charlie Daniels Band for those unfamiliar with his music) . I grew up with parents who were of the "Southern Rock" era. The CDB and Lynard Skynard, as well as, many others are part of the musical memories of my childhood. I remain a fan of these and many similar groups today. Music permeated the house all of my growing up. My mother always had the radio on. During the late 1980's you would still the CDB on the radio- Country radio. Quite the departure from where they began. It is also the story of his journey to know himself and it is a lovely one. I thoroughly enjoyed his statement that the CDB plays "American Music" with elements of Jazz, Rock, Gospel, Blues, and Country- in his opinion all genres born in the United States. The only thing I didn't care for in the book is in a chapter or two he was a bit political for me. However, its his memoir and his feelings. So on that if you don't agree with his thoughts "chew up the meat and spit out the fat" to use an old expression. Overall entertaining, fun, and a charming ride the life of an American legend.

  • Jingle Bell Pop

  • By: John Seabrook
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,096

On Christmas Eve, 1818, in a small Austrian village, a local Catholic priest and a church organist composed a Christmas carol that changed the course of holiday music forever. Exactly two hundred years later, it’s not the holiday season until you’ve heard “Silent Night” in the car, at the store and on TV – all in the same day. 

In Jingle Bell Pop, John Seabrook, acclaimed author of The Song Machine, takes us deep inside the holiday music business. We go behind the scenes to meet some of the producers, songwriters and recording artists responsible for the timeless tunes we hear on repeat between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making of a Christmas Hit

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Academic yet Sentimental.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I am a college history professor and specialize in pop culture. I found this super enjoyable and it had things I could pass along to classes. Learning in a fun way. I also LOVE Christmas and holiday music. Overall it was great fun.